Q: If I’ve been charged, what should I do?

A: You should con­tact an expe­ri­enced crim­i­nal lawyer as soon as pos­si­ble. It is impor­tant to know your rights before you make any deci­sions about how to deal with your charges. You will want to dis­cuss with a crim­i­nal lawyer the con­se­quences of set­ting a trial date or a guilty plea. Some of the deci­sions you will make are time sen­si­tive. Some­times it will be impor­tant to attempt to pre­serve evi­dence for a future trial. Almost with­out excep­tion, only a lawyer who works exclu­sively in crim­i­nal law will have the right expe­ri­ence to guide you through the process.

I offer a free con­sul­ta­tion for peo­ple charged with crim­i­nal offences for the first time and who are con­fused and anx­ious about their court appear­ance. Every­thing that is said dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion remains com­pletely con­fi­den­tial.


Q: If I sus­pect that I am being inves­ti­gated for a crime, what can I do?

A: If you believe that you are the sub­ject of a police inves­ti­ga­tion, you are well within your rights to visit a crim­i­nal lawyer to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion. It will be impor­tant to learn what oblig­a­tions you have when deal­ing with police, and also what oblig­a­tions the police have when inves­ti­gat­ing you. The police may want to dis­cuss the inves­ti­ga­tion with you. In most cir­cum­stances, you are not required to speak to them. You should speak with an expe­ri­enced crim­i­nal lawyer before you decide how to proceed.


Q: What should I look for in pick­ing a lawyer?

A: When pick­ing a crim­i­nal lawyer the most impor­tant thing is to feel com­fort­able with the lawyer. You need to trust the lawyer and know that he or she has your best inter­est at heart. You will want some­one who is open and hon­est with you about your case. The lawyer should not be some­one who intim­i­dates you. They should not try to alarm you or make you feel fear­ful. At the same time, the lawyer should treat your charges seri­ously, and should not imply that there is no risk of con­vic­tion. You need a crim­i­nal lawyer that is sin­cere and who will answer your ques­tions. You also want some­one who has knowl­edge of the courts and its procedures.

The best crim­i­nal lawyers are the ones who are ded­i­cated to this work for the right rea­sons. You want some­one who believes strongly in your civil rights and will fight to pro­tect them.


Q: How much will a lawyer cost me?

A: Like most crim­i­nal defence lawyers, I charge a flat fee rather than an hourly rate. This means that you will know the cost of your case up front. The pre­cise fee will depend on the com­plex­ity of the case and on the amount of time it is esti­mated to take. At the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, you can sit down with me for free and in nearly every case I will be able to tell you the fee for your case up front.


Q: Will you take Legal Aid?

A: Many expe­ri­enced crim­i­nal lawyers say that they will not take cases on Legal Aid. This some­times causes inequities in the qual­ity of legal ser­vices recieved by peo­ple who are dis­ad­van­taged. If you qual­ify for Legal Aid feel free to con­tact me. If your cir­cum­stances are dif­fi­cult and you need an expe­ri­enced lawyer who will take your legal aid refer­ral, I will review your file with you and in some cases I will take your file on. If for some rea­son I can­not take your file on, I will make efforts to find a qual­i­fied lawyer to help you.


Q: Do I have to appear in court in per­son or can my lawyer appear on my behalf?

A: Once you have met with me in per­son and retained me, I am able to appear on your behalf for most court appear­ances. There are some obvi­ous excep­tions that require you to be present in court, for exam­ple a hear­ing or a trial. If you need to attend the court, I will pro­vide you with ample notice so that you can make the appro­pri­ate arrange­ments with work, school or child care.