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Tom Rees | Criminal Defence Lawyer Winnipeg

What should I do if I’m arrested for assault?

If you are arrested in Winnipeg or the surrounding areas, you should follow a few basic steps:

  1. Listen to the police so you know the charges you are facing.
  2. Confirm your name if the police ask.
  3. Tell them you want to speak to a lawyer before answering any questions.
  4. Do not say anything to the police during the trip to the police station.
  5. Call a lawyer at your first opportunity.
    • Tom Rees & Company provides an on-call lawyer to speak to you while you are the custody of the police.
    • Call 204.415.5544 ext. 9 to speak to the on-call lawyer.
  6. The lawyer you speak to will advise you. Listen carefully to that advice and follow it.

Remember that you may be on video during your police interview. You should be polite when being interviewed by the police, but you have a right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right if you are being questioned by the police. Just tell them that your lawyer told you not to say anything.

If you are released by police, you should contact a lawyer immediately to meet and review your charges. You may be bound by conditions and you will be required to attend court. It is in your best interest to consult a lawyer prior to your first court date.

If you are held in custody, a lawyer can meet with you before bail court and assist you to apply for bail, or secure your release with the prosecutor.

Call Tom Rees & Co. to speak with a lawyer. If you are in police custody, you can call 204.415.5544 ext. 9 to speak with our on-call lawyer. You can also email to arrange a meeting with one of our lawyers. Your first consultation is free.


*Note: This page is being provided as general information, but it should not be used as legal advice. Consult a lawyer if you have been arrested by police.