Criminal defense isn’t only needed for cases involving violent crimes like murders or rapes. In fact, if you’ve been accused of shoplifting at a local store or driving drunk, you may want to have a criminal defense attorney on your side. The long-term impact a misdemeanor or felony can have on your life may not be immediately apparent, but you could face difficulties finding work, maintaining relationships, or moving forward after the accusations. A criminal defense attorney knows the ins and outs of the Canadian justice system; with the right help and advice, we can create a defense that will help show your side of the story.
You should always work with someone who makes you feel comfortable and in the right; defending you is my job and one I take seriously and with pride. There are a few ways we can work together to reduce or eliminate the chance of punishment from the court. With affirmative criminal defense action, we can attempt to eliminate or disprove the prosecution’s alleged evidence against you. To do this, we must show that the evidence they have is false. Using witness testimonies or determining your alibi are just a few ways to do this. If you know that you have someone who can prove that you weren’t at the scene of a crime or that you didn’t do what police are accusing you of, then that’s great for your case and could help you receive a reduced sentence or a not-guilty verdict.
An insanity defense is also possible in some cases, but with it, it must be proved that you committed the crime but didn’t know what you did was wrong. Typically, this defense is reserved for those with severe mental illnesses or other health issues at the time of the criminal act, but this can apply in some cases. If you aren’t proven innocent due to the insanity plea, then you could face a guilty charge that puts you in a compromising position, which is why it isn’t often used. This is one avenue we can discuss if it makes sense for your case.
You may also be able to defend yourself using a duress or coercion defense. In these cases, we can prove that you only committed a crime because you were forced to do so. For instance, if your family was threatened if you didn’t participate in an illegal act, you may be able to show that you were under duress and had no other choice than to commit a crime. You could also be under duress if someone was threatening to harm you if you didn’t participate in a violent or dangerous act.