How can I get my driving while disqualified charges dropped?

>>>How can I get my driving while disqualified charges dropped?

police officer pulling over dangerous driver

In some cases, there is a possibility that after reviewing all of the evidence against you, we find weaknesses that are detrimental enough to the Crown prosecutor’s case that we can persuade them to drop the charges against you. If this does not happen, there are other ways that you can ensure that you are not convicted of this offence without proceeding to trial.

For example, we can engage in early case resolution negotiations with the Crown, and we may be able to persuade them to drop your criminal charges in exchange for a timely guilty plea to a traffic offence. As a result, you will likely pay a fine, but will ultimately be able to completely avoid a criminal conviction. If your charges are too serious or if the evidence against you is too strong to persuade the Crown to allow you to plea to a traffic offence, there are some sentencing options that can significantly reduce the penalty that you face after a finding of guilt. For example, we can make an in-court application on your behalf for a conditional discharge. A conditional discharge is not the same as a conviction. Instead of being convicted after a finding of guilt, you will be ‘discharged’ from the offence if you comply with certain conditions for a specified amount of time. In order to learn more about discharges, please visit our FAQ on conditional and absolute discharges.

If this is not your first offence and a discharge is not appropriate in your circumstances, we can work to secure a sentence that will place minimal restrictions on your liberty. For example, we can advocate for you to avoid any time spent in prison and instead have you pay a fine, or a fine or probation. If prison is unavoidable, we can also advocate for sentences that will allow you to serve your sentence in the community with a conditional sentence order, or for you to serve an intermittent sentence and only serve weekends in jail. No matter what your circumstances may be, contact one of our criminal defence lawyers immediately and we will immediately begin working to secure the best possible outcome for your charges.

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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.