Criminal Defence

If you've been charged with a crime, we can help.

At Peak Law Group, we understand that facing a criminal charge can be one of the most challenging experiences of your life. Our mission is to guide you through this process with clarity, dedication, and expert knowledge, ensuring you are not alone during this difficult time.

Our criminal defence team offers services to both paid and legal aid clients, demonstrating our commitment to justice for all in British Columbia. We are devoted to delivering unrivalled support and representation, irrespective of your financial circumstances.

What sets Peak Law Group apart from other law firms is our unique billing structure for paid clients. Instead of standard hourly billing that can result in unexpected costs, we offer most of our criminal defence services on a flat fee basis. This approach provides you with transparent and predictable legal expenses, allowing you to focus on what matters most - your defence.

Get Started with a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge, take the first step towards securing your defence. Schedule a free, no-obligation, 30-minute consultation with our team of experienced lawyers. During this consultation, we'll discuss your situation, your options, and how we can help you navigate the complex legal landscape. Book your appointment today.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do if I've been charged with a crime in British Columbia?

If you've been charged with a crime, the first and most important step is to get legal advice. Do not make any statements to the police until you've spoken with a lawyer. Remember, everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Schedule a free, no-obligation, 30-minute consultation with us.

2. What's the difference between summary conviction offences and indictable offences?

In Canadian law, offences are classified into two main categories: summary conviction offences and indictable offences. Summary conviction offences are less serious, punishable by fines and/or up to 6 months in prison. Indictable offences are more serious and carry stiffer penalties, potentially including significant prison time.

3. What is a plea bargain and how does it work?

A plea bargain is a negotiation between the defence and prosecution in which the accused agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge, or fewer charges, in exchange for a more lenient sentence or other concessions. It is a common part of the Canadian criminal justice system.

4. What does "beyond a reasonable doubt" mean?

"Beyond a reasonable doubt" is the legal standard of proof required to convict a person of a crime in Canada. It means that the evidence presented by the prosecution is so convincing that there is no reasonable doubt left in the mind of the judge or jury that the accused is guilty.

5. If I'm found guilty, can I appeal my sentence?

Yes, you can appeal a sentence if there are legal grounds to do so, such as errors made during the trial or if the sentence is unduly harsh. Appeals are complex and require expert legal representation. We can help you understand your options and potential next steps.

6. I was charged with a crime but the victim wants to drop the charges. Can they do this?

In Canadian law, once charges are laid, only the Crown prosecutor has the authority to withdraw or stay charges, not the victim. The prosecutor will make this decision based on factors like the public interest and likelihood of conviction.

Remember, every legal situation is unique. For personalized advice, don't hesitate to book an appointment for a free, no-obligation consultation. Let Peak Law Group guide you through this challenging time with expertise and compassion.