A first-time arrest can be an overwhelming and difficult experience. And any attempt to handle things by yourself will likely cause more stress and further complications.
The criminal justice system is extremely complicated and can be daunting for the uninitiated. Further, every case is different and has its own challenges within Canada’s criminal justice system. Legally, you have the right to defend yourself against a criminal charge. However, doing so is ill-advised and may result in an unfavorable outcome — even lawyers hire other lawyers to represent them in criminal proceedings.
At David Anber’s Law Office, our lawyers are well-versed in all areas of Canadian criminal law. We have a deep understanding of how the prosecution operates and how the local justice system works in Ottawa.
Even if the charges against you are minor and require no jail time, if convicted you will have a criminal record. Rest assured, we understand that a criminal record can adversely affect your life in many ways, and we are dedicated to helping dismiss or reduce the charges you face.
What happens after I am arrested?
In Canada, police can arrest you without a warrant if you have committed – or if police believe you will commit – a serious crime. If you are arrested for a criminal offence in Canada, do not fight back. Cooperate with law enforcement and obey their instructions. Once you are arrested, you will be “processed” by police. For less serious charges, you will be released but will be required to return to court at a later date.
If you are charged with a more serious crime, a police officer will take you into custody for a bail hearing. You will also be fingerprinted and photographed during this time.
After providing police with basic information about yourself, you will then be escorted to a holding cell. At this time, by law, you must be granted the right to make a phone call and to speak with your criminal defence lawyer.
Within 48 hours of being taken into custody, a court hearing will be scheduled. You will be able to meet with your defence lawyer before the hearing.
What happens if I go to trial?
If your case goes to trial, our criminal defence lawyers can work diligently to help you build a solid defence that protects your freedom, future, and reputation.
One of our experienced defence lawyers can appear beside you on your designated court date(s). During your trial, a judge (or jury) will determine your innocence or guilt based on the evidence presented by your legal team and the evidence put forth by the Crown.
At David Anber’s Law Office, we leave no stone unturned when comes to gathering evidence to prove your innocence. We analyze every shred of information, witness statement, police report, and all material evidence. Further, we carefully review your Charter rights to ensure they are not violated at any time by law enforcement or members of the court. We may push for a case dismissal if we determine that the evidence against you is shaky or that your basic rights were violated.