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Dahlem Criminal Defence lawyers will guide you through the criminal justice system.

The criminal justice system is a complex and ever-changing web of courts, police forces, judges, prosecutors, federal and provincial governments, all of which is administered by individuals with their own ideas and opinions. First and foremost, Dahlem Criminal Defence is your guide through the process. We use five steps to navigate the criminal justice process:

1. Collect All Information

The prosecution must provide you and your lawyer full disclosure. This is all relevant information in the possession of the state. It includes police notes, video, radio logs… anything relevant.

We will obtain as detailed a statement from you as you can remember.

We will find potential witnesses, including people not interviewed by the police, and we will find out what they know. You need to tell us about anything you think can help you.

2. Assess Your Charges

No matter what criminal charge you are facing, you have a defence.

Once all the information is available, we will assess whether there is a reasonable likelihood of conviction.

3. Decide Your Best Strategy

There are many resolutions that are not guilty pleas. There are guilty pleas to lesser offences and other ways of proceeding that lower your risk of conviction, and your risk of serious consequences to your life.

We will discuss with you the many possible strategies and advise you on how you should proceed.

4. Choose Your Path of Defence

Resolution, Negotiation or Trial.

Are you going to plead not guilty and have a trial? Or are you going to resolve the matter in some other fashion?

Resolution and Negotiation are often better options than a Trial. A trial has many risks, and it is not always the best way to proceed.

We will do everything possible to put you in the most favourable position possible, without need of a trial.

5. Going to Trial

If your situation cannot be resolved by Resolution or Negotiation, then you have to go to court. The outcome of a trial is not guaranteed, because the final decision on your case is up to the judge (or the jury). 

Dahlem Criminal Defence has conducted hundreds of trials, from mischief to murder, with a great deal of success for clients. We will work with you from the moment you hire us to put you in the best position possible for a “not guilty” verdict at the end of a trial.

If a trial is your best option, we have the experience to get you the best outcome.