While there are a number of Ontario criminal lawyers offering their services to potential clients, it can be difficult to find a criminal defence lawyer who is passionate about the law. You want to hire a lawyer who is passionate about criminal law and who is continually studying and learning more about the law. You want to look for a lawyer who spends time staying up to date on the evolution of the law and whose knowledge of criminal law is current. If a lawyer does not spend time reading important law journals and studying the law they are likely not passionate about their work and are probably not going to be the best lawyer to represent you.
One way to assess a lawyer’s commitment to the law is to find out if they have made any contributions to legal publications or if they have written their own books or booklets about the law. The best lawyers are those who have put time into researching developments in the law and in educating the general public. If a lawyer has been involved in publishing legal information, they are likely invested in their work and are passionate about criminal law. Additionally, a lawyer committed to helping people who have been charged with a criminal offence, should provide a variety of information on their website aimed at informing the public. Things like “frequently asked questions” sections on their website or regular blog posts and online articles can indicate a lawyer’s commitment to the law.
A lawyer’s commitment to the law can also be seen in their involvement with the media. If a lawyer has been asked by the media, whether on the radio, television or newspaper, to comment about a legal issue it is a sign that they are a good lawyer. If a criminal defence lawyer feels confident enough to speak knowledgeably about a particular legal issue on the radio or on television, they are likely going to have the confidence necessary to handle your case. It means that they are informed on current legal issues and that they are comfortable speaking about the law in a variety of ways, not only in the courtroom, but to the general public as well.
Here are a few questions you might want to ask a lawyer when trying to decide whether to hire them or not:
1. Have you written any recent books or articles?
2. What legal journals do you read regularly?
3. What kind of free information do you offer to the public and potential clients?
4. Have you ever been involved in commenting on legal issues in the media?
If you are looking to hire an Ontario criminal defence lawyer to work on your case, make sure that you consider their level of commitment to the law and their passion about the field of criminal law in particular. The criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are committed to providing excellent legal representation for their clients. Contact them for a free consultation to discuss your case.