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Never Plead Guilty!™
Do Not Say Anything Until You Consult With a Criminal Defense Lawyer
Remain Silent Until You Speak With a Lawyer
The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Sometimes people facing criminal charges feel so confused and anxious about the situation that they resort to doing nothing. Ignoring criminal charges will not make them go away and it could have devastating effects on your future.
You need help and you need it now. Our experienced criminal lawyers will help you to deal with your criminal charges in a way that will result in the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t wait and don’t plead guilty until you contact one of our experts.
How a guilty plea works
At your first court appearance, after charges have been laid, the judge will ask you to enter a plea. At this point, you can choose to plead guilty, not guilty or ask to reserve your plea, which means that you want to wait until a later date to enter a plea.
If you plead guilty to criminal charges, you are convicted of that offence. Once you plead guilty, you can’t take it back and you will have fewer options available to you from that point on. Consulting one of our criminal law experts before you plead guilty will ensure that you make this important decision armed with all the knowledge and advice that you need.
Know your options
The first step to dealing with the charges against you is to figure out what are your options. Once you contact one of our criminal law experts, they will assess your case and provide you with advice regarding:
The strengths and weaknesses of the case against you,
The penalties and consequences that you face if you are convicted,
Whether you have any defences to the charges,
What evidence needs to be preserved for your defence,
What witnesses should be interviewed and called to court on your behalf, including any expert witnesses that may need to be retained.
Armed with this information, you and your lawyer will be able to determine the best course of action for you. This may involve pleading not guilty and preparing for trial.
Your lawyer may advise you that your best option is to negotiate a plea-bargain. In this case, your lawyer will try to convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges against you in exchange for your agreement to plead guilty to the lesser charges. Reduced charges generally result in less severe penalties. While not ideal, this may be your best option.
Know the potential consequences of a conviction
The penalties involved with being convicted of a criminal offence can be harsh and life-changing. Pleading guilty will result in your conviction. Never plead guilty to any charges until you understand completely the consequences of that decision.
Beyond the obvious jail terms and fines, having a criminal record may restrict your ability to work in certain professions, own or carry a firearm or travel outside of Canada.
Our criminal law experts are available to speak with you today about your options. Your future is too important to take chances. Consult one of our lawyers as soon as possible and get the best possible outcome for your case.