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Frequently Asked Questions

Someone I know has been arrested and called me from jail for help. What should I do?

It is very important that a lawyer be retained to represent this person as soon as possible. Everyone who is arrested is entitled to be brought before a Justice of the Peace ("JP") within 24 hours and it is important that good legal advice is obtained before this initial appearance before the JP. Go to Bail Hearings for more information about what Sitar & Milczarek can do for your friend or loved one who is currently in custody.

I think the police might be investigating me for a criminal offence. What do I do?

You should contact a lawyer immediately to ensure you are fully apprised of the investigative techniques often used by law enforcement to gather evidence of past or ongoing offences. Sitar & Milczarek is regularly contacted by individuals before any criminal charges are laid and these consultations often greatly assist our clients in mounting successful defences in the future. If you are concerned that you are being investigated, call Sitar & Milczarek to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

The police have called me and asked me to come in for questioning. What should I do?

You should advise the police that you wish to contact a lawyer before meeting with them. You need to be fully advised of your rights and it is imperative that you do this prior to meeting with law enforcement whenever possible – this ensures you have sufficient time to have all of your questions answered. Sitar & Milczarek frequently meets with individuals before charges are laid in order to provide advice and to engage in discussions with law enforcement on behalf of our clients. If you have been contacted by a police officer, call Sitar & Milczarek for assistance.

I have been charged with a criminal offence but I think I will just represent myself. I am guilty and I have been told by friends that I can just pay a fine.

Just as you would never perform your own heart surgery, you should never represent yourself in a criminal courtroom. Lawyers are educated and experienced professionals who can ensure your interests are properly protected in the judicial system. Even if you just wish to plead guilty, our lawyers can often negotiate with the Crown Attorney to ensure you avoid a criminal record. Alternatively, our lawyers are often able to conduct a successful defence and obtain acquittals for our clients – even when our clients believe they will be convicted of the offence. Our lawyers are known for their creative arguments and exceptional knowledge of the technicalities of criminal litigation. Before you make any decisions about how to plead, call Sitar & Milczarek for a free consultation.
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