We Specialize In All Things Criminal.
Our specialization isn’t just a claim; it’s a commitment. From minor offenses to high-stakes litigation, our track record speaks volumes about our dedication to this intricate field.
We Help You Get The Best Outcome Given The Circumstances
We understand the emotions, the uncertainties, and the fears that accompany legal challenges. That’s why we ensure every client feels seen, heard, and expertly guided. Our team is well-versed in the latest legal precedents, statutes, and defense strategies, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in your defense.
More Than What Meets the Eye
While we’ve highlighted some key areas of our expertise, this is just the tip of the iceberg. At Abbey Lawyers, we cover a wide spectrum of criminal charges beyond those listed. Whatever your legal challenge, rest assured we have the expertise and experience to defend and guide you. Reach out to discover how we can support your specific needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
In Canada, if you’re arrested or detained, you have several rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These include:
- The right to be informed promptly of the reasons for your arrest or detention.
- The right to retain and instruct counsel (a lawyer) without delay and to be informed of that right.
- The right to remain silent, meaning you don’t have to answer any questions posed by the police. Always remember to exercise these rights and consult with a lawyer before making any statements to the police.
In Canadian criminal law, offences are categorized as either summary conviction or indictable. Summary conviction offences are less severe, with lighter penalties and shorter limitation periods. They are generally tried in provincial courts without a jury. Indictable offences, on the other hand, are more serious and come with heftier penalties. Depending on the crime, the accused might have the choice of being tried by a judge alone or with a jury in a higher court.
Yes, in Canada, if you’re found guilty, you have the right to appeal either the conviction itself or the severity of the sentence, or both. The appeal process is complex and requires a thorough review of the trial proceedings to identify any legal errors that might have affected the verdict or sentence. It’s crucial to consult with a lawyer immediately after a conviction to understand your appeal rights and potential grounds.
A criminal conviction in Canada will remain on your record indefinitely unless you obtain a record suspension (formerly known as a pardon). A record suspension allows for the removal of the conviction from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database, ensuring it doesn’t appear during a background check within Canada. However, the eligibility and waiting periods for a record suspension vary based on the nature and number of offences. It’s advisable to consult with a lawyer about the specifics of your situation and potential eligibility.
In Canada, after an arrest, an individual might be released on their own recognizance or may need a bail hearing. At the bail hearing, the court determines whether the accused should be released or detained until the trial. The court considers several factors, including the nature of the crime, the accused’s criminal history, and the likelihood of the accused returning to court. Conditions may be imposed on the accused’s release, such as staying in a particular place or abstaining from contact with certain individuals.