What to do When They Come for You – Ron Penfound

Published October 1, 2013

tractorWhen the average Canadian hears a knock at his door, he/she usually answers it. If the person knocking is one of either the R.C.M.P., the dog catchers, the humane society, the City Police, M.N.R., M.O.E or the O.P.P., anybody with a vehicle provided by the tax payers, in a uniform or not, with a badge or not, the normal Canadian’s first reaction is to be helpful. Invite them in for tea and answer all of their questions in an attempt to assist.

What he doesn’t know is that the person knocking on the door may have received a complaint from Crime Stoppers, a nosey neighbor, a person driving by your property or a myriad of other complainants.

If this is the case he/she will not tell you the sources of their information. You no longer have the right to “face your accuser”. If you are unfortunate enough to have a criminal record you will know how to handle this situation. The percentage of Canadians with criminal records is very low and the law abiding citizen can be taken advantage of by the very people who are supposed to protect us. A police officer has the right to lie to you in the course of an investigation.

It is a crime for you to lie to him/her. Remember, once they are on your case they are not your friend.

What to do:

1. When you answer the door, step outside and close the door behind you.
2. Do not invite them in.
3. Ask if you are under investigation.
4. If they say “No”, ask them to explain why they are there.
5. If they say “Yes”, ask if they have a warrant.
6. If they say “No”, tell them to “Have a nice day”.

What to do if you are charged:

1. Say nothing.
2. Give no statement. (It is your right)
3. Demand disclosure (this is a copy of their statements against you)
4. Ascertain the seriousness of the charge.
5. Do you need a lawyer?
6. If Yes, get the best you can afford.

What to watch for:

1. Is the Prosecutor a lawyer?
2. Will you be before a Judge, or a J.P.?

In an extremely high percentage of all cases they will attempt to extort you into a settlement. “If you plead guilty, and pay a fine it will go away”. This is a win for them. In many cases you will pay a lawyer $300.00 per hour for approximately 20 hours to get to this stage. You may be able to do this on your own. Remember, always negotiate from a position of strength.

Make them believe that you want to go to Trial!

6 Responses to “What to do When They Come for You – Ron Penfound”

  1. Rebecca October 9, 2013

    I did all of that they went an got a warrant as they were now pissed … an came back .I cooperated with them an they charged me.. I would like to add that you need to document everything keep a log an photos of everything if they take a picture you take the same photo take a photo of them taking the photo if you have to take photos till the cows come home.. dont think about it just snap the photo trust me it comes in handy.. when you can say she did this oh an here is the photo to show she did.. get as many people there at your place as you can friends family neighbors anyone who will come.Dont sign anything if you going to loose you might as well loose fighting an make them pay big … for the hassle..

  2. C BLANCHER October 7, 2013

    THIS IS EXCELLENT ADVICE. A MUST RETAIN FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.

  3. Dwight Miller October 6, 2013

    Thanks for this info. This is real good advice.

  4. Vincent G October 1, 2013

    Excellent advice!
    Read and memorize!!

  5. Jim B October 1, 2013

    A great checklist to keep handy.

  6. Joseph Soucy October 1, 2013

    Its the 20hrs. @ $300/hr that hangs over your head. They can delay and then at the last minute ask for a dismissal, and your still out a lot of money.


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