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EXPERIENCED OTTAWA CRIMINAL LAWYERS

Shore Johnston Hyslop Day - Experienced Ottawa Criminal Lawyers

OUR CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE

Navigating the criminal justice system without experienced Ottawa criminal lawyers can be a nerve-wracking ordeal.  Being arrested and charged with a crime may be the worst day of your life but it doesn’t need to define the rest of your life.  Our expert team of Ottawa based criminal defence lawyers will stand by your side through all stages of the process, from investigation to appeal. For the past fifty years, we’ve helped our clients through every type of criminal charge in Ontario under the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and other related legislation. We have also represented individuals and businesses in regulatory investigations and prosecutions, from the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to the Canadian Lobbying Act.

 

OUR RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, our criminal defence lawyers work diligently to ensure that our clients obtain favorable results at the bail stage, through guilty pleas and sentencing, in judge-alone or judge-and-jury trials, and on appeal.

No one should deal with the criminal justice system without proper representation and protection. If you or someone you know is facing charges, please contact us for a free consultation.

Protect your rights and freedom with an experienced Ottawa criminal lawyer

WHY DO I NEED AN OTTAWA CRIMINAL LAWYER?

Getting arrested for the first time can be an overwhelming and terrifying experience. Attempting to deal with the situation by yourself can be overwhelming.

The criminal law system is extremely complex and each individual's situation can be very challenging. Even though you are entitled to defend a criminal charge yourself, endeavoring to do so without the experience of a prepared Ottawa criminal lawyer is incredibly difficult.

Your criminal defence attorney will have a strong and solid comprehension of the complexities of criminal law as well as how prosecutors and the local justice system works in Ottawa.

Your criminal record may affect your future in many ways - from your employment to your travel freedoms. A criminal record does not always reflect the true nature of an individual, and sometimes it can happen for an honest mistake.

So, it is always advisable to consult with an experienced Ottawa criminal lawyer, who can formulate a strategy to minimize the potential consequences

Remember, your freedom may be on the line. Even if the likelihood of jail time in your case is slim, there are the potential long-term effects of a criminal record to consider.

OUR CRIMINAL DEFENCE SERVICES

Ottawa Bail Layers
BAIL
Our Ottawa based criminal defence and bail lawyers have experience with virtually every type of bail hearing. From the initial appearance before the Justice of the Peace to multiple-day hearings for the most serious charges
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Ottawa Trial Lawyers
TRIALS
We have what it takes to defend any criminal charge. Our criminal defence lawyers are armed with decades of experience, courtroom skills and drive to represent you and help you understand your rights and options at each stage
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Weapons and Firearms
WEAPONS / FIREARMS
Our defence lawyers are available to consult with anyone that is interested in obtaining weapons or firearms legally. We also advise and represent people being investigated or charged with weapons or firearms offences
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Aboriginal Defendants
ABORIGINAL DEFENDANTS
Our goal is to help our Aboriginal defendants obtain just sentences which are responsive to the charges.  Our Aboriginal client’s personal and family history of abuse, poverty or other extenuating circumstances
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Ottawa DUI Lawyers
DRIVING OFFENCES
Our experienced Ottawa criminal lawyers will defend your rights and help you get the best possible result for your impaired driving case including the more serious offences resulting in bodily harm or causing death
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Sexual Offences
SEXUAL OFFENCES
Our defence lawyers have the experience to help our clients fight these charges, from investigation to trial. We can assist with minimizing the damage to reputation at the forefront and with obtaining acquittals or fair sentences
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MEET OUR OTTAWA CRIMINAL LAWYERS

Results and testominials

Our Ottawa criminal lawyers work closely with clients in order to help them navigate the justice system and to obtain positive results, whether through negotiation, at trial, or on appeal.
RESULTS
“Excellent and progressive team of criminal lawyers in Ottawa, forward thinking and not forgetting that a strong society is based on protecting the rights of its individuals… highly recommended!”
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SHOULD I TRY TO DISPUTE A CHARGE ON MY OWN?
No. Self-representation can create more problems than there needs to be, even if you’re experienced in criminal law. Evidence can easily be overlooked, assembling a case on your own is a massive undertaking.  It requires plenty of time and dedication, and you risk missing out on critical elements that could otherwise improve your prospects. Safeguarding your freedom and rights is crucial, and the only way to ensure an optimal, well-researched approach is to consult an experienced Ottawa criminal lawyer.

AM I ENTITLED TO A LAWYER?
Absolutely. Regardless of your charge, you have the right to seek legal counsel from a criminal defence lawyer. We highly recommend that you exercise this right so they can help you strengthen your case. Whether you’re in need of attentive, well-informed guidance in preparation for a bail hearing, trial or otherwise, they can improve the outlook of the situation at hand.

HOW EXACTLY CAN A CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER HELP ME?
Seeking out and working with the right lawyer ensures you can build a compelling argument against the charges laid. They are especially helpful at collecting and analyzing evidence, planning cases based on years of real-world practice, and thoroughly organizing your side of the story. Also, in court proceedings where a judge and jury deliver a verdict, a good criminal lawyer will be able to present and articulate critical details clearly, professionally, and in a well-informed manner. They will lean into their expertise in various areas of practice, previous cases, and other elements to strengthen the argument further. This is essential, as the defence lawyer needs to convince those presiding over the proceedings of your position.

WHAT IF I KNOW THAT I’M GUILTY?
Everyone makes mistakes. If you indeed are at fault in some capacity, however, an experienced Ottawa criminal lawyer can potentially reduce the stress associated with your guilt. For instance, it’s possible that we can help you reduce your sentence or even avoid prison time. Entering a guilty plea indicates to the presiding judge that you accept responsibility for your actions. As a result, the sentencing could be lessened. This depends on multiple factors including the severity of the crime, the amount of evidence stacked against you, and how strong your own argument to contest or minimize the charges is. We’re here to help with all of this and more, so don’t hesitate to contact us for representation.

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