Do I have to answer police questions when I’m detained or arrested?
Question & AnswerDo I have to answer police questions when I’m detained or arrested?
1. Determine whether you have to identify yourself
You must identify yourself if:
- the police have you after an accident
- the police think you’ve broken a provincial or municipal traffic law while riding your bicycle
- the police have stopped you while you’re driving a motor vehicle
If you refuse to identify yourself in these situations, you may get or have to stay with the police longer.
If you’re a bicycle rider, you don’t have to show a licence. You can simply give the police your name and address.