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FAQs

Wouldn’t it be less expensive for me to hire a non-criminal lawyer?

Lawyers practice in different areas of law. At Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence we only practice criminal law. This is important because we understand the criminal court system; we are familiar with Crown prosecutors and the Judges. It is imperative that you have a lawyer that understands criminal law and also that you have a lawyer that defends criminal cases.

How much do your services cost?

At Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence we provide the client with a variety of fee structures that best suits you and your finances. We will request a retainer from you in the range of $750-$3000 depending on which lawyer you wish to hire. We will find the best fit for you and we can then assist with a payment plan depending on how your charges progress. Some of our lawyers will consider dealing with your charges on Legal Aid if you qualify.

I know I won’t get jail time, so why should I hire a criminal lawyer?

The importance of a criminal lawyer is to ensure that your rights are protected within the court system. It is often important to our clients not to have a criminal record even though they may not go to jail if convicted. If a criminal record is important to you then call us.

How often do you make court appearances?

We attend all the court appearances for our clients once we are retained. We will have you sign a Designation of Counsel so we can appear on your behalf and you do not have to attend. The only time we will ask you to come to court is when the judge directs it or when there is a trial or a resolution. Often your charges may be adjourned so that we can ensure we have all the disclosure (the evidence against you) or to have resolution discussions with the Crown prosecutor.

How quickly can my case be resolved?

Your case could be resolved as early as 2 to 3 months and take as long as 2 years depending on the complexity. Depending on how quickly we can get the disclosure (the evidence against you) from the Crown we can start the process of negotiation. Some cases can resolve relatively quickly while others may be complicated and require lengthy negotiations with the Crown. We will tell you what you can do to facilitate the quickest possible resolution.

How often will I hear from you?

We will update you as to how your charges are progressing. We will review your disclosure (the evidence against you) and meet with you to give you a thorough and detailed legal opinion. We will devise a plan so that we can strategically and successfully defend the charges against you. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

Who will be handling my case?

At  Roulston Urquhart Defence Firm the lawyer you hired will be handling your case. That lawyer will be reviewing the disclosure (the evidence against you), negotiating with the crown, conducting resolution or trial.

The benefit of being a client of our firm is that we have five lawyers that will often collaborate on your file to ensure you have the best outcome. Another benefit is that at times we may utilize a junior lawyer for minor tasks to avoid high legal costs.

But rest assured the lawyer you hired is the lawyer that will be conducting your file.

Should I give a statement to the police?

Generally we may advise the client not to give a statement to police. This is because when you give a statement to the police you do not have the entire story as to what the allegations are against you. The client is often in a high stress situation and it’s simply trying to tell his or her side of the story but does not have the full picture. This can put you in a dangerous position because you’re not able to think it through and answer thoroughly. Any omission or mistake or lack of detail could be used against you later. We will assess your situation and give you an honest opinion as to whether you should give a statement to police.

Do I have to go to trial?

The lawyers at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence will try to resolve your matter and negotiate with the Crown for a favourable outcome without the need for a trial. We will exhaust all avenues to try to resolve your matter to your satisfaction before having a trial. If you have to go to trial, rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned and will prepare you to ensure that you have the best possible outcome and put you in the best position to win.

I’ve been charged – what do I do?

Contact us immediately and we will review the process with you and tell you exactly what you need to do to start protecting yourself.

Do not make any statements to anyone without legal advice, write down what occurred, save all text, Instagram, Facebook messages, emails and ensure they are in a secure place either on iCloud or emailed to yourself. Write down any witnesses to the event that may assist you.

We will have a meeting with you and review the process and strategically advise you what the next steps are so that you can start putting yourself in the best position to defend these charges successfully.

What areas of criminal law are you most experienced with?

The lawyers at Roulston Urquhart Criminal Defence Firm have experience in all areas of criminal law. Most significantly we have experience with very serious charges that could have an impact on your employment, personal relationships and your liberty. These include sexual assault, domestic assaults, harrassement, internet offences, firearm offences, drug offences etc. We also are very experienced in Charter violations that may have occurred while you were under arrest or being investigated.