Vancouver Criminal Law – BC Criminal Court Procedures
Being charged with a criminal offence is likely one of the most stressful events someone will face in their lifetime. The consequences that can follow as a result of being convicted or pleading guilty can be very significant. A criminal record can limit one’s ability to secure employment and to travel freely inside Canada and abroad. It is very important that you at least consult with a lawyer who has the expertise in the area of law you are charged with so that your rights are fully protected before you are compelled to step into that courtroom.
KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
“Officer, I know my constitutional rights. Firstly, I refuse to speak with you, other than to identify myself. I further refuse to consent for you to search my person, or my residence, or my motor vehicle. I wish to speak to my lawyer immediately. If I am not under arrest, I wish to leave.”