WHY DO YOU NEED A CRIMINAL LAWYER?
3 words: Advocacy, assistance, accessibility
It goes without question that the justice system is complex, particularly for one who does not have a background in law. That is where a criminal lawyer comes into play: they will advocate on your behalf through all stages of your case – from police interrogations to bail application, trial and sentencing. Hiring a criminal lawyer is imperative in ensuring the protection of your rights at all times.
Criminal lawyers not only provide their clients with legal support, but also with a personal approach through their empathy, attentiveness and open-mindedness. Often times, clients will be dealing with a range of situations in a fast-paced, high-pressure legal environment. A criminal lawyer is essential in providing the emotional intelligence necessary to establish a sense of trust and confidence in order to obtain the best possible outcome for their client.
Criminal lawyers have access to not only a multitude of tools and resources that the ordinary person most often does not, but also to knowledge and understanding of the legal system. Ranging from research databases to complex legal language, relationships with experts, laws, regulations and deadlines, a criminal lawyer possesses a deep comprehension and insight on the criminal justice system that is of utmost importance in any criminal case.
DEFEND MY RIGHTS
There are many instances in which you should not have to act alone. Whether it be for a court date, or during a police interrogation, we are there to ensure that your rights are defended throughout the entire process. Moreover, weighing out legal options, potential Charter violations or defences are issues that someone representing themselves most often would not have the capacity to do.
Legal protection aside, there are also times when you simply do not need to be present – you shouldn’t have to take time off from work or leave school to go to court; we will represent you and handle the matter. The same way you would not remove your own appendix, you should not be making these kinds of serious legal decisions by yourself.
WHEN IS MY NEXT COURT DATE?
If you are unsure when your next court date is, you can consult the online court dockets that will give you access to criminal and penal matters of the Court of Quebec and the Superior Court. However, that is what your lawyer is there for – you can just call them, and they’ll have the answer to all of your questions concerning anything from the date and time to location and attire.