Criminal Law

Accused? Arrested? Charged? This is a stressful time in your life. You need a professional to advise you on your rights and to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. It is important to consult with a lawyer at the earliest opportunity when you are accused of a crime. We can help advice you right from your arrest. We can conduct your bail hearing, trial, sentencing or appeal. We stand beside you every step of the way and fight for your rights.

Right from the beginning when you have been arrested or accused, police will try to get a confession out of you. It is important to know that you have the right to remain silent. This right carries with you throughout the entire process right from when you first become a suspect to when you are at trial. If you do speak to police, they can use what you say against you. Often people accused of a crime will give a statement to police, either because they believe they are innocent and they believe the police will drop the charges if only the police hear their side of the story, or even if they are guilty, they will give a statement to police which they believe does not implicate them in hopes the police believe them and will drop the charges. Once you are arrested for a crime, the police think that you did it. Even if you give the police a version of events that you believe does not implicate you in a crime, the police will not usually drop the charges. Further, you may be mistaken as to the law and tell the police something that is illegal; You might also say something that the police think is inconsistent and may use your words against you in court, even if you are innocent. Further, you do not know what the police already know: they may know nothing, or they may know enough that even the most innocent statement may be damaging to your defence. In short, once you are accused of committing a crime, do not give a statement to police. If you have evidence which is important to your defence, your legal counsel can review the evidence against you and advise you what evidence you have that may be damaging to your case and what evidence, if brought to the attention of the prosecutor, may lead to the charges being withdrawn or dismissed, or what evidence would lead to a lighter sentence.

If you are thinking of pleading guilty, we can help you here too. We can review the evidence against you and advise you of your defences and the likely outcome if the matter were to be taken to trial. You may believe that there is no hope in your case, but there may be defences that you could make that you don’t know about, or perhaps the police violated your rights and you may have a claim to have the evidence against you ruled inadmissible or even to have the charges dismissed. It is important to know if you have a defence before you plead guilty. Even if you do not have viable defences and you do decide to plead guilty after consulting with legal counsel, we can negotiate with the prosecutors and make submissions before the court to minimize your sentence. You may not realize the relevant factors in your case which may lessen the sentence. You may also not be aware of past court decisions which may affect the disposition of your case. We do. We can help you get the lowest sentence possible.

Our experienced legal counsel can advise you at every step of your case to make sure that you get the very best outcome possible and to make sure your rights are not violated. If you are accused of a crime, call our office today. We find practical solutions for your situation. Make our team your legal defence team.


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Fort McMurray, Alberta
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