Very often the courtroom just isn’t the right place to solve problems. The reasons why you got charged with a crime in the first place may have very little to do with criminal law, and with the right assistance the court may be satisfied with some arrangement other than a guilty plea and a criminal record. In other cases, if a guilty plea is required, you may find considerable flexibility in the court if you are able to admit the error and show you are serious about doing better in the future.
I negotiate with Crown lawyers on behalf of my clients to find the best possible outcomes in each situation. Often, effective counselling and intervention can help to divert matters out of the justice system entirely, with your charges withdrawn, or drastically reduce the penalty that the Crown is seeking. While your options may be limited, there’s always room to negotiate and to arrive at what’s best for you. Not every matter can be diverted or plead down to a minor charge, but I’ll always do the best I can for every client and make sure every option is put on the table. Then it’s for you to decide.
No matter how or why you ended up in the justice system, every human being has a story. I never lose sight of the person and I make sure the Crown and the court doesn’t lose sight of you either. I’ve always found that’s the way to get to the best possible result in your individual case.