Toronto, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/22/2017 -- With a focus on representing clients facing criminal offence charges, Gupta Criminal Law wants to remind people they are entitled to legal counsel from a criminal defence lawyer of their choosing upon being arrested by the police. Far too often, people mistakenly assume they have to wait until they are formally charged for the offence before they are allowed to seek legal advice from their own lawyer.
However, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom enables a person accused of a criminal offence access to legal counsel upon arrest, and prior to any police interviews and questioning. In fact, a person suspected of committing a crime has the right to remain silent during all questioning and interview sessions with the police and/or with the prosecuting lawyer representing the Crown.
For many people, this is their first criminal offence and even though law enforcement attempts to make them aware of their rights, they often waive those rights, simply because they want the matter resolved as quickly as possible so they can go back to their lives.However, what these people do not realize, is their lives will be drastically altered and changed if they waive their rights.
If they confess to a crime or agree to plea arrangement made by the prosecution, the crime is recorded permanently on their criminal record. As a result, it could affect a person's ability to find and maintain gainful employment and impact other important personal areas for the rest of their lives.
There are minimum and maximum mandatory sentencing guidelines used by the courts and judges to determine what punishment is appropriate for the criminal offence. There have been cases where a judge wants to set an example for others to deter them from committing the same offence, which seemed minor in nature, but resulted in the maximum sentence allowable under the law.
Furthermore, regardless of the offence, there is always the possibility of varying periods of imprisonment, not to mention monetary fines, fees, and other related court costs, which could quickly amount to tens of thousands of dollars. This is why it is always in a person's best interests to consult with a qualified and experienced criminal defence lawyer they select themselves.
For additional information about Gupta Criminal Law and the law firm's criminal law practice areas, please feel free to visit the official website at http://www.guptacriminallaw.ca or contact the law firm by phone at 416-844-8467 to schedule a consultation.
Gupta Criminal Law wants people to remember they have the legal right to have a criminal defence lawyer present upon arrest by the police to provide legal advice and protect their rights.
About Gupta Criminal Law
Gupta Criminal Law was founded by Rishma Gupta, who is also a partner at Canada's largest criminal defence law firm: Rusonik, O'Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini LLP. Ms. Gupta is a criminal trial and defence lawyer and has represented and continues to represent people charged with all types of crimes, from minor offences to the most severe. She is dedicated to her clients and constantly fights for the constitutional rights based upon the merits of their cases, while helping them achieve the best outcome possible.