Prosecutions alleging violations of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46, can be very concerning whereas the short-term affects may involve significant fines and potential for loss of freedom and liberty as jail time.
Criminal Code matters may vary in the method of procedure involved depending on the severity of the alleged offence. The most severe offences, known as indictable offences, involved the most formal procedures. The less severe offences, known as summary offences, provide for a leaner and more efficient process. Additionally, some offences, known as hybrid offences, are selectable as either indictable proceedings or summary proceedings at the option of the prosecutor acting for the Crown. Lawyers, subject to competency, are permitted to provided representation in any matter proceeding as a Criminal Code offence. Paralegals are permitted to provide representation, again subject to competency, as a summary proceeding where the potential penalty is a maximum of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.
Why Fight Criminal Charges?
1. If you plead guilty or are found guilty following a trial there will be a conviction recorded against you resulting in a permanent criminal record.
2. Following a conviction you may be subjected to substantial fines, a probation order and/or period of incarceration;
3. You will suffer the societal stigma of being a “criminal”;
4. You may lose you ability to maintain or secure gainful future employment; and
5. You may lose your ability to travel freely to other countries.
Our network of legal professionals possess the knowledge and courtroom experience required to successfully secure a favorable disposition in your criminal summary matter. DefendCharges.ca will always attempt to secure a withdrawal, absolute or conditional discharge when possible. In the event that a withdrawal or discharge is not possible, we will attempt to negotiate a guilty plea to a reduced offence or to the charge as is with reduced penalties unless directed to proceed to trial, if required in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome. In cases where a trial becomes necessary, we make no guarantees as to the outocme of any trial matters.
Upon being arrested, it is vitally important that you speak with an experienced legal professional immediately about your legal rights and obligations prior to making any statement to any police officer or law enforcement agency. Contact our office if you have been charged with a criminal summary offence anywhere in Ontario.
Help Defending Your Legal Matter
DefendCharges.ca has successfully defended thousands of Ontario traffic tickets, bylaw charges, and provincial offences.
Our network of licensed professionals possess the courtroom knowledge and experience required to successfully negotiate a withdrawal or reduced offence or proceed to Trial, if required, or in effort to achieve the best possible outcome.
One of our experienced representatives will review your legal matter and explain the unique strengths and weaknesses of your case; and then work with you to create a winning strategy for defending your matter. We will always make the best attempt to eliminate your charge or charges completely. In the event that we are unable to eliminate your charge(s) completely, we will take all necessary steps:
- To secure a guilty plea to a reduced or amended offence;
- To minimize any monetary penalty imposed;
- To prevent or minimize any period of probation or incarceration sought; and
- To protect you from a driver's license from conditions, revocation, or suspension;
The DefendCharges.ca representation includes the filing of your traffic ticket or offence notice, as it may be, or any other necessary documents as may be discussed and agreed to. Additionally, for those matters requiring a first appearance, commonly referred to as a 'set date', DefendCharges.ca will attend such court dates on your behalf as well as providing the best effort possible stategic defence given the circumstance(s) of your offence or charge.
Quick & Easy Retainer Process
We will provide you with a free fifteen (15) minute consultation, review your circumstances, and explain your options for defending your matter; whereas we consider your driving record, and/or any history of past offences, as well as potential consequences of a conviction.
We will obtain a copy of your driver’s licence or other government issued identification, a copy of the charging document(s), and details of the alleged offence(s) as well as any other information that you deem relevant.
We will forward our retainer agreement to you wherein our service fees are outlined along with payment arrangement options as well as the nature of our relationship including our obligations to each other.