The consequences of a conviction can be severe. Until you know the short, and long term, effects on every aspect of your life, a guilty plea would be a serious mistake.
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The Consequences of a Conviction Can Be Severe
Understand the Penalties and Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
Once you plead guilty, you will be convicted of the offence with which you have been charged. Do not say a thing without first speaking to one of our experienced criminal lawyers.
Our lawyers will ensure that you make the best decision for you by:
Clearly setting out your options, and
Making sure that you understand all of the possible penalties and consequences of a conviction.
Pleading guilty is not your only option. Let one of our criminal experts help you today.
The sentence is just the beginning
Many people facing criminal charges assume that because they were charged, they will likely be convicted so they might as well plead guilty. This is the wrong attitude to have! Just because you made a mistake, does not mean that you deserve the harsh penalties that will be imposed on you if you plead guilty.
Most people who plead guilty without the advice of a lawyer, do so without a complete understanding of what they are getting themselves into. If you plead guilty, a judge will determine an appropriate sentence or punishment, which may include any combination of a fine, a jail sentence and probation. But don’t think that once you have paid your fine or served your time in jail that this ordeal is behind you. This is just the beginning.
There are long-term effects of a having criminal record
There are financial and social consequences of a criminal conviction that can last much longer than your jail term, maybe even for the rest of your life. Having a criminal record comes with its own set of consequences, which can include:
Losing a job, professional licence or work opportunities,
The inability to travel to certain countries,
Deportation, if you are an immigrant in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen.
Other possible consequences include:
The loss of privileges such as driving privileges or firearm possession privileges, and
The seizure of property that was used in the commission of specific offences, including your home or your vehicle.
In order to make an informed decision about your case, you need to know all of the likely outcomes of a conviction in your specific circumstances. This requires the advice of a criminal law expert. One of our lawyers will be happy to take your call today.
What your lawyer can do to help
One of our dedicated professionals will help to minimize the costs and penalties that you face. You might have a full defence to the charges against you. Or your lawyer may be able to have a key piece of evidence against you excluded from use in your trial, which could result in the charges being dismissed.
If you and your lawyer decide that going to trial is not your best option, there is still much your lawyer can do to improve your situation. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea-bargain and have the charges against you (and the resulting penalties) reduced to something less serious.
You truly have nothing to lose by contacting one of our criminal law experts today. Get the help you need to protect your freedom and your future.
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