Child pornography is a serious zero-tolerance offence which costs the government millions of dollars on law enforcement and investigative tools, leading to tougher sentencing with minimum penalties of at least one-year in prison for first-time offenders. A child pornography charge can affect all aspects of your life from job and volunteer opportunities to limitations on travel. If you have been charged with a child pornography offence in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle, it is important to hire a lawyer quickly who can help you with you case and deliver you a favourable outcome.
Choose the Right Lawyer for You
Choosing the right lawyer can seem like an impossible task. With so many criminal defence lawyers out there, it’s tough to differentiate them all. It is important to do research and ask questions to ensure they are the right person for the job. What is important to you should align with the type of service the lawyer provides. When dealing with the criminal justice system it’s difficult to know where to start. Here are a few topics that you may want to start with to help you understand what to look for in a criminal defence lawyer.
Child pornography is an ever increasing technology-based crime, often requiring the courts to use computer forensic experts and understand computer programs’ capabilities and limitations. A lawyer who is familiar with the typical software used by police will be able to understand the evidence against you and develop a strong defence. Although past results are not indicative of future outcomes, it may be helpful to ask the lawyer what their typical strategies are when handling cases of this particular nature. They should be able to walk you through their proposed defence. This can help you understand what the process with them might look like. If required, knowledge of counselling and rehabilitation services can be useful, especially if a plea is to be entered. At Aitken Robertson, we provide professional and compassionate advice as well as a vigorous and strong defence in and outside of the courtroom.
Charges of this nature must be handled quickly and with care in order to minimize the lasting effects on the parties involved. A good channel of communication with your lawyer is a must. At Aitken Robertson, we have a team of lawyers, licenced paralegals and other staff members who will be in touch with you. If charged with a child pornography offence in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle your matter will be heard in the Durham Region Courthouse located only 3 blocks from our Oshawa office.
Billing is typically done in one of two ways, block fees or hourly rates. Many lawyers choose to bill on an hourly basis, meaning the cost is proportionate to the number of hours spent working on your case. This method can be unpredictable and typically costs more than block billing method. At Aitken Robertson, we understand that most people do not expect to incur a criminal charge and certainly nobody prepares financially for one. Therefore we charge using the block-fee method; this will allow you to have the full cost upfront. We also offer flexible interest-free payment plans.
This post only touched upon a few areas you may wish to consider, what is important to each individual will vary. You can use this as a starting point, and discuss any other questions you may have not mentioned that you may have with a lawyer. If you are facing child pornography charges in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle, please call our office for a free 30-minute consultation and ask why Aitken Robertson is the firm to represent you.