Caught by the Police? What Happens Next?

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You were just stopped by the police. They said you committed a crime. And they told your parents what you did.

You now find yourself in one of these situations:

  • The police told you what will happen next.
  • The police said that you will hear more later.   

Find out what will happen. Teens usually get easier treatment than adults.


Your Rights with the Police

If the police stop you, they must tell you about these rights:

  • your right to know why they stopped you  
  • your right to talk to a lawyer
  • your right to remain silent
  • your right to have a parent with you while they ask you questions

To learn more, see our article The Police and Your Rights.

You have other rights too. It’s important to know your rights and how people must respect them during the steps that happen next.


Read this section if the police told you what will happen next.

What happens next depends on your situation.

Important! You must obey any orders you were given. For example, you might have to be home before dark or stay away from some people or places. If you do not obey, you might be charged with another crime.


Read this section if the police said you will hear more later.

The police said you would hear more later. This means someone is deciding what to do with your case. One of these three things can happen next:

  • You’re told your case is closed. This means nothing else will happen.
  • You get a document called a summons to appear or an appearance notice. This means you will have to go to youth court on the date and time stated in the document. This is called an appearance.
  • A youth worker contacts you. A youth worker is a professional who works with teens in trouble with the law. Youth workers decide if a teen qualifies for an extrajudicial sanctions program.
Information about your case is kept in a file starting from the time the police stop you because they think you committed a crime. To find out what it means when a file is kept, see our article Impact of Having a Youth Record.


Have you committed a crime? Learn what can happen.

Caught by the Police? What Happens Next?
Suspected of a Crime? You Have Rights

Alternatives to Court

Extrajudicial Measures: The Police Decide
Extrajudicial Sanctions: Instead of a Trial

Going to Court

Appearing in Youth Court
Steps in the Youth Court Process
Youth Sentences
Can Teens Be Sent to Prison?
Can Teens Get Adult Punishments?

Criminal Records

What is a Youth Record?
Impact of Having a Youth Record

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.