What cannot be taught in law school, or even in criminal practice, is good judgment.
So much time and money is often spent in criminal litigation unnecessarily. As a prosecutor, I have seen defence lawyers with good points to argue lose those points as part of an overall attack on the Crown's case. I have seen defence lawyers waste the court’s time on issues that are not controversial or in dispute. I have seen other defence lawyers who want to fight with everyone including the judge. While their clients may think that lawyer is doing a great job for them, quite often it is the opposite. They are not doing their clients any favours by being confrontational or difficult.
The best defence lawyers are those lawyers with high ethical standards who conduct themselves with decorum and respect for the other justice participants. These lawyers are strategic in the way that they conduct their defence. What is not in dispute is often admitted. What is in dispute is what their defence is all about.
If you hire me, we will strategically assess your case and put forth the best defence possible. This means attacking the weaknesses in the Crown’s case and advancing the strengths in the defence case.
I am blessed with good judgment and common sense. If you hire me as your lawyer, I will bring these qualities to assist you with your case. I will help you understand the legal requirements for the Crown Attorney to prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. We will review the facts that the police have used to support laying the charges.
As a sole practitioner of criminal law, you will have the benefit of having access to me in a way that is often not possible with larger firms. You will be able to contact me directly. You can contact me by phone or you can send me an e-mail or fax.
I believe that it is very important that the lawyer and the client have good lines of communication and stay in contact.
If you hire me as your lawyer, I will be available to you.
In many cases, there are other options that may be available other than a trial to resolve the case. As a result of financial constraints, the police, the prosecution and even the judiciary are under pressure to move cases through the system.
The Crown Attorney has a wide discretion on whether to proceed with the charge or resolve the case in some other fashion. Plea-bargaining is a fact of life. Many lesser charges get withdrawn if either restitution is made or if a course of counselling is undertaken. Other times, a trial is the only option.