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?
4. Remain silent
What to say
The police can keep asking questions and trying to get a statement from you even after you say that you want to remain silent. If the police are questioning 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 as often as necessary. By saying this, you make it clear that you have chosen to use your right to remain silent.
In most situations, you don't have to answer any questions from the police. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects your right to remain silent. Anything you say to the police may be used as if you're charged with an .
If you lie to the police, you can be charged with .
If you're being or , the police may caution you before asking for a statement but they don't have to tell you about your right to remain silent.
If you don't ask to talk to a lawyer, the police can keep asking you questions after they have cautioned you. But you don't have to answer.
If you've been detained or arrested, and the police are asking you questions, use your right to counsel. Ask to talk to a lawyer right away.