Q: If I have a criminal charge, do I need to speak to a Lawyer?
A: Yes, you absolutely should. It is impossible to properly counsel someone on how to deal with a Criminal charge without providing legal advice. Many charges, such as Impaired/Over 80 have very complicated technical defences that require the investigation and legal opinion of a qualified Lawyer. In the Province of Ontario, only Lawyers are permitted to provide legal advice on Impaired Driving charges. Paralegals are not allowed to deal with these charges. Our initial consultation is always free, so you have nothing to lose in at least talking to us.
Q: If I have a criminal charge, do I need to attend Court?
A: Usually yes. While there are provisions for us to make certain appearances without you, you will need to be present for any plea or trial and it is preferable that you attend all Court dates if at all possible.
Q: Is there a danger of going to jail if convicted of a Criminal Driving Offence?
A: Yes, there can be. In fact some Provincial Offence matters can also result in jail. While the vast majority of first time offences are unlikely to result in custody, it is critical that you seek legal advice because many other ramifications flow from a conviction.
Q: I have an Impaired charge, or other Criminal Offence, and intend to plead guilty on my own, is this O.K.?
A: We wish you wouldn’t. We provide a free consultation and would prefer that you at least talked to us first. Many people feel that they wouldn’t have been charged if they weren’t guilty and therefore should own up to the charge. The ramifications of any guilty plea in Criminal Court can be both significant and long lasting and should not be taken lightly. It is a lot easier and a lot less expensive to handle the matter correctly from the beginning rather than trying to undo the damage later. This is one of the most important decisions of your life; if there was ever a time that you needed a Lawyer – this is it.