Do I need a criminal lawyer for my case?
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a person charged with an offence the right to a lawyer to defend themselves.
This law has also been interpreted as giving the right on criminal defendants to represent themselves in court. If you’re a criminal defendant, charged with a criminal act, you might be allowed to represent yourself, but you’ll need permission to do so from the judge.
Whether or not it’s a good idea to ask a judge to represent yourself in a criminal case is up to your own best judgment, but it’s not recommended.
There is truth to that adage, that “the man who defends himself has a fool for a lawyer”. Even lawyers will think twice about defending themselves in criminal court. The consequences of a conviction could be harsh, especially if you’re charged with an indictable or serious offence.
Aggressive and Unyielding Defence
Our Toronto criminal lawyers are aggressive, and extremely resourceful. We get each client the results he, or she, deserves.
Our Toronto criminal lawyers have all been recognized as top rated, by services such as Google Reviews, YellowPages and LawyerRatingz.com, and many others.
We’re Dedicated To You
Our lawyers are passionate about one thing: helping our clients get the best outcome. We focus on service and results.
We’re your lawyer, we work for you.
You can trust our Toronto criminal lawyers to guide and advise you what to do. We understand you’re relying on us to defend your character, rights and to protect your future. When you work with us, we’ll explain our part, your part and work together.
Don’t settle for a duty counsel
Duty counsel is necessary in the legal system, but doesn’t provide a full defence for the client. Duty counsel works for the government that is prosecuting the case, and there’s always a question of how hard they are working to counsel you. Many times the charge is a crime without an obvious victim, especially in cases involving drug distribution on any level. Duty counsel regularly work in one specific court and can become an ally of the prosecution and court officers in many cases. Never accept duty counsel for a criminal charge if there is any other option for legal representation.