Facing criminal charges was not something you expected to happen. Even so, you now find yourself in the position of having to prepare for a court date. You do not have to face this alone or rely on court-appointed counsel. There are Toronto criminal lawyers who will act as your defence and do everything legally possible to make the criminal charges go away. Here are some of the ways that your legal counsel will work on your behalf.
In order to mount a defence, your lawyer will want to know all there is to know about the case. That means reviewing the information that is in the hands of the prosecution, all the police reports, and any other documents that have a bearing on the case. There will also be plenty of conversations with you. The goal is to shed additional light on the data that is already collected. As the lawyer will explain, there may be some minor issue or additional bit of data that changes the impact of one or more of those pieces of existing evidence. The only way to know for sure is to get your take on what has happened, including the events cited within the case against you.
In fact, there is likely to be no aspect of the case that will not receive further scrutiny by your legal counsel. It may be a matter of the timing; perhaps it would be impossible for you to be present at the scene of whatever happened because you were seen elsewhere at that moment. Maybe you were far enough away that it would not be possible to get to the scene, commit the crime, and return to the previous location within the time frame cited in the sworn statements. There may be people who were listed to contact, but were never approached by law enforcement, Your lawyer will likely want to talk with them. Even little things that seem to be of no consequence could take on significance when considered by your legal counsel.
From the moment that the lawyer accepts the case, he or she will be on the lookout for any information that would serve as grounds to seek a dismissal of the case against you. If such information is found and it can be verified, expect your legal counsel to approach the court. If the court agrees, you may be free to go. Remember that even if the court does not dismiss the case, the lawyer findings may strengthen your defence. In this sense, the search for grounds for a dismissal should never be viewed as a futile effort.
The courtroom is not a place where you have a lot of first-hand experience. Understanding that what you see on television and in movies is hardly a realistic depiction, you are not sure what to expect. Rest assured your lawyer will help you prepare for what might happen. Be aware that every suggestion your lawyer makes will have to do with ensuring you make the best possible impression in court. From the way you dress to the way you conduct yourself, the goal is to portray you as the type of person who would never commit the crime involved. Follow your lawyers advice to the letter and there is a better chance of cultivating that perception.
As part of the defence, your lawyer is likely to introduce points that are designed to sow some doubt as to your guilt. The information may expand on points that were already made by the prosecution, but not with the effect that the opposing party intended. Know that the lawyer is dedicated to making sure your side of things is heard in the courtroom and that the narrative is not determined solely by the prosecution. One of the best ways you can support your lawyer is by providing full disclosure at all times, listening to his or her advice, and making sure you conduct yourself above reproach before and during the court sessions. In the end, there is a better chance of beating the charges and getting life back to normal.