Why You Need a Lawyer?
Both the law and the legal process can be complicated and overwhelming for anyone who does not have any legal training or education. A competent criminal defence lawyer will be in a position to provide you with legal advice and assist you in navigating through the criminal justice system, while at all times advocating on your behalf and working towards achieving the best possible result with respect to the offence(s) for which you have been charged.
Being charged with a criminal offence is a very serious matter, and one that can have significant implications with respect not only to your liberty, but also with regards to current and future employment, your ability to travel and enter other countries, as well as other aspects of your personal life. A criminal defence lawyer can ensure that you are afforded every right for which our laws entitle you to, and that your rights are protected at every stage, beginning when you first have contact with the police. A criminal defence lawyer can also assist you by helping to ensure that your matter is dealt with in a timely manner and that you are not adversely affected by any unreasonable delay.
Having to attend court on multiple occasions can become burdensome and can be made more stressful depending upon your personal circumstances and your employment. Section 650.01 of the Criminal Code of Canada now permits your lawyer to appear on your behalf for certain court attendances pursuant to a designation of counsel.
A competent and capable criminal defence lawyer is in a position to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the Crown Attorney’s case against you, and the likelihood of whether the Crown Attorney can prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. A lawyer will be able to advise you of your legal options and assist you in negotiating a resolution with the Crown Attorney, whether that is a withdrawal of the charge(s) against you, a fair disposition upon entering a guilty plea, or proceeding on to trial.