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If you’ve been charged with a crime in Ottawa, your best hope for keeping your record clean is to secure qualified legal counsel— that means hiring a criminal lawyer immediately.

Finding the Right Criminal Defence Lawyer in Ottawa

When looking over the available criminal attorneys in your area, don’t go for the first one on the page, and certainly don’t go for one based on price alone. Sometimes a little judicious searching is required, and most of the time you get what you pay for.

Ask a few questions. Does the lawyer you are considering have expertise in the area of law that you need? Criminal law is a highly specialized area, so it is vital to secure the services of someone who has specific experience with criminal defense; you may need to be willing to spend a little more to get professional, experienced, effective counsel. Brand new lawyers with no experience may be entertaining in the movies, but that’s about the only place. Just as you would want a mechanic with years of experience to handle your car trouble, you want a lawyer with years of experience to handle your case. Experience means that the lawyer has already appeared numerous times in the local court system, with other lawyers and before Crown attorneys and judges. This level of familiarity and expertise can be invaluable when it comes to plea deals or other arrangements designed to help your case.

Once you find a lawyer who meets these criteria, then dig a little deeper. Trust is everything when securing legal counsel. The more information you can find about a lawyer, the more you can feel comfortable entrusting him or her with your case, your reputation, and possibly your freedom.

Does this lawyer seem like a confident expert in criminal law? For example, is there information on the lawyer’s website that is of use to you? Have they authored articles online or in print? Contact local legal organizations and find out if the lawyer belongs to any of them. If so, are they a member in good standing? Look up online archives for your local newspapers; has this lawyer handled high-profile cases or received other publicity in the course of his work?

What About Fees?

When you’re choosing a lawyer to represent you, by all means ask about his or her rates, but resist the urge to bargain hunt. Your freedom may be on the line and it will be worthwhile to invest in the best that the Ottawa legal system has to offer.

Incidentally, when you contact a lawyer about representation, don’t be discouraged if they cannot meet with you immediately. A good criminal lawyer is a busy criminal lawyer, so a little delay in arranging a meeting is actually a good thing.

Engel & Associates, Ottawa Criminal Lawyers

For over two decades, Bruce Engel has been one of the preeminent criminal lawyers in the Ottawa area, bringing his expertise and professionalism to literally hundreds of different cases. He is committed to going the extra mile for each of his clients, and doing what is necessary to mount the most effective criminal defense possible.

Engel & Associates are trusted experts in criminal defense in Ottawa and the surrounding communities. They are located at 116 Lisgar St. Suite 210 Ottawa, ON K2P 0C2, and they may be reached by calling (866) 762-9250.