If you’ve been charged with a crime in the St. Catharines area and think you may require a criminal lawyer to represent you, put your trust in the highly-skilled, professional and experienced criminal law firm of Lockyer Posner Craig. The sooner you hire the right criminal lawyer, the odds of winning your case increase.
Do You Need A Criminal Lawyer?
If you have been charged with a crime in St. Catharines or anywhere in Ontario, it is generally in your best interest to consult and retain a criminal lawyer. The fact is, even if you have not been charged with a crime, you could benefit by hiring a criminal lawyer if an investigation has been opened as is the case with sexual assault and criminal complaints — an investigation is immediately opened. The benefit of hiring a criminal lawyer means having an advocate with a comprehensive and current working knowledge of the law; access to resources you may not have; time you may not have; negotiation skills; and emotional and psychological support as you move through the court system in Ontario.
How Much Does A Criminal Lawyer Charge?
The cost of hiring a criminal lawyer is variable and highly dependent on the amount of work that will be necessary on any given case. A St. Catharines criminal lawyer, as with anywhere throughout Ontario, can realistically result in legal fees of thousands of dollars depending on the severity of the charges. Hourly rates in retaining a criminal lawyer vary dramatically based on skill, success and experience — ultimately, you get what you pay for. Before retaining a criminal lawyer, you should be fully aware and apprised of the fee and cost structure. In Ontario, if you cannot afford a lawyer, you may qualify for legal aid. To be eligible in qualifying for legal aid in Ontario, there is a financial test to assess if your gross income from all sources meets eligibility guideline thresholds.
Do You Need A Criminal Lawyer In Court In Ontario?
The short answer is you do not require a criminal lawyer to represent you in court in St. Catharines or anywhere in Ontario. However, as the adage goes: A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for client. Beyond simply knowing the law, an experienced criminal defence lawyer also has insight and knowledge of the legal system that their clients may not. A criminal defence lawyer is a specialized practitioner, versed in nuance and process in criminal courts that their clients may not possess. An experienced criminal lawyer brings knowledge, insights, resources, specialized skill and familiarity to each case and courtroom and is there to advocate on your behalf.
What To Look For In A Criminal Lawyer
The foremost qualities you need in retaining a criminal lawyer in St. Catharines and throughout Ontario are: experience, comfort, candor, specialization and a track record. An experienced criminal lawyer doesn’t necessarily mean a capable lawyer so you’ll want to look for someone experienced with a demonstrable track record. A close second to a winning track record is comfort. There can be no secrets in your defense so comfort is as important as experience. So too is candor. You need to be able to speak freely with your lawyer, but he or she also needs to be forthright and upfront with you… and you need to be able to heed and hear what is said. Your lawyer is your advocate and your best defense. Listen. And act accordingly.
Will Hiring A Criminal Lawyer Make You Look Guilty?
Hiring a criminal lawyer does not make you look guilty. In Ontario, you have the right to remain silent. And you also have the right, in most cases, to speak to a lawyer if you are detained or arrested. Generally, the only exception is if you have been pulled over while driving or for a roadside breath test. NOT hiring a lawyer, on the other hand, can make you sound guilty as statistically, the preponderance of false confessions are given without a lawyer present. Your lawyer is your advocate with specialized knowledge of the law. You have the right to a lawyer. Finally, to “look guilty” you must be formally presented to a jury or a judge. An experienced criminal lawyer will work — to the best of his or her ability — to ensure if that is not necessary, it will not happen.
If You Have Been Charged With A Crime In St. Catharines
If you have been charged with a crime, or are the subject of a criminal investigation in St. Catharines, Lockyer Posner Craig is the right criminal lawyer firm to handle your case because:
- Our track record of winning is outstanding
- We are among the most respected criminal law firms in Canada
- Our fees are highly competitive
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, it is the Crown’s responsibility to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you are charged with a crime, it is to your benefit to retain an experienced criminal lawyer, sooner rather than later, under any circumstance. Beyond the charge or case itself, your lawyer will assess all circumstances surrounding the incident to ensure your rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms have not been violated.
Lockyer Posner Craig may be able to help you avoid a criminal conviction, time in jail and forced separation from your family.
Confidential Criminal Lawyer Case Consultation
Lockyer Posner Craig has handled hundreds of cases in St. Catharines and across Ontario and are respected by judges and prosecutors throughout the province. We have experience defending criminal cases in Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Oshawa, Hamilton, Bradford, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Orangeville, London, Chatham, Windsor, Cobourg, Kingston, Ottawa, Pembroke, Brantford, Milton, Barrie, Orillia, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Timmins and throughout Ontario.
Let’s meet, in confidence to discuss your options today. Put your trust in the Lockyer Posner Craig criminal defence team of highly skilled criminal lawyers with proven experience in criminal cases and offences. Toll-free: 1-844-395-4084.