Legal obligation and ability to confess a crime

All information I have seen online regarding turning myself in for a crime is regarding crimes with an outstanding warrant. If I have committed a crime (hybrid offense) years ago, am I obligated by law to confess this crime? From what I've read, if there is no warrant then it would prompt and investigation but if there is no evidence of the crime having happened then would the investigation even result in a trial? would I even be able to confess to the crime?

Asked over 1 year ago in Ontario
Categories: Criminal Law

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Edward Prutschi

Answer by Edward Prutschi

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There is never an "obligation" to "confess to a crime" - you have an absolute right to silence. If there were a warrant out for your arrest, you'd be best advised to turn yourself in rather than running from the warrant but if police have no knowledge of the offence, then it's really a moral question - not a legal one - as to whether you want to admit to your wrongdoing.

If you would like to consult with a Toronto criminal lawyer, please don't hesitate to contact me to arrange a consultation where I can address the particularly of your matter further.

Posted over 1 year ago

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