Pretty excited to have had my logo t-shirts locally designed and provided. Just a happy fluke that they matched my drum hobby.
I went off brand with the look, but the content is dead on with essential stages of a criminal case presented simply, and it includes expected timelines for each stage of your case.
"It's amazing! It's so full of life and colour - you don't expect a Chart of Criminal Procedure to be anything but dull."
"It is adorable."
"I particularly liked the chart which conveys some important info about the process and time frames in a simple and easy to read format."
The Client Kit is one of the service features I offer and it is available to all new clients. Here is a review:
Your Client Kit is catchy, acute, cusped, acicular prickly keen and craggy!
It contains information such as
- how to reach me
- how to prepare for our meetings
- a discussion of fees
- the concepts of confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege
- explanations of legal terminology you may encounter
- links to other valuable resources I have created
- a worksheet, checklist, and guide I have created for you that will help for sure!
This 2-page PDF covers how to dress, where to sit, when to stand, what to bring, what not to bring, what to call the judge and your lawyer, what not to do, and other good-to-know practicalities that apply in many courts.
"Thank you so much for this great resource."
"This is great."
Criminal Law by Defence Counsel (and former Crown Prosecutor) is based on some of my most popular articles from legal blogs and newsletters I wrote for over 13 years. It is an insider's view from my position as defense counsel for over 30 years, and also as crown prosecutor for 2 years. This is the 2023 version. Volume 1 is 22 pages long. Volume 2 is 16 pages. They cover topics such as:
how family law and criminal law intersect (Vol 1)
ways to find yourself unwittingly in trouble with the laws in Canada
how to respond to situations where you have been accused of transgressions (Vol 1)
when tax avoidance becomes tax evasion and ends up in criminal court
signs to watch out for when you are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (Vol 1)
how to use hearsay evidence to win your court case (Vol 1)
details on how to negotiate an amazing plea bargain that will continue to help you for the rest of your life/how not to mess up negotiating a plea bargain (Vol 1)
when it is illegal for the police to pull you over when you are driving (Vol 1)
how to use legal jargon correctly (Vol 1)
racial profiling defined and why it is a brain twister for judges (Vol 2)
- arrested and in custody - tips if it's you (Vol 2)
- defamation (Vol 2)
- eight ways to win a criminal case (Vol 2)
- four essentials to consider when charged with a criminal offence (Vol 2)
- mediation (Vol 2)
- common pitfalls of representing yourself (Vol 2)
- humiliation and the criminal law (Vol 2)
- witnesses in criminal courts (Vol 2)
- religious communications privilege (Vol 2)
One of the most common questions prospective clients ask is 'what is your hourly rate?' This Guide provides a more sophisticated method to hire a lawyer, including finding the lawyer, your goals at the first interview, learning about fee structures and retainer agreements, how not to get fired by your lawyer after all that, and getting second opinions. Information is packed into 13 PDF pages that you can use to avoid wasting your time and money, or prejudicing your legal case.
You may like to deal with people you can relate to in specific ways, and appreciate the experience a mature lawyer brings to your file.
As we age, we may have special challenges that can land us in hot water with the law. This applies even to people who have so far lived long lives without attracting any criminal record.
Typical issues that lead to criminal or quasi-criminal charges (such as traffic or tax offences) include the following:
If you are like me, you look for transparency, fairness, and value when you are paying for a service. Below are some highlights about how I bill which help to provide those qualities. Feel free to contact me for a quote for your particular matter at 613.203.4874.
*this article was updated September 18, 2023
The point of solicitor-client privilege is to allow you to speak freely with your lawyer to obtain legal advice. You want to know your communications regarding advice will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent - not even through a search warrant. Yet the concept is often misunderstood by lawyers and clients alike and it is the subject of much litigation.
*this article was updated August 2, 2023
The implications and processes of record suspensions are far more complicated than they appear at first blush. Maybe you have already attempted an application - only to have abandoned it in anger and frustration. Still, a record suspension may be right for you. I can let you know and give you important tips for a successful application.
- advice to victims and witnesses (I have extensive experience with victims and witnesses both as a former prosecutor and as defence counsel)
- arrests and arrest warrants (including in-depth knowledge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
- assault (including sexual and partner assault)
- border-crossing issues (including for vacation travel)
When you book a consultation I may ask you to send me documents prior to the appointment, such as a paper you may have received from the police or court telling you of your criminal charge and next court date. Or previous correspondence you may have had with the federal authorities regarding your legal matter. Or relevant emails to which you have access. Or a copy of the government application with which you need help. I'll let you know what to consider giving me in advance if you are comfortable doing so, or to bring to the consultation.
And I may send to you my very popular Pre-Consultation Worksheet. It contains 7 key questions to set us up for an excellent consultation. (Psssst - Ask for my entire complementary Client Kit, which contains additional useful information and resources - updated for 2024!)
At our meeting, whether in person, by phone, or virtually, I will help you define your legal problem, explain the relevant procedures, offer solutions, and describe further steps you could decide to take. Already know what you want to have happen? Great! I will try to make that happen, or find an even better solution.
With over thirty years of practise, I've gained experience in many types of law. And each year I take numerous continuing education courses in various legal subjects (unbelievable how quickly the laws change!). Please go ahead and ask me your questions even if they are not criminal related - I'll let you know if I can help.
Did you know:
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1. All of our communications are confidential, from the first phone call or email. No one outside of my firm will know you even contacted me, unless you authorise me to tell them.
2. There are no fees for the first contact with me. If we are going forward, I will give you a fee quote for legal advice or information. Payment plans are offered for on-going services. Read more about fees by clicking here.