Advice needed before being questioned by police

Police want to question my son (age 17) about his room mate. I believe the suspicion is weapons/guns. It's Sunday and there is no legal advice available to him before going in. They've said he doesn't have to but it's required of them to ask him a few more questions. They had the opportunity this morning and he told them he had been asleep and knows nothing. Yet now they want to ask more questions. They had told him he had to leave early this morning when the woke him up entering his room. Should he not have legal advice before speaking with them again. I don't know his room mate well but he sounds like trouble. He could be trying to lay blame on my son to avoid charges himself. Please advise.

Asked 8 months ago in Brantford, Ontario
Categories: Criminal Law  Legal Aid

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Edward Prutschi

Answer by Edward Prutschi

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No one is under any obligation to speak with police and, generally speaking, the best advice is to exercise your right to silence.

This goes doubly so for youth (under 18) who have a right to have a parent present when questioned by police.

Our firm of criminal lawyers has extensive experience dealing with allegations involving Young Offenders. You may want to invest in a consultation with one of our lawyers along with your son before proceeding to have any future communication with the police.

Posted 8 months ago

Edward D. Prutschi Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Criminal Litigation
5000 Yonge Street, Suite 1708 Toronto, ON M2N 7E9
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