They are called “social media” and “public profiles” for a reason.

With the creation of Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and every other content sharing platform our lives went from private to public in nano seconds and we seem to like it.

We share everything from where we are to what were doing and even our opinions. However, social media can be your worst enemy and karma has a long swing on the Internet. Not only are regular people like you and me on social media but, police, lawyers and people in hiring positions.

This example is not from Ottawa but, it shows what you need to worry about. A girl named Emma tweeted about hitting a cyclist with her car and how they deserved it. Turns out the Internet did not agree with her and sent that tweet to the police.  The local police, being on social media, contacted her and made sure she sent a report.

This month we wrote and sent a newsletter talking about social media and how to use/not use it to our clients. If you want this information send us an email at [email protected] and we can send you a pdf or hard copy.

What Makes Auger Hollingsworth Different From Other Criminal Lawyers?

When looking for a criminal defence lawyer to represent you, you may be wondering what sets one criminal lawyer apart from another.  At Auger Hollingsworth, one of the things that distinguishes us from other law firms is the fact that we are leaders in providing free information to the public.

We believe that individuals seeking legal advice should be have access to useful information for free.  Rather than spending hours researching various law firms, visiting numerous websites and trying to distinguish sound legal advice from mere opinion, we provide the public with practical legal information.

If you are facing criminal charges, particularly if this is your first time involved with the criminal process, you are likely overwhelmed and have many questions.  By consulting our website, you will have access to a variety of free resources that will be of help to you.

Our goal is to answer the questions you have, so that you don’t have to speak with many lawyers in order to get the information you are looking for.  On our website you will find a variety of articles about the different issues and questions related to criminal charges.  Our video library and blog also contain useful information about specific situations and types of cases.

One of the best resources we have to offer is a book about the criminal process entitled “Not guilty! Fight and Win your Criminal Case.”  If you have questions about your criminal charges, what to look for in a criminal lawyer, or how the court process works, this book will provide you with the answers.  To get this resource for free,  click here.

This book will answer all of your questions about the criminal process so that you will understand what may lie ahead of you and prepare for a successful defence.

While the free information we provide will go a long way in helping you understand your criminal charges and how the criminal process works, one-on-one personal legal advice will help you even further.  Contact the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your particular case.

Prompt, informative and insightful”

“Richard Auger’s counsel was prompt, informative and insightful. He represented my name and my interests with integrity in a manner that never interfered in my daily life.

Thanks to the law firm of Auger Hollingsworth my case was handled quickly and efficiently without my ever having to set foot in court and all charges were dropped from my record.

I would recommend their services to anyone looking for a speedy and favorable resolution to their specific legal problem.”

(Name withheld by request, Ottawa)

T.W and K. P., Ottawa

“We were very impressed with Brenda’s genuineness and caring nature.”

“As very naive clients and given that it was our first time obtaining the services of a lawyer, we really appreciated Brenda’s patience and all her efforts on our behalf. We always felt comfortable with Brenda and were very impressed with her genuineness and caring nature. We would not hesitate to contact Brenda in the future for any of our legal needs. In fact, we would not even consider anyone else.”

T.W. and K.P.
Ottawa

Avoiding Unnecessary Charges: Refusing to Provide a Breathe Sample

On December 18, 2008 a 29 year old driver was stopped in B.C. for showing symptoms of alcohol impairment.  When the driver was asked to wait several minutes, the driver ran from the scene.

Not too long after, the police dog service found the driver hiding in a nearby residence.  The male was arrested and charged not only for Refusing to Provide a Breathe Sample, but also for Escape Lawful custody, and Break and Enter.

All three charges could have been avoided if the driver had proper legal advice. Being charged with impaired driving and related criminal offences like Over 80 or refusal to blow can cause anxieties, so we have made it our personal mission to inform the public about Drinking and Driving Charges.

The Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth have developed a new book called “Fighting Drinking and Driving Charges” to answer your questions and to equip you with the knowledge and information you need.  The consumer guide is free for a limited time by clicking here.

Essential Information About Commercial Host Liability

There are countless articles and stories about drinking and driving charges, but there are some pieces of information that you might not know.

Did you know that commercial hosts serving alcoholic beverages can be held liable, in addition to the automobile’s owner, for financial losses and obligations in the event of impaired driving leading to a car accident?  If a person serves alcohol to their guests, they are legally obligated to provide responsible drinking.

Did you know that no insurance company in Ontario will pay for collision loss if the driver of the motor vehicle has been charged with impaired driving?  This happens to be a standard exclusion for most insurance companies.  Also, the “Public Legal Liability” of the insurance policy is reduced to a minimum limit of $200,000.

For more information about defending drinking and driving charges, order a copy of Auger Hollingsworth’s new consumer guide: “Fighting Drinking and Driving Charges”.

Forty Under 40 – 2008: Brenda Hollingsworth

We are delighted to announce that Brenda Hollingsworth has been named one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal. Read Brenda’s recipient profile here.

2006 Business Achievement Awards

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We are proud to announce that Auger Hollingsworth was recognized as the Bronze Winners of the 2006 Business Achievement Award in the New Business of the Year category on November 23, 2006. We thank the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Development Bank of Canada who sponsored the award and, of course, our clients whose support and trust are the cause of our success. Download the media release here.