Frequently Asked Questions
The first thing you should do is contact a lawyer. It is very important to get legal advice before going to the police station. Meeting with your lawyer will help you understand your rights, your options and the process prior to having contact with the police. Often times your lawyer can also assist by communicating with the police officer in question in order to gather more information, assess the situation and arrange an appropriate time for a meeting between you and the police. It is important to remember that getting legal advice is not a sign of guilt. It is a right, and one that you should not hesitate to exercise.
The answer to this question really depends on the circumstances of your case. Similarly to a painter who needs do a walk through of your house and consider the size of the job before giving you an estimate, a lawyer needs to consider the particular complexities of your case before he or she is able to tell you how much it will cost.
It is very important to get legal advice at the earliest opportunity possible. If the police have contacted you, or you are aware that a criminal investigation has begun, you should get legal advice immediately in order to be prepared for what might be coming. If you were taken by surprise by a criminal charge and you have already been charged and given a court date, you should get legal advice before your first court date.
No. You are legally required to attend the police station on the date and time indicated on the form in order to be fingerprinted. At times, if you have scheduling conflict, there may be some ability to change the time or date of this attendance by contacting the police station in advance (your lawyer can assist you with this). Barring some change in the time that has been pre-approved by the police service in question, you are required to attend as indicated on the document. Failure to do so can result in an additional criminal charge of failing to attend for fingerprinting.