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“Help! I’ve Been Arrested!” What to Do When You Get the Call

with John Hale

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Learning Options:

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

*This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A. SK attendees please verify whether you align with Central (MB) or Mountain (AB) time based on season and location.

Registration Fee:

Save $25
Register on or before February 26, 2021
$140.00 + HST

Register after February 26, 2021
$165.00 + HST

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CPD Credit Hours:

CPID Credit Hours

ON: This program contains 1.0 Substantive hour and 0.5 Professionalism hours.

BC: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours, including 0.5 hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management.

SK: This program has been approved for 1.5 CPD hours, 0.5 hours of which qualifies as ethics. 

NB: CPD application is pending.

Lawyers in all other mandatory CPD jurisdictions may count their actual attendance at the program towards their CPD requirement/plan.

Seminar Partners is an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario, and a pre-approved CPD Provider of the Law Society of British Columbia.

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Who Should Attend

This program is a must attend for any non-criminal lawyer who has ever worried about, expected, or received the frantic “Help! I’ve been arrested!” call.

About the Program

At some point or another, even non-criminal lawyers are likely to receive a phone call from a client (or friend or relative) who has been arrested, or who has a family member who has been arrested. “What should I do?” they will ask. What you say, and what happens in the next few minutes and hours - whether dealing with a minor or serious matter - can have a profound impact on your client’s future. This popular 90 minute webinar, refreshed for 2021, and with a new presenter, will arm you with sufficient knowledge to answer that question intelligently and competently. The course is designed for non-criminal law practitioners and new lawyers considering a criminal defence practice. Although you may ultimately refer the client to another lawyer, what you learn in this program will enable you to collect essential information, and provide important advice about do’s and don’ts during detention, arrest and custody. Experienced criminal defence counsel John Hale will provide an overview of the most frequent reasons a person may be arrested or detained, suggest best practices for counseling your client, advise what rights to preserve and how, and address what comes next. Don’t miss this unique how-to reference guide for receiving the phone call that every non-criminal lawyer wonders how to handle.

Meet Your Presenter

John HaleJohn Hale is a criminal defence lawyer, based in Ottawa. He has been practising criminal defence law (both trial and appellate advocacy) for over 30 years. A certified specialist in criminal law by the Law Society of Ontario, John’s practice includes every criminal offence imaginable - from the routine (thefts, frauds, impaired driving/DUI, youth matters, drug charges, sexual assaults) to the less commonplace (murder, forcing a snake into a toilet, attempted assassination of the Prime Minister). He also appears before the Ontario Review Board in mental health matters. John has conducted over 1000 trials, including 50 plus jury trials. He has argued more than 50 appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal and a handful of cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, including R. v. Jordan/R. v. Williamson. John has taught law for more than 24 years, including courses in Evidence in the Faculty of Common Law at University of Ottawa, and courses in Criminal Law, Youth and Criminal Justice, and Medical Issues in Criminal Law in Carleton University’s Department of Law. In 2018 John became a member of the Bar of the Northwest Territories, where he regularly conducts trials and appeals, and attends the circuit courts. John is a current Vice President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Reasons for Police Interactions: Arrest v. Detention for Questioning v. Voluntarily Assisting Police

Vehicle and Other “Stops”

Common Offences Leading to Arrest

Speaking to the Police, Preserving the Right to Silence

Deciding Whether to Attend at the Station

Initial Client Interview

Post Client Interview Interactions with Police

Possible Arrest Outcomes and Expediting Release

Referring the File

Ethical Issues

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Returning Registrant

Registration Fees

All costs are in Canadian dollars before taxes.

HST/GST: 848208492

Until February 26, 2021

“Help! I’ve Been Arrested!” What to Do When You Get the Call with John Hale, Thursday, March 18, 2021 $140.00

After February 26, 2021

“Help! I’ve Been Arrested!” What to Do When You Get the Call with John Hale, Thursday, March 18, 2021 $165.00

Groups Save!

Register 3+ attendees and save up to 25%. See our group discounts here. Contact

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