Choosing a lawyer to represent you for an impaired charge is not something that most people have a lot of experience with. Having the right lawyer on your team can impact your experience in the criminal justice system and the outcome of your case. That being said, if you know what to look for, finding the right lawyer to fight your charge does not have to be difficult. Below are 6 criteria that help you understand what sort of things to look for in a criminal defence lawyer if you have been charged in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle.
It is important that your lawyer have sufficient experience in the particular area of law. Because criminal law is fluid and constantly changing, your lawyer should stay up to date on the most current state of the law. Our lawyers remain well versed in the latest techniques and nuances in the law by participating in new courses. At Aitken Robertson, many of the lawyers are trained and qualified on the same testing machines that are used by the police. In fact, Richard Aitken owns an Intoxilyzer 8000, the same exact breath testing instrument used by police in Bowmanville, Courtice and Newcastle. This gives us unique knowledge on the technical procedure of a breath sample and the science behind the technology. This is particularly helpful when mounting defences that challenge the validity of the breath sample.
At Aitken Robertson, our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience. Through our collaborative approach we have the ability to collaborate and use different points of views to develop the strongest defences for you.
Instead of billing on an hourly basis, which can often be more expensive and unpredictable, Aitken Robertson charges using a block-fee method, giving you the full cost upfront. We offer flexible interest free payment plans, which many clients choose to use.
Reviews from other clients can be extremely helpful. Their experiences can help you understand what yours may also look like. While past results are not indicative of future results, it can be helpful to see how similar cases have played out. Positive client testimonials can help provide more confidence in your lawyer. You can find testimonials through a simple Google search or often on the lawyer’s website.
Communication and location
Some charges, like DUI can be quite time sensitive, you may only have a certain number of days to make key decisions about your case, it is necessary that you can be in touch with your lawyer. Depending on the charge, you may have only 89 days to come to a position. At Aitken Robertson, we have a team of lawyers, licenced paralegals and other staff members who work together to communicate with you. If charged with a DUI offence in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle your matter will be heard in the Durham Region Courthouse located only 3 blocks from our Oshawa office.
Do You Feel Comfortable with the Lawyer?
You have to be comfortable working with the lawyer. The lawyer is there is help you through an often confusing time. While lawyers help gather a strong defence and fight for you, in the end they work under your instructions. You need to be able to speak frankly with your lawyer to discuss your options and make a decision that you feel is best for you. While a lawyer may have all of the things you are looking for, and you still don’t feel like they are the right fit, then they probably aren’t. It’s important to trust how you feel and choose wisely.
If you have been charged with an impaired driving offence in Bowmanville, Courtice or Newcastle, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. At Aitken Robertson, our lawyers help you mount a strong defence and are committed to get you driving again as soon as possible.