Getting the Defence Lawyer You Deserve Through Calgary Legal Aid: Part 1
The right to consult with a criminal defence lawyer is one of the pillars of Calgary's criminal justice system and the system throughout Canada. It is so vital to the workings of our democracy that your right to a lawyer is even enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But though everyone in Calgary has the right to a defence lawyer, not everyone is aware of the resources available to them in securing the services of a trusted legal professional.
Alberta's Legal Aid offers low cost and sometimes free legal services to Calgary citizens in need, including providing you with a defence lawyer if you are charged with a serious crime and are unable to pay a lawyer with your own funds. No matter what your circumstances or what crime you have been charged with, you deserve zealous legal representation, and Legal Aid can help you get it.
Your Calgary Legal Aid Defence Lawyer Should Fight for YOU
It is all too easy to find yourself charged with a crime in Calgary, especially given the broad powers granted to the Calgary Police and other law enforcement agencies, as well as the wide range of seemingly innocent acts that can meet the legal definition of a crime, one can easily find themselves facing criminal charges for impaired driving/DUI, drug offences, or even assault. Even if you've done nothing wrong, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the courtroom, and it's a scary place to be.
All too many Calgary citizens accused of crimes are intimidated into pleading guilty and/or accepting less than optimal outcomes simply because they do not know what to do or who to turn to for help. Those meeting Legal Aid's financial and other eligibility requirements have somewhere they can turn that cannot only connect them with a legal professional but can allow them to select and work with a Calgary defence lawyer they truly trust and feel comfortable with.
In other words, if you are approved for Legal Aid's services you can name a specific lawyer and request to work with them. Legal Aid can also assign you a lawyer, but if you've already contacted one you know and trust and who is ready to work with you, Legal Aid can help ease the financial burden and help give you the defence you deserve.
Contact a Calgary Defence Lawyer for Your Legal Aid Case Today
If you or a family member has been charged with a serious crime in the Greater Calgary Area, you don't have to face the battle alone! You are legally entitled to the assistance of an experienced Calgary defence lawyer throughout every phase of your case, from the moment you are charged and/or arrested until your case is finally resolved in the Calgary courts. If you believe you cannot afford a defence lawyer, Legal Aid can help you pay for a lawyer of your choice. For a free initial consultation with one of Calgary's most dedicated defence lawyers, please contact my office today.