Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime, which prohibits certain actions and proposes sanctions for unlawful behaviour. If you are charged with a crime, it can be an overwhelming and scary experience. You probably have a lot of questions, such as:
“What should I do?” “What does this mean for me?” “How will this affect my future?”.
These are all valid concerns that come with some very important decisions to make, but you do not have to face this alone- anyone detained or arrested has the right to retain and instruct counsel without delay. If you are charged with a crime, it is essential that you talk to a criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. They know the process and how it works, and can guide you every step of the way. You should expect the Crown to have an experienced and knowledgeable prosecutor, and so it is important that your defence is equally (if not more) capable to ensure that you get a fair trial with the best possible outcome. You must keep in mind that the Crown’s job is proving your guilt at trial, which means that they may not call evidence that could help your case in any way. Their priority is getting a conviction, so don’t expect them to have your best interests at heart. That’s why you need a criminal defence lawyer who will be looking out for you and your best interests.
Types of Criminal Offences
In Canada, there are two classes of offences, summary and indictable. Indictable offences are more serious, with higher penalties than summary offences, although many summary offences can also result in jail time and fines as well. There are also hybrid (aka dual) offences, meaning that they can be tried as either an indictable or summary offence, which is up to the Crown to decide. Examples of hybrid offences include DUI’s, drug possession, and theft. If it is an indictable offence, there are three ways you can be tried: Court of Queen’s Bench judge without a jury, Court of Queen’s judge with a jury, and Provincial Court judge without a jury. If it is a summary offence, you will be tried by a Provincial Court judge. Regardless of the type of offence and trial method, Stephen G. Price will make sure you understand the charges, the evidence against you, and lastly, your legal options.
Stephen G. Price, Criminal Defence Lawyer
Stephen G. Price has helped many clients just like you successfully navigate the legal system, and with his guidance and expert advice, they were able to reach the best possible outcome for their circumstances. With decades of experience as a defence lawyer in Surrey and Langley, he is also a former police officer, meaning that with every case, he puts his in-depth, specialized knowledge of both sides of the legal system at work for you. You deserve a defence lawyer who will stand up and fight for you. Looking for a criminal defence lawyer in Surrey or Langley? Stephen G. Price is the attorney you want for legal support regarding criminal offences. Contact us online or call today at (604) 530-2191 for a free consultation.