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The sooner you get an experienced criminal defence lawyer involved in your case, the better your chances are of minimizing the negative impact on your life. And the longer you postpone hiring a lawyer, the more you risk.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that criminal charges can ruin your life. A prison sentence can take away months or years of your time with your loved ones. Even if you never serve a day in jail, a conviction can come with steep fines and irreparable damage to your reputation, and a criminal record can severely curtail your career prospects as well as impacting your family law rights and even your ability to travel or obtain loans or insurance. And of course, there’s the significant stress and emotional toll on you and those who care about you.

If you are facing the possibility of criminal prosecution, you need an experienced legal professional in your corner from the start—someone who has your best interests at heart and can work diligently on your behalf to defend your rights, fight for your acquittal, and keep this black mark off your record.

Not all law firms are the same, and you need to find an advisor you can trust. Go beyond a general legal practitioner or jack-of-all-trades type; look for a lawyer who focuses solely with criminal defence. You want a lawyer who knows this area of law inside and out, and has a wealth of experience to draw from when preparing your case. You have one chance to fight these charges, and facing a Crown prosecution is a daunting experience. You need a lawyer who can analyze every detail of your case—finding the weaknesses in the prosecution’s evidence, determining whether evidence may have been obtained unlawfully and should be excluded, interviewing witnesses, researching how the law applies to your situation—and mount the most effective defence on your behalf.

If you have been arrested or if you are under investigation for criminal activity, contact Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor today. Make sure you contact an experienced defence lawyer before being questioned by law enforcement. Any statements you make can be used against you in court, and you should make it clear that you wish to call a lawyer before any questions are asked. As your case progresses, a criminal lawyer will be your first and best line of defence against the sometimes confusing criminal justice proceedings you may encounter, from bail hearings to pre-trial matters to trial.

Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence services. Mitch Engel devotes his practice solely to criminal defence cases, and handles every matter with passion and professionalism. He has earned a strong reputation in the Ontario legal community, including among Crown prosecutors and judges, as a skilled negotiator, a formidable legal practitioner, and a fierce advocate for his clients. Mitch Engel is one of the most respected and sought-after criminal defence lawyers in the province, and he looks forward to applying his expertise to your case. Call today to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.