Hiring a Criminal Lawyer

>>Hiring a Criminal Lawyer

If I am innocent, should I still get a lawyer?

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, or suspect that you are being investigated for a criminal offence, you should still get a lawyer even if you are innocent. While it might seem safe to assume that any investigation of your supposed involvement in a crime will end once you tell the police [...]

If I am innocent, should I still get a lawyer? 2017-11-14T11:13:51+00:00

What is solicitor-client privilege?

A lawyer can effectively defend his or her client only if the client may consult with the lawyer in confidence. Solicitor-client privilege protects legal advice communications between client and lawyer that were intended to be confidential by the parties and that did not have the purpose of furthering unlawful conduct. This privilege exists the moment [...]

What is solicitor-client privilege? 2017-11-14T11:13:55+00:00

What happens at an initial consultation?

At your initial consultation we will typically spend about one hour gathering basic information about yourself and about the charges you are currently facing. While each lawyer will approach the initial consultation a bit differently, you can generally expect that we will spend time obtaining personal information and information about the charges you are [...]

What happens at an initial consultation? 2017-11-20T11:46:50+00:00

If I can’t afford a lawyer, what are my options?

Oykhman Criminal Defence has a variety of lawyers who may be able to assist with your defence. Our lawyers have different levels of experience and fee scales to meet a variety of budgets, and we encourage you to book a consultation to find a lawyer to meet your price point. If you cannot afford a [...]

If I can’t afford a lawyer, what are my options? 2017-11-14T11:14:06+00:00

Should I hire a lawyer from the same place as where the court appearance is?

There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring a lawyer from the same place where you were charged with an offence. If you have been charged in a rural area, it is unlikely that a local lawyer will have the same degree of specialization in a particular area of criminal law as a lawyer from a [...]

Should I hire a lawyer from the same place as where the court appearance is? 2017-11-14T11:14:29+00:00

Can I be my own lawyer?

If you have been charged with an offence, technically you are entitled to act on your own behalf in defending against the charges. Acting as your own representative is inadvisable, however, where the allegations and charges are complex, and the potential consequences you may face are serious. Indeed, a famous quote familiar to most lawyers [...]

Can I be my own lawyer? 2017-11-14T11:14:40+00:00

What happens once I retain a lawyer?

Once you retain a lawyer, your lawyer will take over the conduct of your case. This means that your lawyer will order and review disclosure on your behalf, attend your court appearances on your behalf, and speak with the Crown Prosecutor in the hopes of obtaining the best possible resolution for your case. Being [...]

What happens once I retain a lawyer? 2017-11-20T11:29:50+00:00

What should I prepare for my first meeting with a lawyer?

In order to have a productive first meeting with your lawyer, there are some preliminary steps that you can take. You should ensure that you bring all documents given to you by the police or the Court to review with your lawyer at your first meeting. It is also extremely helpful for you to write [...]

What should I prepare for my first meeting with a lawyer? 2017-11-14T11:14:52+00:00

What are the payment options?

The retainer must be paid prior to work being conducted on your file. It may, in certain circumstances, be possible to pay a partial retainer for your lawyer to take some preliminary time sensitive steps where necessary. The following payment, be it a trial fee, a resolution fee, or a guilty plea fee, is due [...]

What are the payment options? 2017-11-14T11:15:43+00:00

How much do criminal lawyers charge for their services?

Criminal lawyers typically charge a flat rate for different services provided rather than charging an hourly rate. The cost for legal services depends on the lawyer’s experience, as well as the complexity and nature of your case. At Oykhman Criminal Defence, the initial consultation is typically free of charge. During this initial consultation, a lawyer [...]

How much do criminal lawyers charge for their services? 2017-11-14T11:15:48+00:00