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Summary offences are less serious criminal matters such as assaults and uttering threats. More often then not, impaired driving offences also fall into this category.
Experienced counsel can help you properly assess your options if charged with one of these offences. Knowing your legal rights and when and how to exercise them, is often the difference between acquittal and conviction.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, call the law firm of Empel Law for top quality legal representation.
Indictable offences are more serious crimes, such as murder or trafficking in high volume narcotics. Though the procedure is somewhat similar as that of summary offences, it almost always brings with it a number of additional hearing and disclosure issues. An experienced lawyer can poke holes in the case that the Crown Attorney’s have built and can bring about the best result possible under the circumstances.
Due to the increasing complexity of criminal proceedings, a lot of time can pass between a charge being laid, and the trying of the said case in a court of law. During this time the accused will be released on either an undertaking to the police, or a recognizance entered into in front of a court of law.
An experienced lawyer can mean the difference between waiting for the trial in custody or in your own home. Furthermore, they can negotiate to most favorable conditions of release.
In 2018 the federal government introduced sweeping new changes to offences related to drinking and driving. These laws effectively broaden what is considered an impaired driving offence, and give police greater powers to investigate all such offences.