What happens after an arrest?

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – to remain silent is the most important. Whatever happens, do not make a statement to the police until you consult with a lawyer. Gregory Leslie Law Office is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact our offices immediately so that you have the best protection possible.

For less serious offences, you will be released from the police station after you have executed an undertaking agreeing to attend court on a specific date, as well as possible conditions that you must agree to stay away from a particular person or place while you are awaiting your trial. In the case of more serious offences, you will be held for a bail hearing before a Justice of the Peace (“JP”) within 24 hours of your arrest. The JP will then determine whether you will be released on bail or kept in jail while waiting for your trial.

A court date will usually be set within three weeks after your arrest. There will be several appearances before a trial date is set. Disclosure will be provided on the first court date. It is important to contact Gregory Leslie Law Office immediately so that the disclosure can be reviewed in order to build the best defence.



Following your arrest for an indictable offence, police will fingerprint and photograph you. These records are added to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), a data-base maintained by the RCMP. If you are not found guilty of the offence, you can apply to have these records destroyed.