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.

“Richard is a great person and a great lawyer”

“I was really surprised — I didn’t think my case was going to turn out as well as it did. Richard is a great person and a great lawyer. He knows what he is talking about and I would definitely recommend him as a lawyer for other people. The service at the firm was great. All the staff really helped me.”

-William Barr, Ottawa

July 2011

“Very professional yet compassionate”

“I was very pleased with the outcome of [my son’s] case.

I appreciate all of the work that you did. The manner in which you dealt with [my son] and I was very professional yet compassionate. From the first time my son and I met you, we knew that we had made the right choice in retaining you as his lawyer.”

(Name withheld by request), Ottawa
March, 2011

“The service was phenomenal”

“I was extremely happy. All the work and devotion Richard put into my case was amazing. He was great and confident. Overall, I was very impressed. He had positive energy and he knew what he was talking about. The service was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend him – he really worked with all the information that I gave him.”

Cassandra Dufford-Meunier, Ottawa
March 2011

How to be a Good Client during your Ottawa Criminal Defence Case

If you have been charged with a criminal offence and have retained the help of an Ottawa criminal defence lawyer, the next thing you should be aware of is how you can be a good client.  This will help you and your lawyer get the best possible outcome in your case. Being a good client may seem obvious or even unimportant, but it can make all the difference in your lawyer’s ability to properly defend you.

First and foremost, it is important that you are completely honest with your lawyer from the beginning and remain honest throughout your defence.  If you withhold information or provide your lawyer with false information, you will not receive the best defence.  Your relationship with your criminal defence lawyer must be based on honesty.  Trust your lawyer and he or she will do all that is possible to help you with your case.

Also, keep in mind that your lawyer has other clients and responsibilities in addition to your case.  While providing you with a good defence is a priority for your lawyer, it is important that you follow your lawyer’s communication policy. At our firm, we prefer to speak with clients during pre-arranged telephone calls or meetings.  This allows us to focus on the case we are working on without interruption. When your lawyer is preparing for your case, you wouldn’t want him or her to be constantly interrupted with unscheduled phone calls from other clients. Remember this fact before you inundate your lawyer with phone calls every day.

Discussing and planning your case during scheduled phone calls or meetings is much more productive than starting and stopping quick phone calls or answering e-mails throughout the day.  Scheduled communication allows your lawyer to work efficiently and provide you with the best service possible.  If you have a question for your lawyer, you can call their office and speak with a staff member that will likely be able to answer you.  If for some reason they are not able to, they can schedule an appointment for you to meet or speak with your lawyer directly.

Remember that your relationship with your lawyer is reciprocal.  Your lawyer can only provide you with a good defence if you cooperate with the legal process and are forthcoming with information.  In order to receive the best defence and increase your chances of receiving a favourable outcome, trust your lawyer and do all that you can to be a good client.

“His knowledge of the law is second to none”

“I highly recommend Richard. He handled my case with the utmost professionalism. His knowledge of the law is second to none and the way he handles himself in court is faultless. Richard managed to expose sufficient evidence to convince the judge into dismissing the case. I could not be happier with the outcome.”

George Avila, Ottawa
July 2010