We understand that you may be going through a difficult time when looking for a lawyer and we want to make that process a little easier. The Criminal Law Team has created a Frequently Asked Questions page that can help you get the answers to help ease your mind. Feel free to call us for a free consultation at 416-550-6554.
1What do I do if the police contacts me to speak about an alleged criminal offence?
There are times when a police officer or someone claiming to be the police may contact you. It is important to seek legal advice first whether they claim to be investigating you or charging you with a crime. This is because anything you say can and will be used against you, even if they claim it won’t, and you will not be able to take it back.
By working with our lawyers in The Criminal Law Team, we will discuss your situation and communicate with the officer or member of the police unit to determine what your are being charged with or investigate for, and whether you should have any further communication with the police.
If the police has already attempted to make contact with you, now is an important time to seek the help of an experienced criminal lawyer to help protect your freedom. Before you do or say anything, call Stephen Hebscher directly at 416-550-6554 to discuss your situation.
2Am I allowed to have a lawyer present during the interrogation process?
While there aren’t any laws that allow for you to have a criminal lawyer present during an interrogation, you do have the right to speak with a lawyer before any questioning period.
Once you are in the interrogation room, the police are allowed to question you for as long as they feel it is necessary and they are allowed to question you on a variety of topics. Remember, anything that you say can and will be used against you, which is why it is important to first speak with an experienced criminal lawyer that will fight to protect your freedom.
Call us at 416-550-6554 to speak to Stephen before going to the police station and before in any way discussing the matter with the police. We know how to assess your specific situation and will train you on how to deal with particular police interrogation techniques that they will use to try and get you to answer their questions.
3What are the chances that I'll be released if I am arrested?
While many situations result in a suspect being released from a police station without going to court, your results may vary based on the severity of your charges, your criminal record and whether they believe you will show up to court if released. If the police choose not to release you, they will bring you to court for a bail hearing.
If you have been charged or arrested, now is an important time to speak with a lawyer at The Criminal Law Team, so that we can discuss your case in great detail. We will also speak to the commanding officer to ask for your release and make sure that you do not do anything to incriminate yourself. Call us day or night at 416-550-6554 to speak with our lawyers immediately.
4Do I need a lawyer if I don't think my charges are serious?
While you may think that the charges that are laid out against you are minor, they can end with you facing serious consequences and punishments if you are found guilty. It is important to remember that a guilty charge results in a criminal record that will negatively affect your ability to find employment and will limit your ability to travel for the rest of your life.
Even traveling down south to the United States border is problematic for anyone with a crminal history, even a conditional charge, which is why it is in your best interest to speak with The Criminal Law Team right now.
When you call us, you can rest assured that we will fight for the best result. If you’ve been charged with a crime, no matter how minor or serious it may be, call us at 416-550-6554 to speak with Stephen. We offer a free consultations and are ready to help you.
5What are your rates?
As each client’s case is unique, the cost of our services will vary from client to client. Just as a plumber would have to inspect the damage of the plumbing, The Criminal Law Team will need to sit down with you to review your case and the factors that will determine getting you the justice that you deserve.
We need to understand the seriousness of the allegations and what your goals are, to determine what steps we need to take for your defence. Based on whether we assume the matter can be resolved before trial, or whether it has to go to tried, we are usually able to give you an estimated range of price to represent you. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence, or believe you may be charged, call us at 416-550-6554 for a free consultation with Stephen.
6Are you able to take my case if I have been denied legal aid?
If you have been denied Legal Aid, it is important to know that The Criminal Law Team is here to help. It also doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot afford our fees. We understand that our clients may have certain financial circumstances that would favour payment plans and we are willing to make accommodations to help you.
There are also certain cases in which we may be able to bring an Application on your behalf that would order the funding for your defence. If you have been denied Legal Aid or believe that you cannot afford a lawyer, call us at 416-550-6554 to see how we can help.
7Do I need a lawyer if I have no defense?
Even if you believe that you are guilty or you have no defence, it is important to have an experienced lawyer defending your charges. An experienced lawyer with expertise can help you find available defences that may have no been made aware of to you. We may also find that your Charter Rights and Freedoms may have been violated, as well as any mental health issues that may be helpful in your case.
Even if we determine that you have no defence, we still may be able to obtain a result for you where you do not have a permanent criminal record. If you’ve been charged, call us at 416-550-6554 to discuss your case directly with Stephen.
8Can you represent a friend or a family member with a mental illness or addiction issues?
Any time a family member is going through a criminal matter, it can be a very difficult time, not only for them, but for their friends and family members. With over 32 years of experience alone, Stephen Hebscher has represented clients with mental health and addiction issues. Stephen’s usual practice is to have the client assessed to determine whether the client’s issues were a factor in the commission of the offences. We have access to mental health and addiction professionals who can provide support and counseling to our clients, as well as progress reports to the court. We provide support, treatment, counseling, and the expertise to obtain the best possible result in the circumstances. Most importantly, we recognize that treating mental illness or addiction will allow the client and his family to get the help they need so they can move on with their lives. If you or your loved one has been charged, and has a mental illness or an addiction, call us at 416-550-6554 to discuss your case confidentially with Stephen. We are here to help and to get results!
9Can you help me if I've been accused of a sexual offence?
Sexual offences carry with them severe penalties and consequences that include, but are not limited to, lengthy prison sentences and registration as a sex offender. If you have been charged with a sexual offence, it is important to call The Criminal Law Team immediately. Stephen Hebscher has over 32 years of experience representing individuals charged with sexual offences, including sexual assault, sexual interference, child pornography and internet-related offences. Many of these cases come down to credibility, and we have many resources available to us that will greatly assist us in defending the charges against you. In the present political climate, where the presumption of innocence is being eroded with respect to sexual offences, it is all the more important that you have an experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side. Call us immediately at 416-550-6554 to discuss your case confidentially with Stephen.