For most, being charged with a crime is a jarring experience. Defendants face a prosecution able to utilize vast resources of the judicial system with one goal: to convict. In most cases, individuals who find themselves entangled in criminal matter do not have adequate knowledge of process and legalities, and are thus unable to mount an effective defense on their own.
That changes when there is legal representation. With an experienced criminal law specialist on their side, people charged with criminal offenses can get the right advice on what they are facing and what to expect as the process moves forward.
Process to Handle Criminal Cases
Many people do not realize that there are several phases in a criminal case and that the trial is merely the latter part of the process. Firstly, there are hearings for bail. The judge will determine if a defendant is to be granted bail or temporary freedom before a verdict on his or her culpability is issued. From that point on, quality representation is essential. An expert criminal lawyer can assess your case and give advice as early as the bail hearings, greatly increasing the odds of receiving bail.
In addition, a lawyer’s help is essential at the pleading stage. The defendant’s decision at this point sets the scene for the trial and the best decision is only possible with expert advice from a criminal lawyer/assault lawyer.
It is essential to find a lawyer who is objective in their advice and who is not hesitant in being honest about the realities of the case. A good lawyer is direct and does not feed false hopes, even if the odds are tipping against their client’s favour.
With proper advice, a defendant can make the best decisions with regards to compromise so that the possible sentence is commuted to one that is less severe.
Let us help
Canada’s legal system has a broad definition of criminal behavior ranging from minor offenses such as vandalism, to more serious offenses, such as shoplifting, robbery, fraud, kidnapping, possession of prohibited weapons and many others. To get the best possible outcome, one should get the best possible representation. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.