Are the Ottawa Police or Ontario Provincial Police Investigating You?

If you are under investigation by the police, you should seek the guidance and advice of an experienced criminal defence lawyer.  Even if you have not yet been charged or arrested, a criminal defence lawyer can provide you with the help you need, even in these early stages.

There are a variety of reasons why the police investigate individuals.  Regardless of the reason why you are being investigated, it is important for you to know your rights.  A criminal defence lawyer can help you to exercise these rights during the investigation.  You should contact a criminal lawyer if any of the following has happened:

  • You have received a warrant for the police to search your home or workplace
  • The police have questioned your friends, family or coworkers about you
  • You think you may be under police surveillance.

The police use many different investigation methods, so if you think you are under investigation, it is in your best interest to contact a criminal defence lawyer who can further advise you.

It is important to remember that a criminal defence lawyer is there to defend you.  This means that even if charges have not yet been laid, your lawyer may be able to help you avoid arrest and charges altogether.  If you are charged with a crime, your lawyer will have been there from the beginning and will already be abreast of the details of your case.

Hiring a criminal defence lawyer is a means of protecting yourself, and is not an admission of guilt.  Don’t wait until you are charged with a criminal offence to hire a lawyer.  Retaining the services of an experienced criminal defence lawyer as soon as you are investigated by the police will be a source of assurance and protection.



Crown Attorney Abandons Sexual Assault Case

Richard was co-counsel on a jury trial for sexual assault, involving significant pre-trial work up and investigation to obtain records and other evidence to discredit the complainant. Based largely on Richard’s pre-trial preparation, senior counsel was able to discredit the complainant at the beginning of the trial. The Crown attorney abandoned the prosecution shortly after the trial started. Location: Toronto, Ontario.

Hiring an Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer

We read an interesting blog post today from a Miami criminal defence lawyer , Brian Tannebaum, who writes about the client who knows he/ she is under investigation but is unsure whether or not to hire a criminal defence lawyer.  The client is concerned that hiring a criminal lawyer will make him / her “look guilty”.  Brian Tannebaum’s insightful response is that you already do look guilty, at least to the police.  So, why not deal with it responsibly by hiring a criminal defence lawyer to assist you?

At Auger Hollingsworth, we get questions like that all the time from prospective clients.  The strangest variation of this question is whether or not hiring a GOOD criminal lawyer will make the client look guilty.  Our answer?  No it just makes you look smart.

If you are under investigation, speak to a criminal defence lawyer BEFORE charges are laid.  Your chances of avoiding charges increases and your anxiety level decreases if you have a lawyer stick handling for you.  Knowledge is power.  Get an expert to teach you what to expect.

One thing we know from experience, virtually no-one under investigation “talks” himself or herself out of trouble.

The Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth  can assist you with the pre-charge stage if you contact our office.  To schedule a meeting with an experienced criminal defence lawyer, call us at 613-233-4529 or email [email protected]