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Arrested or Being Investigated
Please call me so that I can discuss your rights with you immediately. You have the right to call a lawyer to receive advice when this process begins. How you participate in the investigation process may affect your case. I will represent you as soon as you have been contacted by police. If you have not been formally charged, I will speak to the crown prosecutor on your behalf to try and dissuade them from approving criminal charges.

If you are arrested you will either be released with or without conditions, on the understanding that you will come to court to answer to the charges against you. Ask the police if they are opposing your release. If they are, you should have a lawyer represent your interests in a bail hearing. You can call me 24/7 if you are in custody and I will represent you in a bail hearing.

On your first appearance in court, the crown prosecutor will provide you with disclosure of the evidence that has been collected in your case. If disclosure is not available, your matter will be adjourned until it is ready. If you hire me to represent you, I will appear in court on your behalf and make all necessary court appearances until all disclosure is complete.

Once I have all the disclosure that is available, I will review it and then be able to provide you with a legal opinion about the strength of your case. I will then present you with the options going forward. In many cases, I can use my solid negotiation skills to achieve results that are very satisfactory for my clients. The results may include the withdraw of charges or plea bargains to reduced charges.

In other cases, there is little or no room for negotiation and we will have to conduct a trial to test the evidence. I am an experienced trial lawyer that is willing to fight for my clients interests. The choice of whether to have a trial is always my clients and it will depend on your risk tolerance and what resolutions I have been able to negotiate for you.

Ignatius Pielecki specializes in criminal law in Vernon, Kelowna, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm. Please visit if you are looking for someone experienced in criminal law in Vernon or the surrounding areas. Ignatius Pielecki is here to help.

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