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Criminal Defense Lawyer in Peace River

It may sound strange, but criminal defence law is the cornerstone of our justice system. Why is that? Because our legal system works on the premise that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty. This goes for anyone who has been charged with a crime. If we didn't assume the innocence of the accused, then all court proceedings would be a sham and the law would dissolve.

In other words, criminal defence is one way that we protect ourselves against tyranny.

At Verhaeghe Law Office, we have made it our life's work to ensure that everyone gets a fair trial. Whether you are falsely accused or entering a guilty plea, we'll be there defending your rights. We ensure that all the evidence presented in court is relevant and is being analyzed properly. We question witnesses on your behalf. We talk to experts and engage in interviews, negotiations, and deliberations. And we win cases.

Types of Cases We Defend

We have defended a wide range of criminal cases over the years. The field of criminal defence law is quite big. Here is a list of some of the areas we've worked in:

  • Violent offenses
  • Sexual offenses
  • Internet, Hacking, and Technology offences
  • Drug offences
  • Fraud and tax offences
  • Theft offenses
  • Break and enter offences
  • Weapons and firearms offences
  • Domestic abuse offences
  • Extradition proceedings
  • Criminal appeals
  • Impaired driving offences
  • Youth offences

What Happens if You Get Arrested?

If you have been accused of a crime, it's important that you seek legal representation immediately. In Canada, you have the right to silence. It's important to exercise that right until you have a lawyer. Don't lie to the police though. A lie is considered obstruction of justice and you can be charged on that count too. Without a professional lawyer on your side, it is virtually impossible to navigate the complicated language of the law and all the different steps before getting to trial.

Once you have contacted us, we will do the talking for the rest of the proceedings. That means we need to be there every time you speak with the police. We will offer you the advice you need to get through the case.

We will be with you during the preliminary hearings. If there is to be a settlement outside of court, we can represent you for that. If your case goes to court as it often does in criminal law, we will mount a defence using all the available evidence. If you are convicted, we'll be there for the sentencing hearing and if you decide to appeal, we'll be able to do that too.

Winning Cases

Verhaeghe Law Office has a proven track record of winning cases and getting great settlements for our clients in Peace River. Over the years, we've built a great reputation in the area for justice. We seek to continue that work and hope that if you find yourself in need of legal representation, you will choose us.