Criminal Defence

If you are charged with a criminal offence it is important that you receive experienced and excellent legal representation. This is not something you want to attempt by yourself.

Here are a few circumstances where you may need his help.

BAIL HEARINGS

The initial arrest and detention is often a traumatic experience that requires immediate response by the lawyer to conduct a bail hearing. Having an experienced defence lawyer on your side can increase your chances of being released from court. An experienced criminal defence lawyer can assist you with making arrangements with the police and crown to obtain a surety and ensure that the surety is adequately prepared for the difficult task of having the accused released from court. Experienced counsel can work with the crown attorney or federal prosecutor toward agreeing to a reasonable condition for the release and a reasonable non deposited bail amount or in some cases a cash deposit.

DOMESTIC ASSAULTS THREATS AND VIOLENCE

It is a common misconception in domestic violence charges that the (victim) also called the complainant decides whether to go ahead with the charges. This is false, the crown and the police decide whether the charge will continue or not. The crown will not withdraw the case simply because the victim requests the matter be withdrawn.

Many people charged with a domestic assault may be eligible for a diversion through the PARS@ course and as such charges may be withdrawn or resolved favourably for the accused with successful completion of this course. It is important to discuss this matter early with your lawyer to determine whether you are eligible or not and whether this matter can be resolved without a criminal record.

DRUG CHARGES

Trafficking and possession for the purposes of trafficking, cultivation and production are some of the most serious criminal sentences that can result in criminal charges. For these charges having the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer can greatly increase your chances of escaping lengthy sentences as a result of a conviction.

SEXUAL ASSAULT

Sexual assaults are very serious offences with severe consequences for an accused who has been convicted. There can be a mandatory minimum of jail sentence and mandatory registration on sex offender and DNA data banks. There are severe consequences that can result in lengthy incarceration periods. Having an experienced defence attorney familiar with sexual offences like sexual assault, sexual interference and other sexual allegations can ensure you have your best defence before the court and you are at a disadvantage of defending yourself. I have had considerable and proven experience with sexual assault allegations including sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

PROPERTY OFFENCES

Having the assistance of experienced legal counsel can assist you in understanding your possible defences and ensure that justice is achieved with respect to any allegations regarding property offences.

YOUTH CRIME

Young people who are charged with a criminal offences are dealt with under the purview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. This Act sets out special ways that youth ought to be treated and recognized is a number of principles that differentiate them from adult accused pursuant to the Criminal Code. It is important that youth hire a defence lawyer with experience who knows the different principles that apply to young people charged with an offence: for example, punishments for youth are often dealt with outside the criminal court process when dealing with nonviolent relatively minor criminal acts. Jail sentences should only be used when it is absolutely necessary to protect the public from violent and serious offenders and the focus of the criminal justice system be to rehabilitate and reintegrate the youth back into society.

HOMICIDE AND MANSLAUGHTER

It is essential that a person retains an experienced lawyer with these types of offences. I have had experience in murder and manslaughter cases. I have worked with other lawyers on jury trials and have dealt with these matters on bail hearings and detention reviews.

Here is a complete list of the services that we can provide.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT THREATS AND VIOLENCE

  • Domestic assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault causing bodily harm
  • Assault with a weapon

DRUGS CHARGES

  • Marijuana and cocaine possession, importation and trafficking
  • Ecstasy, catamine and heroin

SEXUAL ASSAULT

  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual interference
  • Exploitation of a minor

PROPERTY OFFENCES

  • Theft under $5,000.00
  • Theft over $5,000.00
  • Break and entry
  • Robbery
  • Fraud

YOUTH CRIME

  • Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Young Offenders Act

HOMICIDE AND MANSLAUGHTER

  • Murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Manslaughter