3. Remain silent

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3. Remain silent

You have the right to remain silent. This is a protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In most situations, you don’t have to answer any questions the police ask you. Anything you say to the police may be used as evidence.

Exception for a motor vehicle accident

If you’re in a motor vehicle accident you may be required by law to give a statement to the police. This statement is called an accident report. You are required by law to give police the information necessary to complete the report.

Your accident report cannot be used against you as self-incriminating evidence, but making an untrue statement is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act. Also, if you lie to the police, you can be charged with obstructing justice.

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Reviewed: December 17, 2018

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