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3 Things You Need to Know About Hiring a Criminal Lawyer

A strong defence against all the accusations levelled on you is key to avoiding an unwarranted criminal record.

As the adage goes, ‘fail to prepare and you prepare to fail.’ It applies to most things in life but more so when you’re under investigation for a criminal offense and are ill-prepared to get through unscathed.

The criminal system is complex and intimidating to say the least, and the long road through a criminal proceeding is invariably a stressful one. In a long-drawn-out process like this, your patience and determination to prove your innocence will be put to the test. So how do you bail you out of the little situation you’ve gotten yourself into?

Hire a highly experienced, professional criminal lawyer to represent your case in court. It’s as simple as that.

Before you go searching for a skilled criminal lawyer, let’s quickly go over some important things you must know about dealing with one.

Get the Lawyer Involved Early on

According to the constitution, an individual is well within his or her right to ask for a lawyer. But still a lot of people are uncertain whether they can exercise the right, and if so when.

What’s worse is that there are a whole lot of people out there who wrongly believe that seeking to talk to their lawyer before a police interview is a big giveaway that they’re guilty and trying to game the system.

Or so the assumption goes.

Wild assumptions like these have led people to wrongly believe they’ll be exonerated of all charges or suspicions and even eliminated from further interrogation sessions if they comply with the police and do what’s asked of them- all alone.

Just answer all the questions honestly and you should be fine’ – no, it doesn’t work like that. If only it was as easy as that.

Police interrogations are often stressful, and can be extremely difficult to sit through if you haven’t already. The tension can sap your ability to think clearly, and, at times, even make you drop your guard and say things you’re not supposed to say. Fielding probing questions in a tense police interview room might be nerve-racking when you’re particularly not well informed about these proceedings. Things will be fine as long as you keep schtum, but the investigating officer can still find his way through your story and make you talk. That’s when some big cracks start to appear on your stonewall defence.

Trust me, you don’t want the police to grow suspicious of you; give them a little sniff and hard they come at you.

This is why you should consult with a criminal lawyer early on in the process. They’ll walk you through the procedure, go over all the key details concerning the case, and tell you what to say and what not to say.

Having counsel by your side during the police questioning is a good first step on a long road toward fair trial.

They can Get You Out of Trouble, If….

The main responsibility of a lawyer is to mount a strong defense and deliver the best possible outcome, but your chances of succeeding at the trial depends on many factors.

Sure, a good criminal law firm Canada will do their best to trawl through the disclosure to get as much specifics about the case, and to figure out if they can build a good coherent case and form convincing arguments with their findings. But if there is any conclusive evidence supporting your involvement in the crime, there’s not much they can do about that.

For years, TV dramas and movies about police and courtroom procedurals have portrayed that any person can go scot-free as long as they’ve a smart criminal lawyer by their side. Such a portrayal has resulted in a common misconception that one can get out of literally any crime they’re charged with, even when their case is weak and the circumstances are working against them. That’s far from true.

Criminal lawyers are not wizards that can change what the law dictates at the snap of a finger. So when the odds are clearly not in your favor, a lawyer having a good track record will still see if there is any room for mitigating the quantum of punishment. They always look at the upside and devise a defence strategy to get you a reduced sentence, which sounds like a much better alternative given the gravity of the situation.

Be wary of a lawyer who guarantees to get you a favorable result no matter what.

Complete Disclosure to a Lawyer you can Trust

To make a strong legal defence, your lawyer needs to know pretty much everything about the case. Sure, you may find it a little uncomfortable to open up to a person who you hardly know. You might be a little hesitant to give away all the sensitive information including the fine details such as the events, dates, and times.

But there’s no two ways about it. You’ve got to trust your lawyer.

What’s the harm? A full disclosure to your lawyer lays the foundation for an excellent legal outcome. If anything, it gives them a chance to be better prepared to diffuse the arguments presented by the prosecution, and avoids any last-minute surprises. Keep in mind that holding back key facts only for them to come out during the trial will hamper your chances of achieving the best possible outcome.

Lawyers are bound by a confidentiality agreement and are fully aware that they’re obligated to keep things classified. Trust your lawyer and disclose all the details; it makes all the difference between your case winning and losing.

Having a criminal record can have far-reaching implications and can complicate your life in a number of different ways. If you have the misfortune of facing a likely sentence for alleged involvement in a crime you didn’t commit, seek legal advice from a professional lawyer on how they can help you clear your name.

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