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FAQ - Hobson & Reeve

If you have been arrested, or if you believe you are under investigation for alleged criminal activity, you no doubt have questions. Criminal lawyers Dennis Reeve and David Hobson work with cases like yours every day, and here will seek to provide answers to some common questions.

Am I going to jail?

Not necessarily. You may be able to seek release on bail while your case is awaiting trial. If you are convicted, your sentence will depend upon the offence, the nature of the offence, and your prior criminal record, among other things. Potential penalties for many criminal charges can be found in the Criminal Code Of Canada. One of the best ways to avoid or minimize jail time is by retaining qualified, competent legal counsel.

What if I end up with a criminal record?

A criminal record can impact your life in many ways. You may lose your job or be denied employment opportunities in the future. Educational opportunities may be limited as well. Your right to travel may be restricted. Due to the serious consequences that come with a criminal record, it is important to enlist experienced criminal defence counsel to assist you in your case.

Why am I being fingerprinted?

The Identification Of Criminals Act of 1985 allows the police to collect fingerprints and photographs of persons charged with a criminal offence prior to trial. If you are acquitted, you may apply to have those records destroyed.

Can I fight a criminal charge by myself?

Representing yourself is generally not advisable. The legal system can be complex and confusing—as defence lawyer Dennis Reeve puts it, “a mine field.” A criminal lawyer will consider every aspect of your case, guide you through the procedures, and defend you more effectively than you could on your own.

What is a peace bond?

This is a promise that is enforceable under the Criminal Code. The subject of the bond makes a promise to remain on good behavior and obey other terms and restrictions ordered by a judge for a period of up to twelve months. Peace bonds typically involve restriction of contact with certain persons, restrictions on attending certain locations, as well as restrictions on the possession of firearms and ammunition.

What is a bail hearing?

Every person accused of a crime in Canada has a right to be considered for release on bail while awaiting trial. Bail hearings are generally held within 24 hours of the arrest.
The lawyers at Hobson & Reeve have over 60 years of combined experience in criminal law, and have worked hard to establish a reputation as formidable opponents in court, as well as effective negotiators when it comes to plea bargains. David Hobson and Dennis Reeve both have served as Crown Attorneys as well as criminal defence lawyers, and this perspective helps them to protect their clients’ rights and craft the best defence on behalf of each client. They are committed to putting their years of experience to work for you. Their offices are located at 34 Eagle Street, Newmarket, Ontario, L3Y 1J1, or they can be reached by calling (866) 815-2745.