Whether you've been charged with a minor or serious criminal offence in Ontario, they can equally impact your freedoms, well-being, reputation, and even things like living costs.
When charged with criminal offence, there are a number of variables and options to consider when defending your case. Amonst many factors, you'll need to account for:
- The offences you've been charged with
- The complexity of the case
- Your knowledge of Ontario legal processes, and
- The potential ramifications if you lose your case - be it a fine, penalty, or jail time
You may have a number of Windsor criminal lawyers to choose from, so be diligent in your research when choosing a criminal defence lawyer to protect your freedoms and reputation. If you happen to lose your case, no matter how clean your record was before your charges, it'll impact your future in a number of different ways. That's something you don't want to take a chance with.
Charged with a Minor Criminal Offence
'Minor' is a relative term - there's really no small offence if you've been charged by authorities.
In Ontario, minor offences are prosecuted under Part I or Part II of the Provincial Offences Act, and can sometimes be settled with an out-of-court payment. But other times, you may need to defend yourself in court. Minor offences you can be tried for in the Windsor region can range from speeding and traffic violations, to municipal by-law charges related to animal control or excessive noise, to charges laid out by the provincial legislation.
No matter how minor you feel the charge is, it won't go away, and it can't be ignored. This is one of the worst ways to handle the situation. Even a minor charge can have ramifications, like impacting your freedoms and harming your reputation, and can quickly spiral out of control if not handled in the correct manner.
Charged with a Serious Criminal Offence
As the name suggests, a serious criminal offence can have lifelong consequences on your career, reputation, freedoms, and more. You may face substantial fines, jail time, and defamation in your community.
Serious criminal charges in Ontario can include domestic and sexual assaults, drug offences, impaired driving, impairment by drug, mental health law, and other criminal charges. My Windsor law firm can provide counsel and representation in this time, helping you fully understand the options that are available to you. To make you feel comfortable, you can always schedule a free, confidential consultation at my Windsor law office.
Navigating this unfamiliar territory is scary and unsettling, and Ontario legal processes become tricky. A misstep can have serious, detrimental effects on your future and your family. Without the proper legal counsel and experience, you may be jeopardizing your rights, freedoms, and reputation.
When Winning Matters
If you've been charged with a criminal offence in the Windsor, Essex, Chatham, or Sudbury areas, allow me, Daniel Topp, a seasoned criminal defence lawyer, to guide you through the legal process.
I always seek the best resolution for you or a complete withdrawal of charges in the best case scenario as soon as possible. If a resolution can't be worked out that's acceptable to you, my law firm is ready to defend you in court at trial.
For the better part of two decades, I've provided strong and competent legal representation for the residents of Windsor, and I can help you too. Through our initial, no charge consultation, I'll have an opportunity to better understand your situation and how I might be able to help. More importantly, it's your chance to ensure that we're compatible, and that you're comfortable with my ability to build a winning case for you.