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Your Rights

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted to protect you from the power that the State and Police have in your life:

  1. You have the right to remain silent if you are being investigated for a criminal offence. If police ask, politely give them your name and date of birth, but you donít have to say anything else or explain anything.

  2. You have the right to know what you are being investigated for or why you are detained. Donít be afraid to ask why they are stopping you from going on your way.

  3. If you are being arrested or detained, you have the right to call a lawyer of your choice and speak to that person in private. Once you assert that right, police are supposed to stop eliciting information from you until you have had a chance to speak to a lawyer.
There are many other rights that are afforded to you by the Charter and I frequently examine how police have searched my clients property, how police have conducted their investigations and how my clients have been treated while being detained by police. If the police have breached your Charter protected rights I will be able to apply to the Court to have evidence excluded in your case.

Ignatius Pielecki specializes in criminal law in Vernon, Kelowna, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm. Please visit VernonCriminalLawyer.com if you are looking for someone experienced in criminal law in Vernon or the surrounding areas. Ignatius Pielecki is here to help.

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