What if the police arrest me and don’t let me leave?

2. Remain silent

The police can keep asking questions and trying to get a statement from you even after you say that you want to remain silent. The police can also keep asking you questions even after you have spoken to a lawyer.

What to say

If the police question you and you don’t want to answer, tell them. Politely say, “I do not wish to give a statement or answer any questions.” Repeat this statement as often as necessary and until the police stop asking you questions. By making this statement, you make it clear that you have chosen to use your right to remain silent.

Your rights

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your right to remain silent.

You don’t have to answer any questions the police ask you. Anything you say to the police may be used as for or against you if you’re charged with an .

If you’re being or , the police may caution you about your right to remain silent before asking for a statement. But they don’t have to tell you about this right.

It’s usually in your best interest to remain silent. It’s always in your best interest to wait until you’ve talked to a lawyer before you decide whether to answer questions from the police.

If you lie to the police, you can be charged with the criminal offence called .

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