If I am Being Audited by the Canada Revenue Agency, Do I Need a Lawyer?

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Tax evasion in Ontario is complicated in that you won’t be charged right away for an alleged offence. First, a national crown corporation called the Canada Revenue Agency will conduct an audit or investigation of your tax information in order to determine whether tax evasion may have actually taken place.

One common question we hear is: “Do I need to get help from a criminal defence lawyer if I am being audited or investigated for an Ontario tax evasion offence?”

That’s a tricky question to answer because charges have not necessarily been laid yet. Why hire a criminal lawyer if you are not facing any charges under the Criminal Code of Canada? I wrote a new article to explain why you absolutely should get a criminal defence lawyer’s help at this stage in the process.

One mistake people make is that they believe their accountant can help them. This can be a fatal error. I have seen cases where the client’s accountant is forced to testify against the client.

You can read it here on the site: Canada Revenue Agency Investigations and Hiring an Ontario Criminal Lawyer.

An audit or investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency is to be taken seriously – it can be just as complex and stressful as many criminal investigations. Why not take some of the burden off of your own shoulders and let a top criminal lawyer help you fight the accusations early on?

If you are being investigated or audited by the Canada Revenue Agency for possible tax evasion, you need to get legal help from an Ontario criminal defence lawyer sooner rather than later. For more information, contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

Choosing an Ontario Criminal Defence Lawyer

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – Searching for a great criminal defence lawyer – one who’s just right to represent you in your unique legal case – is a daunting task.

At Auger Hollingsworth, we are always committed to helping make that search easier. If we are unable to handle your case ourselves, it’s because there is another lawyer who would be better suited for the area of your charges. We’ll always be honest about that, and are happy to provide a referral that will help you find the best fit.

Our new article, Hiring a Criminal Defence Layer: 10 Useful Tips, provides you with the basic checklist anyone should arm themselves with before starting to search for a criminal defence lawyer.

If you are facing Ontario criminal charges and ready to start searching for a criminal defence lawyer, don’t stop at reading our articles – get in touch with us for a free consultation on your case! For more information, please contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at 613-233-4529.

Hiring an Ontario Criminal Defence Lawyer: Eight Useful Tips

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – If you’ve been charged with an Ontario criminal offence, choosing a lawyer to represent you can be tough. This is especially true given the stress and anxiety you’re already experiencing.

We can make that decision easier. Before you hire a criminal defence lawyer, ask yourself the following ten questions:

1.      How many years has the lawyer been representing people with your type of case?

Make sure that the lawyer you’re considering has experience in the legal area of your charges. For example, if you’ve been charged with Impaired Driving, Auger Hollingsworth is a natural choice for legal counsel due to Richard’s many years handling a wide variety of driving offence cases.

2.      How much experience does the firm have in the exact court where your case is pending?

If you’re being tried in Ottawa, get a criminal defence lawyer such as Richard Auger who knows the Ottawa court: the judges, the prosecutors, and what to expect. The same rule applies if you live in Smith’s Falls, Peterborough, or anywhere else in Ontario.

3.      How many lawyers work together at the firm?

At Auger Hollingsworth, we recognize the value of cooperation and multiple inputs on any given case. That’s why we have three lawyers who collaborate to achieve the best results. To get the best results for your case, this is often a better option than hiring a lawyer who works alone.

4.      Is the lawyer accessible?

If you have to leave lots of phone messages with your lawyer and you’re not hearing back, that’s a bad sign. At Auger Hollingsworth we pride ourselves on promptly returning calls from our clients, and invite them to check in on case progress at any time.

5.      Does the firm care about YOUR side of the story?

The lawyer you choose should request from you a statement of case, a social history, and details on who your witnesses are. Auger Hollingsworth will work hard to gather all the facts from your end of the case – and anyone who doesn’t should not be the lawyer you hire to represent you.

6.      Can the firm provide impressive testimonials?

The best way to find out about a firm’s client treatment and results is by checking out their client testimonials, like the ones we have on our own Testimonials page.

7.      Does the lawyer make guarantees about your outcome?

It’s not smart to hire a lawyer who does – such guarantees are frowned upon by North American bar associations and most lawyers. At Auger Hollingsworth we promise we will do our best to achieve your desired results, but will not guarantee a win in any criminal case.

8.      How much will the lawyer charge for services?

Make sure you hire a lawyer who will enter into a retainer agreement, outlining the exact amount that will be paid.

Have you been charged with an Ontario criminal defence? Speaking with a lawyer is a great first step – even if he or she doesn’t take on your case, they can refer you to someone who might. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.