Being charged with a criminal offence can be both a frightening and an embarrassing experience. Newmarket is an area that I practice criminal law and I am prepared to defend you against any criminal offences you have been charged with.
If you are looking for a criminal lawyer, keep reading and I will explain to you the advantages of hiring a criminal defence lawyer, what I can do for you as your Newmarket criminal lawyer, and 5 steps you can take if you have been arrested for a criminal offence.
The Advantages of Hiring a Criminal Defence Lawyer
One reason why you should considering hiring a criminal lawyer to represent you is that your liberty is threatened any time you are facing criminal charges. Any time you are convicted of a criminal offence you may be subject to a sentence ranging from a fine or probation, to a term of incarceration. A criminal defence lawyer may be the difference between you being found guilty or not guilty, and a criminal lawyer can have an impact on the penalty you might receive if the Court finds you guilty. Simply put, a criminal lawyer is your advocate and will work with you to achieve the best possible result.
Hiring a criminal defence lawyer gives you the peace of mind of knowing that someone is there for you, to represent you. When you are charged with a criminal offence, the police are not there to represent you or to act in your best interests. The police are there to investigate allegations of criminal offences; they are there to investigate you. Similarly, it is not the Crown Attorney’s duty to represent you. The Crown Attorney has a responsibility to prosecute those people who have been charged. Only a criminal defence lawyer is there to advocate on your behalf and ensure your rights are protected.
Another advantage to hiring a criminal defence lawyer is that a criminal lawyer has a unique knowledge of criminal law and our criminal justice system. Criminal law, like any other area of law, is complicated and can be challenging to understand for any person who does not have a legal background. A criminal defence lawyer can provide you with the legal advice and information you need.
What I Can Do For You As Your Newmarket Criminal Lawyer?
As your Newmarket criminal lawyer, I will begin by meeting with you for a free consultation. When you first meet with me, I will address the following questions;
- How serious are the criminal charges?
- What is the best result?
- What is the worst that can happen if I am convicted?
- What are my options?
- What do you recommend I do?
- How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?
- What happens on the first court date?
- Can you help explain my bail conditions?
As a lawyer, I practice criminal law exclusively. So when you hire me, you are hiring a lawyer who deals with criminal law and our criminal courts every day. As your Newmarket criminal lawyer, it is my commitment to you that I will advocate fearlessly and resolutely on your behalf. You will receive advice about the strengths and weaknesses of your case, what your legal options are, and what I recommend you do. As your criminal lawyer, I will be committed to working with you to resolve your case in a timely and fair manner.
I will attend court on your behalf so that you do not have to take time off work or school. I will engage in resolution discussions with the Crown Attorney and with a Judge based upon your advice to me about how you want to resolve your case. As your criminal lawyer, I will represent your legal interests and protect your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including your liberty and security of person. I will work with you and all other parties to ensure you receive the best possible result.
Before each court date I will advise what is going to happen on that day. After each court appearance I will advise you what happened in court and when the next court date is. I will keep you informed throughout the entire process. As your Newmarket criminal lawyer I am accessible by email or phone, and I am available to meet with you if you have any questions or concerns about your case.
5 Steps You Should Take If You Are Charged With A Criminal Offence
- Speak to a Criminal Lawyer – Whether you retain a lawyer or not, it is important you understand what your legal rights and options are. Unfortunately, not all lawyers will offer to meet with you free of charge for an initial consultation. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, contact me immediately to arrange a free consultation.
- Understand Your Bail Conditions and Comply with them – It is absolutely essential you comply with your bail conditions or any undertaking you signed before you were released from the police station. It is bad enough that you have been charged with a criminal offence, you do not need a subsequent charge for Failing to Comply.
- Attend Court when Required – Similar to complying with your bail conditions, it is important you attend Court as required. If you fail to attend Court, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest and you could be charged with Failing to Appear. If you are released from the police station without being fingerprinted, then make sure you attend the police station at the required day and time for fingerprinting or you could be charged with Failing to Appear.
- Get Your Legal Advice from a Lawyer, Not the Internet – The Internet is full of people who are not lawyers but who are quick to provide non-legal advice. If you are looking for proper legal advice, then consult with a lawyer.
- Understand Your Charter Rights, including Your Right Not to Make a Statement – The police are not there to assist you, one of their duties is to investigate allegations of criminal offences. You have an absolute right not to make a statement to the police or to assist them in their investigation.
Contact me immediately if you have been charged with a criminal offence and you are required to attend court in Newmarket. Arrange a free consultation today.