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Brookshire Law Office
in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Brookshire Law Office provides full criminal legal services to our clients. Asaf Rashid, our Halifax criminal lawyer, works on all matters relating to criminal law. One in eight Canadians has a criminal record, so if you have had a run in with criminal law, you are not alone. Our Halifax criminal defence lawyer helps handle criminal charges, trials and sentencing and also, concerns about the welfare of loved ones while they are in prison.
Services provided by our Halifax criminal lawyer:
- Attendance at court for plea on the charges
- Criminal trials
- Prison advocacy
- Review of prosecution disclosure of evidence
- Sentencing hearings
Our criminal lawyer, Asaf Rashid, who serves Halifax and all of Nova Scotia, also has a background in immigration law. This allows him to advise on how criminal charges and convictions will impact ones immigration status. Book an appointment with our Halifax criminal lawyers today.
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Some helpful questions answered:
At what point should I call a Lawyer?
If you are facing criminal charges in Canada, you should call a criminal lawyer as soon as possible. A Halifax criminal lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, and represent you in court. A lawyer can also advise you on how to deal with the police, the Crown prosecutor, and the judge. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances of getting a fair outcome.
If I am innocent, why do I need a criminal lawyer?
The legal system is complex and you have rights that need to be protected. A criminal lawyer can help you understand the charges against you, the possible consequences, and the best way to defend yourself. A lawyer can also negotiate with the prosecutor, challenge the evidence, and present your side of the story to the judge or jury. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty when charged with any criminal offence. You do not need to prove your innocence, but the prosecutor has to try and prove your guilt. Even if you are innocent, you still need a lawyer to make sure that your innocence is preserved and that you are treated fairly by the law.
What should I do if I am arrested?
If you are arrested in Canada, you have certain rights that you should know and exercise. You have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions from the police. You have the right to contact a lawyer and get legal advice without delay upon being arrested. You have the right to be promptly informed of the reason for your arrest and the charges against you. You have the right to a fair and speedy trial. If arrested, do not say or sign anything the police give you without talking to a Halifax criminal lawyer first.
What is a civil matter?
A civil matter is a breach of someone’s civil rights or interests that is not a criminal offence. For example, discrimination, harassment, defamation, negligence, or breach of contract are civil matters. Violations of civil rights can be challenged in court or through human rights commissions. Depending on the type of violation, the claimant may seek remedies such as compensation, injunctions, declarations, or apologies. Civil matters are governed by federal, provincial, or territorial laws and regulations.
What are the different criminal charges in Canada? Do we have misdemeanors and felonies?
In Canada, there is no such thing as a misdemeanor or felony. Instead, criminal offences are classified into three types: indictable, hybrid and summary. Indictable offences are the most serious and carry higher penalties. Hybrid offences can be prosecuted either as indictable or summary, depending on the circumstances. Summary offences are the least serious and carry lower penalties.
What is bail?
Bail is when someone who is charged with a crime can stay out of jail until their trial. In Canada, bail is also called judicial interim release. Bail is a right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but not everyone gets it. The court decides if someone can get bail or not, based on three things: if they will show up in court, if they are a danger to the public, and if the public trusts the justice system. Sometimes, the court gives bail with conditions, like staying at home or not contacting certain people.
How much do criminal lawyers cost?
If you are facing criminal charges in Halifax, you may need to hire a criminal lawyer to represent you in court. The average cost of a criminal lawyer in Canada depends on several factors, such as the type and complexity of the case, the experience and reputation of the lawyer, and the location and duration of the trial. According to some sources, the average hourly rate for a criminal lawyer in Canada ranges up to $500, but some lawyers may charge more or less depending on the circumstances. Additionally, some lawyers may charge a flat fee for certain types of cases, such as impaired driving or domestic assault. The total cost of a criminal lawyer can vary widely depending on how long the case takes and whether it goes to trial or is resolved by a plea bargain or diversion program. Our criminal lawyers provide legal coaching at a rate of $350/hr +HST, and full representation at $450/hr +HST.
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