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FAQ - Cugelman & Eisen

If you have been charged with a crime in Ontario, or if you have reason to believe you are under suspicion of criminal activity, you no doubt have many questions. Below, we provide some basic answers to common inquiries about defending against criminal charges to get you started in the right direction. Contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer at Cugelman & Eisen for more information.

Do I need a criminal lawyer?

It is not strictly required by law, but as a practical matter the answer is a resounding YES! If you are facing any criminal offence it is essential to receive legal advice from qualified, competent criminal defence counsel at the very earliest opportunity.

How Cugelman & Eisen Can Help You

Starting from your very first consultation, Cugelman & Eisen will help you to understand the predicament you are in, and to provide you with urgent advice regarding how you must conduct yourself going forward; as well as informing you about what to expect, and the possible consequences you are facing. Besides possible fines and prison time, a criminal record often results in serious consequences for other aspects of your life, including prospects for employment and freedom to travel. It is most important to place your case in the hands of an experienced criminal defence attorney who understands the system and can assist you to prepare and present the most effective possible defence. A criminal lawyer is not just your defender at the trial itself. He or she can help you to navigate through police investigations, bail, pre-trial issues and hearings, sentencing where necessary, and plea bargaining negotiations.

How much does a lawyer cost?

Legal fees can vary widely, depending upon the nature of the charges you are facing; the number of court attendances required prior to trial; the time required to prepare for trial; and the length of the trial itself. In many cases, Cugelman & Eisen will be able to provide a block fee quote for all services involved in your case; you will have the advantage of knowing ahead of time what your fees will be. In most cases an initial retainer will be required, the amount of which will depend on the complexity of the case. Cugelman & Eisen offer a free half-hour initial consultation to review your matter with you, after which you will receive an initial quote for fees. You will have time to consider whether retaining the firm is the right choice for you. Keep in mind that with your freedom, your finances, and your reputation on the line, choosing a lawyer should not be based solely on cost, but on the question of which lawyer has the skills, expertise, and experience needed to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for you. You need to choose a lawyer who you can trust, and with whom you can have a comfortable and productive working relationship.

How do I find a criminal lawyer?

There are many criminal defence lawyers in the Barrie community and across Ontario, but that doesn't mean that they are all the same. There are many ways to find the right criminal lawyer for you. Research the lawyer on the Internet. Ask lawyers practicing in other areas of law in the same jurisdiction who they would recommend to defend a criminal charge. Is the lawyer you are considering recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law? Once you have located someone, set up an initial consultation; ask questions about the lawyer's experience handling cases like your own. Be forthright, and honest about your case. You need to be comfortable providing your lawyer with as many facts as possible so that he is in a position to give you meaningful advice; and you need to feel confident in having this person serve as your representative throughout your case.

Cugelman & Eisen: Barrie Criminal Lawyers Who Will Fight For You

The legal team at Cugelman & Eisen has more than 60 years of combined experience in criminal defence, having prepared and argued cases successfully at all levels of the Ontario court system. They have built their practice on hard work, fearless representation, full and open communication with clients, sympathy with their client's plight, and an unwavering dedication to excellence in the field of criminal defence. Today, Cugelman & Eisen is one of the most highly regarded law firms in the Barrie area. They defend all criminal charges including impaired driving, domestic assault, sexual assault, drugs, fraud, firearms, property offences, and homicide cases, to highlight but a few. Bernard Cugelman and Mitchell Eisen spend a great deal of time attending legal conferences and keeping abreast of the latest developments in Canadian criminal law, which are essential to be able to provide the best possible defence for every client. They can assist you through every phase of your criminal case, from police investigations, bail, and pre-trial hearings, to trials, plea negotiations, and appeals. The law offices of Cugelman & Eisen are located at 89 Collier St. Suite 100, Barrie, Ontario L4M 1H2, or they can be reached by calling (866) 715-9413.