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Always Consult with an Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer

There are times, when some people are arrested and charged with a criminal offence, and they know they are guilty of having committed that crime. However, it is never a good idea to take a plea deal or plead guilty to the charges, without first consulting with your OWN criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa.

By your “OWN” lawyer, it means one that is not assigned to you by the court, also known as Duty Counsel. Court-appointed solicitors tend to be overloaded with cases. Of course, they are required to provide you legal advice and inform you of your rights, but they might attempt to sway you to take a plea agreement in exchange for admitting guilt for the offence or simply plead guilty, so they can resolve your case as quickly as possible and move on to helping their next court-appointed client.

This is why you need to take the time to talk to an experienced defence lawyer, who is not court-appointed. There are many qualified criminal lawyers throughout Ottawa that offer free consultations and will provide you with their sound and expert advice about how you should proceed. It never hurts to find out your options before making up your mind solely based upon your perceived guilt for committing the offence.

To better illustrate this, let’s consider a case where a person has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and they have been charged with impaired driving. While the person might have consumed a little too much alcohol, resulting in their impairment, if the police did not follow proper procedures or violated the person’s rights in any manner, there could be sufficient grounds for building a strategic defence to the charges and fighting them, with the possibility of getting them dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.

Do keep in mind this is just an example of potential outcomes and each person’s circumstances do vary based upon the type of criminal offence, the evidence the Crown has, and whether their rights have been violated. However, the point was to make you aware, just because you might not think you have no alternative to pleading guilty or taking a plea agreement, there are, in many situations, other options you are unaware of, which could benefit your particular situation.

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a criminal offence, the law provides the person is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubts. Do not give up your rights and risk you freedoms by taking a plea agreement or pleading guilty. Contact experienced Ottawa defence lawyer, Céline Dostaler by calling 613-695-8595 for a FREE, no-obligation 30 minute consultation today!

DISCLAIMER: The above information is provided for reference purposes only and should not be construed as actual legal advice. For professional legal advice to find out your rights and options you need to arrange a consultation with a qualified Ottawa criminal defence lawyer, like Céline Dostaler.