The Process When A 911 Call Is Received For A Domestic Assault

Darin Slaferek, criminal lawyer with Moreau and Company in Edmonton, explains the process when a 911 call is received for a domestic assault.

Once a 911 call is received, it goes to a call center and then depending on what emergency services are required – in this case, the police – the Edmonton Police Service would be contacted. They would be the ones who are sent to the address that the complaint comes from. If it is outside of the city of Edmonton, different offices are contacted and the RCMP would attend.

With respect to domestic assault, certainly the police are inclined to arrest somebody at the scene, but it depends on the circumstances of each individual call and is up to officers’ discretion. As far as I know, there is no zero tolerance policy in Alberta.

The best advice to give to an accused with respect to any charge, including a domestic assault charge, is that you have the right to remain silent and you should always assert that right. In so many incidences, people feel inclined to give some explanation or an excuse for what took place and so often we find that when an accused gives a statement they in fact talk their way into a charge and later a criminal conviction. So we always advise everyone who has been asked to speak to the police that they have the right to remain silent and to assert that right.

People feel the need to explain themselves, and no doubt it is difficult to avoid that urge, but we have seen situations in which an individual was found guilty because he provided a statement to the police. There was no other evidence other than the statement that he provided to the police and he was subsequently found guilty based on that. So we always advise people that you can’t talk your way out of a criminal charge. You can, however, talk your way into a criminal conviction so you should always assert your right to remain silent.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with criminal law issues in the Edmonton, Alberta Region, contact Moreau & Company for a consultation.

This information is taken from an interview from March 3, 2008 with Darin Slaferek, Criminal Lawyer with Moreau & Company,Edmonton Criminal Lawyers. The article is provided as an information service only and should not be used as legal advice. Laws vary by jurisdiction so please consult with an appropriate legal professional if you are looking for help with a specific situation.