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Non-criminal lawyers must use caution advising those arrested, lawyers say

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 11:42 AM | By Terry Davidson

Lawyers not practising criminal law but called by people arrested should be cautious when giving guidance, but know enough to advise on staying silent, dealing with persistent police questioning and seeking criminal defence counsel, say legal experts.

It is a situation most lawyers have faced regardless of their area of practice: A panic-stricken family member, friend or acquaintance calls up, saying, ‘I’ve been arrested, what do I do?’ ”

Yes, what do you do?

James Morton, Morton BarristersToronto criminal lawyer James Morton, of Morton Barristers, will...