When Should You Hire A Criminal Defence Lawyer?

November 25, 2021

When Should You Hire A Criminal Defence Lawyer

While facing criminal charges, many people avoid hiring a criminal defence lawyer to cut down on costs. However, it is almost impossible to successfully defend your case yourself if you have been charged with a criminal offence.

When it comes to criminal trials, many factors are involved. A good attorney knows how to salvage the situation on time and prevent any additional costs going forward. Contrary to common belief, hiring an attorney for your criminal defence trial is more economical than representing yourself.

You will not only have to get accustomed to the current laws but will also have to go through long paperwork which requires you to pay certain fees. Since lawyers are proficient with the system, they know how to spend the least amount of money and get the work done.

A professional criminal defence lawyer can easily navigate through the case and find constitutional provisions that can ensure your freedom is important.

In this blog, we have mentioned some of the criminal offences where it is extremely important to hire an attorney to ensure your freedom and safety.

Battery And Assault Charges

Both battery charges and assault charges refer to an act a person commits that puts the victim in reasonable apprehension of harmful or offensive contact. Both acts inflict harmful or offensive contact on the victim.

Battery and assault charge almost always require the intervention of a criminal defence lawyer. There are many variations of this case, and most of them are not straightforward.

If you have been charged with battery and assault, you will need to secure the services of a criminal defence attorney immediately. If you attempt to stand in for yourself with little or no legal background, there is a high chance you will lose the case and end up in a prison.

A competent defence lawyer will help you either claim self-defence, defence of property or defence of someone else.

Based on the case and the situation you are in, either of these claims will be used to help you get out of the situation.

Drug Charges

Several drugs are banned at federal and provincial levels in Canada. For instance, the cultivation, sale, or possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin by individuals are banned. Being involved in any of these activities can lead you to a very long jail term.

Drug cases usually get grave penalties. Hence, the earlier you involve a criminal defence lawyer, the better. A lawyer proficient with the laws and the way criminal trials work will help you walk free and if that is not possible, he/she will help reduce your prison time and other penalties to the minimum.

Your attorney might even force a bargain with the prosecutor especially if you are considered a low-level offender. Under this arrangement, you can offer to provide information that will lead to the arrest of the bigger culprit.

Financial Crimes Or Fraud Charges

These charges are categorized as a type of theft that involves a person illegally obtaining money from another person and using it. It usually comes under deceit but is differentiated from other types of robbery or theft.

Some examples of financial crimes or fraud include debit/credit card fraud, wire fraud, forgery, and insurance fraud.

If you are being prosecuted for any of these crimes, you should secure the services of a criminal defence attorney that specializes in these related crimes as soon as possible.


If you are found stealing or possessing someone’s property without their consent, immediate theft charges will be pressed against you. Although you can represent yourself at trial, it is better not to. You are advised to get a criminal defence attorney as soon as possible.

Theft charges, depending on the type of offence, can be extremely complicated. A competent lawyer will be able to navigate through the legal system to find loopholes that accommodate the crime committed and a way to get a lesser punishment.

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