Bail is one of the first and often one of the most important stages in the criminal justice system. If you’ve been charged with a crime the Crown (government lawyer) may want to keep you in custody while your case proceeds. If the charges are serious or if you have trouble producing a plan of release that satisfies the court, you may face the prospect of spending months or even longer in jail even though you have not yet been convicted of any crime. In extreme cases, those accused of crimes may spend as long in custody as they would for a conviction.
I help my clients to arrange bail so that they can get on with their lives, sleep in their own beds, and earn a living while the case against them proceeds through court. Together we can craft a plan of release that either satisfies the Crown so that they agree to it, or else satisfies the court no matter what the Crown wants. I can help prepare your sureties (the people who will be responsible for you) so that they can face the court and prove they are ready for the responsibility. And if you have already been denied bail, I can prepare a review and come up with a new and better proposal. Because as long as you are in jail with no conviction against you, the question of bail is never closed.
Facing any criminal charge is difficult. Facing that charge while in jail just makes everything far harder and much worse. So get the help you need to resume your life, and then we’ll work together on the case ahead of you.