Steven Tress, Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer
Strategies for a Successful Criminal Defence
Many people perceive lawyers as pushy and aggressive. Criminal lawyers on television are often portrayed as using deception or ‘legal tricks’ in court and with prosecutors in order to win a case. This characterization, however, cannot be further from the truth. In reality, a successful legal strategy when defending criminal charges requires four main factors:
1. Experience in Court and a Thorough Knowledge of the Legal Issues
Successful legal representation requires not only a familiarity with the particular legal issues, but the experience to be able to recognize those issues as they arise in court and deal with them on the spot. A strategic legal defence continually evolves during the course of a criminal case and we can implement measures to address developments as they occur.
2. An Understanding of the Facts and Evidence in a Particular Case
Knowledge of the legal issues can only be effectively used if the lawyer has a thorough understanding of all the facts in the case against the client. Accomplishing this involves virtually memorizing the evidence and understanding how it relates to the charges. Wo do the preparation that is necessary in order to effectively cross-examine witnesses, find inconsistencies in the evidence and advance the position of our clients.
3. The Ability to Eloquently Argue the Law as it Applies to the Facts of the Case
The law and the facts are separate components of a criminal case, but are also interdependent. A successful legal defence involves tying together the legal issues with the factual elements in a clear and eloquent manner. The argument that wins is one that is knowledgeable and persuasive. With our experience, we can provide our clients with top-quality representation.
4. Persistence (not aggression) in Arguing the Defence to the Prosecutor, Judge and Jury
Being persistent when defending against criminal charges means arguing the defence position at every reasonable opportunity. This does not mean being a bully. This will only serve to alienate the prosecutor, the judge and the jury. Our success is based on an understanding of the legal issues, a thorough comprehension of the facts, an eloquence in presentation, and persistence in defending our clients. We have the knowledge and expertise to successfully defend your case throughout the criminal court process.
Over 35 years of experience as a Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyer, successfully defending people against criminal charges, we can assist you with various types of criminal charges.
With our experience in trials, bail hearings and appeals, we can effectively represent you anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. We represent clients in all five Toronto courthouses where criminal cases are heard in the Ontario Court of Justice (Old City Hall, College Park, Scarborough Court and two in North York), as well as the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
What Our Clients Say
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