5 things you should know when you see a criminal lawyer

June 13th, 2020

If you are meeting with a lawyer for the first time, you can best prepare for the consultation by following a few simple steps. Being prepared for the appointment will save you time and money and ensure that your lawyer has all the information he needs to do his job effectively.

Take Notes

To prepare for your consultation, you should take lots of notes about everything you remember about the offence you are accused of. Where have you been? Who were you with? What have you been told? What questions did the police ask you? What did you say? These are just a few examples, but it’s important to put everything you remember in writing. On the other hand, it is important during your meeting with Me Chénard to give him your version of the facts. It would therefore be to your advantage to put it in writing before the meeting. This can be useful to make sure you don’t forget the essential details.

Have All Your Documents With You

Gather all relevant documents in an organized folder. Even if you are not sure whether the lawyer may need to see a particular document, it is a good idea to bring it with you anyway. You must also bring an identity document during the first consultation. For a variety of reasons, primarily government compliance, the lawyer may need to confirm your identity. For example, if you have received a statement of offence it is important to bring the original with you if you still have it or you notice of hearing if you have received it. In criminal matters, bring all the documents that the police have given you, this will help Me Chénard to better understand your needs during the first consultation.

Respect the Facts

When you consult a lawyer for any reason, it is important to always be simple and honest in providing the information requested and in answering any questions. The lawyer can only help you if he has an accurate portrait and all the information. If you are accused of a crime and you tell your story to the lawyer, although it is impossible to be completely objective in these cases, you should try to stick to the facts. Your lawyer will help you to distinguish facts from feelings or interpretations. Remember, your lawyer has an obligation to maintain professional secrecy. Everything you say to Me Chénard will remain confidential.

Ask Questions

One of the most important things you can do when you see a lawyer is asking questions. You may even have prepared some questions you would like to ask while taking notes to prepare for the consultation. No doubt other questions will emerge during the discussion with the lawyer. The questions you will want to consider may relate to what happened, what you should do now to maximize your chances of success during your trial, or the pros and cons of pleading guilty. Or request a trial.

Understand Documents, Fees and the Next Steps

As you complete your consultation with your lawyer, make sure you have a full understanding of the documents the police gave you. If you are not sure, ask for clarification. When you first consult with the lawyer, it is a good idea to ask for an overview of the potential costs associated with the service. When you leave the consultation, the last thing you should discuss with your lawyer is: what is the next step? Who will do what and when should it be done? This will help you leave the consultation knowing that you and your lawyer are on the same page and that you clearly understand where you are going from now on.