Resolving Criminal Charges

Resolving Criminal Charges


Diversion or Alternative Measure Programs, Extra Judicial Measures

Alternative Measure Programs

Requirements in the diversion program vary, ranging from apology letters, community service, and modest charitable donations. If Maureen Currie is able to facility getting you accepted into Alternative Measures and you successfully complete the program, the charges will be withdrawn. This means that you get to keep a clean criminal record and avoid the expense and embarrassment of a trial.

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Dismissal or Stay of
Proceedings

Dismissal or Stay of Proceedings

If a charge is dismissed at trial or if crown counsel (the prosecutor) decides at some time prior to trial following a meeting with your counsel to enter a stay of proceedings (terminate the charge), there will be no criminal record. Sometimes, and in certain circumstances, we can persuade crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings or withdraw the charge prior to trial – even where the Crown initially refused to do so.

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Peace Bond

 

Peace Bond

On occasion, crown counsel will agree to an accused person entering a peace bond when that person has been charged with a minor offence such as a minor assault, threatening, etc. The accused is placed on various conditions for a maximum period of one year.

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Guilty Plea

Guilty Plea

You should never plead guilty to an offence without carefully considering the matter and the alternatives with an experienced criminal lawyer. If you do decide to plead guilty, we may be successful in obtaining an absolute or conditional discharge in certain circumstances – depending upon the nature of the offences

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Trial Lawyer

Trial Lawyer

No case is too big or too small; she takes cases where she believes that she can help people get justice. Maureen Currie has over 28 years of trial experience. She prides herself on providing high quality representation and works hard for all of her clients.

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Getting Your Charges Withdrawn

Getting Your Charges Withdrawn

In the right circumstances we can have a meeting with the Crown Attorney and explain the situation and why you were in appropriately charged or why this matter should not be before the criminal courts. In such cases the charges can be completely withdrawn and the criminal process will end.

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Arrest and Right to Silence

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, or the police have called you in for questioning – get legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer immediately.

It is generally not a good idea to give up the right to silence until or unless you have retained legal counsel.

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Search and Seizure

Do you believe that law enforcement officers have wrongfully interfered with your rights?

Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms you are protected against arbitrary and unreasonable exercises of police power – as in illegal searches or unlawful intrusion into your privacy.

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