These are some of the most frequently asked questions related to the criminal defence services that we provide.
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There are many factors which come into consideration when determining whether or not a person will be released from custody pending the outcome of their trial. Some of these factors are known to you (whether you have a criminal record, whether you are from the area, etc), while others are more technical and require a lawyer’s careful analysis. In order to properly answer the question of whether you can get bail one of our capable lawyers will conduct an interview with you and come up with a plan for all your bail options.
All lawyers have different fees and fee schedules. At Royal & Company, we have lawyers of varying levels of experience to meet your particular budget constraints. After your first meeting with a Royal & Company lawyer, you will be provided with a retainer amount which must be deposited in order for us to represent you and, in some cases, a potential estimate of what it will cost to bring your matter to conclusion.
Some court proceedings can be resolved within a few weeks while others take substantially longer. What is important is that matters be dealt with as quickly as the right resolution allows. One of Royal & Company’s lawyers can assist you in ensuring that your matter proceeds as promptly as possible while still achieving a fair and just result.
People who are charged with criminal offences are often released in the community under conditions by which they must abide. These conditions are meant to ensure the safety of the public while an offender awaits trial. If a condition of your release is too onerous or is no longer required to protect the public, you can apply to the Court to change it. This may have to be done through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (the Province’s Superior Court) which requires a special application in Queen’s Bench Chambers. If you have concerns with your conditions, please bring a copy of them to your first appointment with one of our lawyers and they will provide you with the assistance you require.
Whether or not your items are returned could depend on whether or not they were seized for safe-keeping or are being retained by police as evidence. One of Royal & Company’s lawyers can explain to you why your items were seized and the procedure you can follow to have them returned to you as soon as possible.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects all people within Canada. Some of the better known rights are the right to be free from unreasonable search and/or seizure, the right to privacy and the right to be tried within a reasonable time. All rights and freedoms contained in the Charter are important to the maintenance of a free and just society. If you are concerned that your rights were violated by police, schedule an appointment to meet with one of Royal & Company’s lawyers right away. Working to protect the rights of those charged with criminal offences protects all members of society and is very important to those practicing criminal defence.
If you’ve been convicted of a criminal offence, you may have grounds to appeal your conviction to the Court of Queen’s Bench or Alberta Court of Appeal. For more details about the work Royal & Company has done at these levels of Court, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, please see our appeal section under Services.