When you are arrested or detained by police, you trigger certain rights. One of those rights is a right to contact legal counsel, usually by telephone. Even if you haven’t met a lawyer before, if you request to speak with a certain lawyer, the police will attempt to connect the both of you. If you cannot speak with a lawyer of your choice, you can also ask to speak to an on-call lawyer from Legal Aid. The lawyer you speak to can tell you about certain other rights you may wish to exercise, including a right to silence under police questioning. At this point, the police usually make the decision whether or not they will let you go, or detain you – if they detain you, you may have to go for bail.

If you’d like to contact Scott Wilson to provide free and immediate emergency legal advice, please phone him at (204) 415-5544 ext 7. You can also call (204) 415-5544 ext 9 to speak with our firm’s 24/7 on-call lawyer.