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Criminal Charge FAQ

For many people facing criminal charges, the process seems overwhelming and the future seems uncertain. You may not have a clear sense of what to expect, what’s at stake, or how this will affect your life. An experienced criminal defence lawyer can help provide answers to some of those questions. Here, we address some of the most common questions we hear from our clients.

  1.  What exactly is a criminal charge?
  2.  What is a criminal record?
  3.  A police officer wants me to answer some questions about a crime. Should I comply?
  4.  I’ve been arrested; what do I do now?
  5.  I have to appear in court; what should I do?

Answers

  1.  What exactly is a criminal charge?
  A.  When authorities believe that you have committed a violation of a criminal law (most often the Criminal Code of Canada), charges are a method of formalizing the accusations and initiating criminal proceedings against you. If you have been charged with a criminal offense, an experienced criminal defence lawyer can help you understand the charges and the potential penalties you face, protect your legal rights during the process, and begin formulating a defence to the charges. If you have not yet been charged, but you believe that you may be under investigation for criminal activity, a lawyer can give you sound advice about your options and what to do next.
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  2.  What is a criminal record?
  A.  A person has a criminal record only after he or she has been convicted of a criminal offence. A criminal record does not include charges that have been discharged or conditionally discharge by the court. Kruse law firm is often able to successfully negotiate a conditional discharge or a discharge or a peace bond for their clients to avoid a criminal record and preserve their future.
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  3.  A police officer wants me to answer some questions about a crime. Should I comply?
  A.  That is up to you, but you do not have any legal obligation to answer questions by law enforcement. In fact, in most cases, it is not advisable to speak to the police, because they may be gathering evidence against you. A lawyer can help you determine the best course of action in your specific situation.
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  4.  I’ve been arrested; what do I do now?
  A.  If you have been arrested on charges of sexual assault, domestic assault or in connection with any other criminal charge, it is vital that you call a lawyer before consenting to any breath test. You have the right to counsel, and you should exercise that right.
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  5.  I have to appear in court; what should I do?
  A.  This initial court appearance is not a trial. In fact, there may be more than one court appearance before your actual trial. Nevertheless, it’s important to retain experienced counsel during these early steps in your case. You’ll be given important information about the charges and evidence against you; you may need to enter a plea; and you may need to make important decisions about how your case will proceed. Seeking legal counsel early in the process will ensure that you have the guidance you need, that your rights are protected, and that your lawyer has time to prepare the best possible defence on your behalf.
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