When can I ask for a lawyer?

You can, and it is a good idea to, ask for a lawyer as soon as you are arrested, or as soon as the police start to ask you questions about your involvement in a crime. You may tell the police that you don't want to answer any of their questions without a lawyer being there to help you. Once you ask for a lawyer, the police are supposed to stop asking you any questions. If they keep asking you questions, repeat that you want a lawyer and refuse to answer any questions. Even if you start to answer their questions, you can stop at any time. Remember, you do not have to answer any questions without your lawyer being there and it is almost always best not to say anything. You also do not have to answer questions even if you haven't asked for a lawyer to be present. If you do answer questions, any information you give can be used against you in court later on.