I am a successful criminal lawyer. I do not judge, nor is my treatment of my client dependent on the crime they are alleged to have committed. I do not expect a doctor to treat a patient better or worse, depending on who they are or aren’t, for that matter. When a client retains me, I approach it with a view to having the matter “thrown out of court”. My approach may change, depending on the evidence gathered by the crown, or gathered by my team. Sometimes the case is overwhelming. I am a criminal lawyer, not a magician. I never assume that what is written is necessarily the truth. Sometimes the “case law” is against me. Sometimes my client has “spilled the beans” to police and no Judge in the Province will “throw it out”.
I have lived and breathed this business since the second day of law school, where I worked in the clinic, representing those charged with minor offences. My instincts, track record, my immense energy and drive, my knowledge of the law, of the system, my common sense, all come into play. My client depends on me to fight for them. Fight is what I do, when it is needed. Shmooze is what I do when it is needed.
So if you count 22 years as a criminal lawyer as something, you will realize that experience and reputation matter. My reputation includes being trusted by my colleagues, by the bench, by officers, quite frankly. That comes with being in the trenches and proving that you mean business and that you will not back down.
If you want me to argue an appeal, I will probably refer you to an “appeal lawyer”. If you want me to be your trial lawyer, then you will be comforted to know that you have chosen well. You can trust me on that. I love my work and I take my role very seriously. It is not just my passion, it is my calling.