Criminal Defence Legal Services
A criminal charge may not have been laid by the police, but you are seeking legal advice. As a full service criminal defence law firm, we provide legal service in addition to trial defence.
Legal Services We Provide
Legal Advice Before Charges Are Laid
If you have been classified a “person of interest” by the police, or if you are “under investigation” by the police, we can represent you and give you legal advice.
You may think that you are required to “go down to the police station” to talk to the police because they have called you and demanded that you go in. This is rarely the case, especially if there is no warrant for your arrest, nor may it be in your best interest to do so.
In fact, our legal system gives you the right to remain silent and there is no duty or obligation for you to go speak to a police officer maybe conducting an investigation. Sometimes the police can may use tactics to make you feel that you must go in to answer questions or provide statements that maybe be used against you.
Numerous phones calls, showing up at your residence or even your place of work. If this describes a situation that you are facing, contact us so that we can explain your rights and speak to the police on your behalf.
Legal Advice When You are Charged
We available to speak to you moment you have been charged by the police. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 10(b) provides you the right to speak to a lawyer of your choice within a reasonable time after you have been arrested.
This is arguably the most critical point of the case before it goes to court so that you don’t give information that incriminates you. Simple questions by the police if answered by you at the police station, such as the date, time, jurisdiction of your whereabouts may result in you being convicted in court later in the proceedings.
Where you have been charged by the police, do not make statements of any kind and give us a call. We will help you understand your rights and ensure that you do not make any statements while at the police station that will hurt your case.
Our lawyers have appeared at over five hundred (500) bail hearings with an excellent track record of success. Many times we can negotiate the release of the accused without leaving it up to the judge or a justice of the peace to make a decision on bail.
Getting a “consent release” from the Crown Attorney is just as much an art as it is a science. This is the most effective way of getting bail as it limits the risks of a judicial officer ordering the accused detained at the end of the bail hearing. Where you or a loved one is facing a bail hearing call or office to ensure they are properly represented.
In some cases an accused person may be denied bail or “detained”, at their first bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice.
This means that they must either remain in jail for several months before a trial date is set, or plead guilty to get out of jail. Another option to get out of jail while not pleading guilty to the charges is to make an application in the Superior Court for a “Bail Review”, or essentially an appeal of the decision that denied bail in the first place.
Our law office has extensive experience with bail reviews and can provide advice and representation where needed. Read more about Bail Hearings >
Representation in court for all proceedings
I am available to attend all your court appearances including Set Dates, Crown Pre-trials, Judicial Pre-trials and dates to pick up your disclosure.
You can designate me to appear on your behalf in your absence so that you do not need to take time off from school, work, or vacations to attend Court. Retaining my office will ensure that you are represented in court each and every court appearance without you being there. The only time you will need to attend court is for your preliminary inquiry or trial date. Leave the rest up to me and don’t stress about having to go to court for your case every couple of weeks.
Plea Negotiations for Criminal Courts
Negotiated plea bargains to get the best possible results for my clients are sometimes a reasonable option that can avoid the implications of a criminal charge, for example;
A plea bargain is taking a criminal charge of impaired driving or drive with more than 80mgs and negotiating it down to a Highway Traffic Offence.
The benefit of this is that guarantees no criminal record, no mandatory driving prohibition and no administrative license reinstatement penalties from the Ministry of Transportation. Where you are facing a criminal offence with a mandatory minimum sentence, call us to review the various plea bargain resolutions that can save you from getting sentenced to jail, criminal record, or driving prohibitions.
Destruction of Finger Prints, Photographs and Police Records
Once your charges have been dismissed, withdrawn or resolved by way of a discharge.
Our office can take steps to ensure that your fingerprints and other police records associated with your charges are destroyed by the police department involved in your case and the RCMP. Getting your charges dropped is 90% of the job. Many other lawyers forget, or neglect the final step of clearing your name which involves an application to destroy the records created when you were charged.
Experienced Legal Defence
You’re not guilty unless a judge says you are, not the police or the crown attorney.
We know being arrested can be devastating, but there is a solution and we can help. Call us today at 416-731-7113 to discuss your legal defence with Ontario’s best rated criminal defence team.