What happens at an initial consultation?

>>>What happens at an initial consultation?

At your initial consultation we will typically spend about one hour gathering critical information about yourself and about the charges you are currently facing. We will also want your honest recollection of the events that led to your being charged with an offence. This is a very important meeting because it allows us to gather information about the most fundamental aspects of your case and identify possible defences to the charges you are facing.

A significant portion of your initial consultation will be spent reviewing your side of the story and the circumstances surrounding the alleged offence. It is very important that you tell us any and all details that you think might be relevant, and that you answer all questions honestly. We can build a strong defence for you only if you provide us with accurate information.

In addition to hearing your version of events, we will also go through any court documents or documents that were given to you by the police. These documents normally identify the date, place, and time that you have to be in court, and where and when you will have to go to get your fingerprinting done. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances.

We will also gather personal information such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence, and for seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor. At the end of the meeting we will give you an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and make suggestions as to what you should do while you are waiting for your matter to be resolved. It is very important that you follow our directions to ensure that your matter is dealt with effectively and efficiently.

For the initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring the following documents:

  • A written statement 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

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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.