Criminal Defence Attorneys
Indictable offences carry serious consequences, which are immediate or long-term. They affect various aspects of a person’s life, including their job and education.
A Newmarket criminal defence lawyer can build a strong defence against your charges. We are familiar with criminal laws and know the problems you will face.
At Sondhi Defence, we serve clients in Aurora, Halliburton, and Southern Ontario. We understand criminal law and can provide legal representation in your criminal proceedings.
Types of Criminal Offences
The Canadian Criminal Code identifies three broad categories of offences, including:
- Summary offence
- Indictable offence
- Hybrid offence
Summary offences are low-level offences such as minor assaults or offensive behaviour. They are usually heard in Magistrate courts and carry lower penalties.
Indictable offences are more serious offences tried by a judge or jury. They carry harsher penalties, including life imprisonment. Some examples of indictable offences include murder, treason, and drug trafficking.
Hybrid offences give the prosecution a choice to proceed by indictment or summarily. Domestic assault is an example of a hybrid offence.
Summary offences have a one-year limitation period for bringing claims against the accused. However, individuals can be charged with an indictable offence at any time.
What Is the Criminal Charge Process?
If you are charged with committing a crime, you will be arrested and placed in police custody. The officer will release you within 24 hours unless they reasonably believe:
- That you will fail to attend court
- That your release is against public interest
- That they will fail to follow the conditions of their bail
If you are not released, you may request a bail hearing. At the hearing, a judge will decide to grant you bail or keep you in jail.
Individuals who refuse bail will remain in custody until their trial. After appearing in court, officers will present you with information about your case.
It is presumed that you are innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution, but you will be given the chance to either plead guilty or not guilty to the charges brought against you. Trial will take place if you plead not guilty. When you enter a guilty plea, you admit to committing the crime, and the trial will be skipped.
During your trial, the prosecution and defense will present evidence to prove your guilt or innocence. If the jury or judge finds you guilty, you will be sentenced. If they do not, you will be acquitted.
Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Criminal offences come with several consequences, including:
Denial of immigration, refugee, or citizenship status
Payment of hefty fines
Inability to access government benefits and loans
Inability to obtain professional licenses
Inadmissibility to travel to other countries (e.g., the United States)
Loss of child custody rights (if any)
Loss of driving privileges
Loss of employment
Loss of future career opportunities
Loss of housing opportunities
Loss of scholarship opportunities
Obtaining a criminal record
Why You Need Newmarket Criminal Lawyers
You can benefit from the services of Newmarket criminal defence lawyers from Sondhi Defence in the following ways:
We can help you navigate the criminal justice system
We will gather evidence that will support your case and prepare an effective defence
Our attorneys will seek to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced based on the evidence against you
We will guide you through the pre-trial and trial phases
After an arrest, we can help you secure bail
Where possible, we can negotiate favourable plea bargains to reduce your sentence
Our attorneys will compile the necessary legal paperwork for you
The Sondhi Defence team will provide you with professional criminal defence representation at criminal trials. Call us to schedule a free consultation.
How Do You Choose a Good Criminal Defence Attorney?
When you need a criminal defence lawyer to defend you against a criminal charge, it’s important to know the following:
Their level of experience with the criminal justice system and the specific areas of criminal law you are dealing with.
Their law school education or qualifications
Their established local connections with judges and prosecutors in various courthouses
The accessibility and availability of the attorneys throughout the criminal process
Whenever you need a criminal law firm that meets all these requirements, Sondhi Defence can assist you. We are knowledgeable about criminal law and will make sure your rights are protected.
We have experience defending our clients in different areas of criminal law, including:
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Fraud under $5000
Guns and gangs
Offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
Criminal Lawyer Experience and Qualification
The Sondhi Defence team consists of criminal lawyers who have represented clients with serious charges. These charges range from murder, sexual assault, drug possession, and gun-related prosecutions.
We have extensive jury trial experience in all levels of court and have worked in various Ontario courthouses.
We have acquired degrees from some of the most prestigious law schools. We also have an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.
Our lawyers are members of the Ontario Law Society, the Criminal Lawyer’s Association, and the Canadian Bar Association.
Attending to Client’s Needs
Dedicated to representing our clients and the Newmarket community, we handle every case tactfully, ensuring our clients remain confident in our representation.
Our approach to criminal cases is individual, so every case is handled differently. As one of the top trial law firms in Ontario, our skilled criminal defence attorneys provide aggressive criminal defence to clients in every type of criminal case.
Sondhi Defence is available to speak to clients seven days a week on the most critical and sensitive criminal charges. Find out how we can help you by scheduling a free initial consultation.
Contacting a Criminal Defence Lawyer
Being accused of a crime is devastating. Therefore, it is advisable to immediately contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer. This will give the lawyer more time to prepare a solid defence strategy for your case.
Our lawyers are familiar with various matters of criminal law. We can use our experience to help you assert your rights in the criminal process.
We understand the consequences of criminal convictions and will fight to reduce or dismiss your charges. For legal representation or more information about criminal charges, contact Sondhi Defence today.
Get In Touch
If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence, call us right away at 1 (855) 4-SONDHI and get our team on your side.