If you or a loved one have been charged with a criminal offence, the first thing you need to do is retain the services of a Gracia Law Calgary criminal law firm in Calgary. Most people charged with a criminal offence have never been arrested or charged with a crime before. As such, they are overly stressed, anxious, nervous, scared, and go through a wide range of emotional states. Consulting with a criminal defence lawyer in Calgary helps alleviate some of the tension and worry because your criminal lawyer explains your options, how you might possible avoid a conviction, and looks for violations of your rights, as well as other aspects of the case where it may be possible to get the charges dismissed.
Being charged with a criminal offence should be considered serious, no matter the offence. People, who do not take their charge serious, are actually putting their own livelihood at risk. Even minor offences, like impaired driving and shoplifting, have consequences if someone pleads guilty to, agrees to a plea arrangement, or is found guilty of the charges. Possible sentencing for those found guilty of criminal offences include recording the charge on their permanent criminal record, court fines and fees, restitution, probation, travel restrictions, and imprisonment.
An Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer in Calgary
The outcome of your case is largely based upon the type of criminal law firms in Calgary you have selected. It you opted for a court appointed lawyer, they may not necessarily be working in your best interests. Many court-appointed public defenders are overloaded with cases and simply want to get them resolved quickly, since they have another case right after yours. Court appointed criminal lawyers in Calgary tend to frequently recommend clients take a plea arrangement and plead guilty to their charges in exchange of a lesser sentence.
What people do not realize is it is not up to the Crown lawyer or their criminal defence lawyer in Calgary to determine their sentence. It is the judges, who impose sentencing on those taking plea arrangements, pleading guilty to, or being found guilty after a trail. While there are sentencing guidelines judges can follow, they are essentially free to impose whatever sentence they deem fits with the charges. So, if they want to set an example for the community by imposing a harsher sentence for a crime, like imprisonment, they have the right to do so, even when guidelines do not necessary recommend jail time.
Rather, it is in your best interests to retain the services of experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer Paul Gracia. Mr. Gracia has represented clients facing criminal offences, including:
- Drug Offences
- Property and Theft Offences
- Disorderly Conduct
- Weapons Charges
- Drinking and Driving Offences
- Sexual and Indecent Acts
- Statutory and Regulatory Violations
- Other Peculiar/Outdated/Unusual Offences
Gracia Law helps clients all throughout Southern Alberta facing criminal charges obtain the best possible outcomes for their charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact Mr. Gracia today at 403-975-4529 to schedule your free consultation to discuss your charges.