Murder Acquittal a Rare Event for Ottawa Court

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – A murder acquittal can be difficult to obtain in any Canadian courtroom, and it’s particularly tough here in Ottawa.

That’s why I noted with interest the story of Mahmoud Kayem, who was acquitted of murder by a jury in an Ottawa courtroom on September 26.

Crown prosecutors had alleged that the 25-year-old Kayem assisted his friend Nawaf Al-Enzi in planning and carrying out the murder of another member of their gang. But in a surprising split verdict, the jury found Al-Enzi guilty and freed Kayem of the charges against him.

Both men had been in prison for about two years. Following the verdict, Kayem was released from custody. Enzi, however, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will not be eligible for parole until 25 years from now.

Here in Ottawa, murder acquittals are rare. In October of 2005, I was successful in having one of my clients acquitted of murder charges. At that time, it had been seven years since anybody had been acquitted of murder charges in Ottawa.

If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter, or a related criminal offence in Ontario, it’s critical that you get expert legal advice from a lawyer with experience in these cases. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone (613) 233-4529.

How Can I Improve my Sentence:

Sometimes, no matter how good your criminal defence lawyer is, you end up with a finding of guilt or a plea of guilt and a sentencing hearing is required.    Sentencing in Ottawa is a very important part of your case and should not be treated as an afterthought.

Where sentencing is likely or possible, our criminal defence lawyers will work with you to help build a strong case for a lenient sentence.   A key component of the sentencing package is reference letters.

We work with our clients to devise a list of people who can provide personal letters of reference on your behalf.   Typically these letters come from members of your community, religious institution, employer, neighbors, teachers or anyone else who is prepared to tell the court that you are a person of integrity who should be sentenced lightly.    Note that we would never contact anyone for a reference letter without your express consent and instructions.

Generally,  the letters of support set out the following:

-who the writer is in terms of occupation and family status

-a description of the writer’s connection to the accused person

-the fact that the writer is aware of the charges; and

-a description of a number of the accused person’s positive personal attributes (such as hard working, honest, a reliable worker, etc.).

The letter should include the writer’s contact information.

A package of supportive letters from people of good reputation in the community can go a long way to assisting your Ottawa criminal lawyers in making strong submissions on sentence.

Criminal Lawyer Ottawa: The Initial Consultation

Charged with a criminal offence? Take advantage of the free consultation offered by most criminal defence lawyers before deciding how you are going to handle the situation. At the initial consultation, the criminal lawyer will be able to explain:

  • the process,
  • how long it will take,
  • the types of defences that may be available to you,
  • what should be expected in the disclosure and
  • what range of sentence is possible if you were to plead guilty or be convicted of the charges, or any one of them.

Having this information is crucial to making a decision about whether or not to hire a lawyer and fight the charges.

However, at the initial consultation it is unlikely that an experienced criminal defence lawyer will be able to tell you if they can get the charges withdrawn or secure an acquittal. At the initial consultation stage, the lawyer will not have the disclosure, which is the Crown’s evidence. Some of the disclosure may be helpful to you. Other aspects of the disclosure may not be helpful. Until the defence lawyer has access to this information, it is unlikely that the lawyer will be able to give you an opinion.

The bottom line? Before you speak to the Crown or plead guilty to your charges, get the basic advice available at an initial free consultation so that you can make an informed decision on your case.

Credit Card Fraud Rockland Ontario – Four men were arrestted for fraud on August 12, 2009 in Rockland Ontario

Ontario Provincial Police attended at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Rockland, Ontario on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 following complaints that a customer was trying to use a suspect credit card to make a purchase.

The customer had previously already left the Shoppers, but police located the vehicle at Wal-Mart on Richelieu Street in Rockland.  The man, and three others, were arrested.

Charges have been laid against one of the four men including:  possession and use of a stolen credit card, forging documents, and possession of property obtained by crime.

Fraud charges can be very serious.  If you or a family member has been charged with fraud, you should contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer.

Ottawa Criminal Lawyer Gets Acquittal after Trial

Mr. Justice Wake acquitted a youth today after a two-day criminal trial for dangerous driving in the Ontario Court of Justice.  Ottawa defence lawyer Richard Auger skillfully cross-examined the Crown’s witnesses, leaving the judge with reasonable doubt about whether an offence had been committed.  The young person accused of dangerous driving was delighted with the result.

If you have been charged with dangerous driving or a related offence, you could face a criminal record.  Speak with an experienced criminal defence lawyer before you decide what to do about your crimnal charges.  Contact Ottawa Criminal Defence lawyers here.