When you’re facing a challenge, hiring the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you can make to protect yourself. This is never more true than when it comes to criminal charges. If you have been charged with a crime or you suspect that criminal charges may be in your future, you need sound legal advice now. Your reputation, your finances, and your freedom may well depend on the decisions you make with regard to your legal defence.
Some people opt to represent themselves in criminal cases, but the truth is that having an experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side can dramatically increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.
Some of the common reasons that people decide to defend themselves include:
1. “My case is simple.”
Never assume that your case will be straightforward. You’ll be facing a Crown prosecution with the entire weight of the Ontario legal system behind it, and even a seemingly simple case can present complicated questions about evidence, criminal law, and court proceedings. Without a thorough knowledge of the law and how criminal procedures operate in cases like yours, you can easily make an error or oversight that could cost you dearly. A competent, qualified criminal defence lawyer like Mitch Engel will be identify the strengths and weaknesses of your unique case, stand up for your rights in court, and provide a much-needed defence against the charges you face.
2. “I’m innocent.”
Contrary to popular wisdom, the truth will not always set you free. Even if you have done nothing wrong, you still need a criminal defence law firm in your corner to persuade a court to see things your way. Your lawyer can analyze every detail of the prosecution’s evidence against you and present an effective defence strategy that will give you the opportunity to put this experience behind you.
3. “But I can’t afford the legal fees.”
Yes, legal advice costs money, but quality legal representation may be within your reach. A good legal defence should be viewed the same way that you would look at a lifesaving medical procedure. Do you want the cheapest doctor available, or do you pay for experience, talent, and a track record of success? It is the same way with lawyers. Of course you need a lawyer with reasonable fees, but instead of basing your decision strictly on bargain shopping, talk to lawyers about their training and experience handling cases like yours. Ask questions and make sure to put your case—and your future—in the hands of a confident and seasoned professional you can trust.
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.