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If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence in Fort McMurray, the first thing you should do is retain a good lawyer to represent you. An experienced Fort McMurray criminal lawyer will protect your legal interests before it’s too late and will give you the best possible chance of clearing your name, keeping you out of jail and and prevent you from being saddled with the negative impacts of having a criminal record.

First Things First: Safeguarding Your Liberty And Legal Rights

If you’ve been arrested in Fort McMurray, the most important thing you need to know is that you have the right to remain silent. You should take full advantage of that right by not talking to anybody except a lawyer, otherwise you could jeopardize your legal position. This means not communicating with police or others through texts or social media. The police are trained to gather evidence from what you say and use it against use you. Communication with your lawyer is protected.

The first 24 hours after your arrest can make or break your case and you do not want to do it alone. Within the first 24 hours of your arrest, there will be a bail hearing to determine whether you should be released from jail until your trial or held in a local remand centre. It is important to obtain representation for your Fort McMurray bail hearing to ensure that you are not wrongfully held in jail or put on conditions that you are unable to live with. It is also important to get an experienced criminal lawyer for your bail hearing to make sure that you do not say something that could compromise your case in the future. Our experienced Fort McMurray Criminal Lawyers are available 24 hours per day to help you with you bail hearing, 365 days a year.

Is the case over if I’m released without charge?

No! Get immediate legal advice as the police might be gathering evidence against you. What happens when you’re charged with a crime in Fort McMurray?

You will be ordered to appear in court through a summons, an appearance notice, a promise to appear or a recognizance. Any conditions imposed on you are court orders and must be complied with unless a lawyer successfully applies to the court to change them.

By this time, you should already have a criminal lawyer representing you. If you don’t there will be duty counsel, a free lawyer to help you start the process, who will be present in Court for your first appearance. However, it’s important to note that duty counsel will not have time to thoroughly evaluate your case and cannot represent you at trial, so it’s in your best interests to secure representation straight away from a Fort McMurray criminal lawyer who will be with you from the beginning.

What if my case looks hopeless?


Your case may seem hopeless — perhaps it appears the police caught you red-handed, or you don’t see a way out. Let an experienced Fort McMurray Criminal Lawyer determine whether the evidence is even admissible against you, assess your case from a legal perspective and give you advice about your legal position.

We have a history of winning seemingly unwinnable cases. Here’s how we do it:

Step 1 — FREE Initial Consultation

We’ll take the time to understand the circumstances of your case, your history and your priorities. We’ll talk to you about similar cases we’ve worked on and how we got the charges reduced or the accused acquitted.

At Liberty Law, we take a team approach to your case for the best possible result. Some of our senior lawyers have worked in court for over three decades. Junior lawyers have learnt from that valuable experience and can deliver cost effective services. We will determine, in consultation with you, which of our 11 lawyers will best suit your needs.

Step 2 — Case Prep

Every case is unique, and we’ve worked on enough criminal cases in Fort McMurray to have seen just about everything. We’ve also worked with almost all the prosecutors in Fort McMurray. We know how to negotiate with them when a plea is the best course of action, but we’ve also gone up against them at trial enough to know the type of advocacy most effective in presenting your case. The Lawyers at Liberty Law enjoy a well-earned reputation in court as effective defence lawyers.

Always remember, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and it’s up to the prosecution to prove your guilt. To do this, they must establish:

  • that the act they say happened actually happened;
  • that you were the person who committed the act; and that you intended to commit the act.

We will work with you, utilizing our legal expertise, to hold the Cr to strict proof of the allegations against you and bring out any defences available to you.

Step 3 — Trial

When your trial date arrives, we’ll be ready. We’ll have the witnesses lined up and the evidence neatly organized and ready for presentation. Our success as Fort McMurray criminal lawyers has always been a function of our excellent trial work, and it won’t be any different for you. You can come to court confident in the team behind you.

As indicated, we have a long history of winning seemingly unwinnable cases.

For example, a Liberty Law Criminal Lawyer in Fort McMurray recently had cocaine and fentanyl trafficking charges reduced to simple possession of cocaine charge after filing a 20-page paper outlining many breaches of our client’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The next steps for you

Book your FREE consultation and come in for a chat. After that, you’re obviously free to do what you want. But if what you want is to put this ordeal behind you and get on with your life, you’re much more likely to do that with a Liberty Law criminal lawyer on your side.

Our practice areas

In Fort McMurray, criminal lawyers from our office have defended people against:

If you’ve been arrested Fort McMurray criminal lawyers from Liberty Law are ready to listen and act on your behalf.

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