How quickly can my case be resolved?

>>>How quickly can my case be resolved?

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The speed with which your case can be resolved depends on the type and complexity of the file and on your instructions as to how you would like to proceed. A complex file will result in longer delays in completing your case, since there will likely be a large amount of disclosure and multiple witnesses. The usual upshot of this is that more days are required for trial. Your instructions will affect how quickly your case will be resolved. For example, if you would like to plead guilty in an expeditious manner, your case will take less time than if you want to plead not guilty and take the case to trial. You may have an interest in resolving your case quickly, particularly if you have restrictive release conditions or if your license has been suspended until your case is completed. It is important to express those concerns to your lawyer so they can be factored into the analysis of how best to proceed.

Sometimes, beyond your personal concerns, there may also be strategic reasons to waiting a while before concluding the case, such as showing a pattern of de-escalation or rehabilitation. Alternatively, it may be best to have an expedited trial if, on review of disclosure, it is clear that the prosecution has overlooked an essential piece of information.

You have no doubt heard this before, but each case turns on its unique facts and circumstances. Our defence lawyers look at each case from all angles and custom tailor an approach to take into account the client’s needs and the best strategy in the circumstances. In every case, however, our philosophy is that it’s more important to do it right, than to do it fast. Whether you chose us, or a lawyer in your area, hiring a criminal defence lawyer can assist in moving a case through the court system, and a lawyer can provide you with individualized advice as to the potential benefits and drawbacks of various strategies.

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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.

All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  1. Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  2. Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  3. Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  4. Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  1. how complex your case is,
  2. how serious the charges are, and
  3. how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into the thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so thefees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.