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If you have been charged with a criminal offence in the Chatham area, then you need the help of a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defence lawyer at your side. Posner Craig Stein (PCS) lawyers are among the most experienced and well-known criminal lawyers in the profession. Being charged with a criminal offence is a frightening and life-altering experience. Entrusting PCS with your case means that you will have an exceptional and trusted ally at your side throughout the criminal process, from the police investigation until verdict. We understand the impact that a criminal record has on a person’s future and reputation. We know that your freedom and livelihood depend on winning your case. Our lawyers work tirelessly, creatively – and in a relentless manner – inside and outside the courtroom.
People who represent themselves on criminal charges are at the mercy of the prosecution. Self-representation means inexperience and peril. With a criminal lawyer from Posner Craig, Stein, you get all the resources of experienced counsel.
Posner Craig Stein will assist you in doing everything possible to avoid a conviction, so that you don’t have a criminal record, you do not incur fines, and that you do not spend time in jail.
We will be there for you, to advocate on your behalf, and to protect your freedom, your reputation, and your livelihood.
Murder and manslaughter cases are extremely complex, both legally and factually. They require highly skilled and experienced trial lawyers to dig through the evidence and present a compelling defence to a jury. The lawyers at Posner Craig Stein have a wealth of experience in defending murder, manslaughter, and other homicide charges. We know how use a wide range of strategies to vigorously challenge the prosecution’s case in court.
• Cross-examine skillfully and effectively
• Make sophisticated and strategic legal arguments
• Deliver persuasive and powerful jury addresses
Posner Craig Stein lawyers have conducted dozens of homicide trials across Ontario.
The defence in drinking and driving cases in Chatham and across Ontario is often extremely technical. Some defences may require the expert evidence of a toxicologist. It is common for defences in these cases to involve an application under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to exclude evidence. To defend a drinking and driving case you will require an experienced lawyer with a broad and in-depth knowledge of the law, who is capable of assessing and examining all potential defences.
Each of the drinking and driving offences carry with them minimum sentences upon conviction. This is true even for persons who have no prior criminal record. As a result, a conviction can have extremely serious consequences and penalties, including, a license suspension for a year or more, vehicle impoundment, high fines, a criminal record, possible incarceration and higher insurance rates.
• Keep your driver’s license
• Avoid a criminal record
• Protect against devastating automobile insurance costs
• Prevent problems crossing the U.S border
• Preserve your reputation in the community
Posner Craig Stein handles drinking and driving charges in Chatham and across Ontario and are respected by judges and prosecutors throughout the Province.
The defence in dangerous driving cases is often technical and can involve consulting closely with a forensic expert, such as an engineer or an accident reconstructionist. To defend a dangerous driving case, you will require an experienced lawyer with a broad and in-depth knowledge of the law, who is capable of examining all the possible defences. Posner Craig Stein lawyers can assist you.
If you have been charged with a driving offence in Chatham, then you need the help of a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defence lawyer at your side.
• Dangerous driving
• Failing to remain at the scene of an accident
• Flight from police
• Driving while disqualified
• Stunt driving
Driving offences in Chatham and across Ontario can have serious consequences, such as an increase to insurance premiums, high fines, a license suspension and time in custody.
Drug charges often result from police search warrants at homes, apartments, condominiums, storage units, offices, and motor vehicles. They can also result from the search of an individual incidental to being arrested on an unrelated charge. The techniques of drug investigation also involve police wiretapping, cell phone/vehicle tracking, and obtaining production of certain documents and records (production orders). The police need to meet strict legal requirements to obtain warrants and production orders. Posner, Craig, Stein lawyers are trained and experienced in challenging the constitutional validity of search warrants, wiretap warrants, production orders and other judicial authorizations that result in intrusions into the privacy rights of our clients. We have a deep understanding of the law of search and seizure and use our knowledge in this highly specialized area to the advantage of our clients.
Carefully crafted and skilled cross-examination of police officers is a vital part of Posner, Craig, Stein’s arsenal when it comes to defending drug charges. The lawyers at our firm have a long history of defending the most difficult drug cases.
• We achieve the best possible results for our clients
• We are experienced at the cross-examination of police officers and the law of police search powers
• Our fees are highly competitive
Being convicted of a drug offence will have a serious impact on your life. You may incur jail time, be placed on probation, and have difficulty travelling to other countries. The lawyers at Posner Craig Stein have defended countless drug prosecutions in Chatham and across Ontario. We are dedicated to ensuring you receive the best possible result. We know that you have a lot at stake, and a lot to lose if you are convicted.
Choosing the right lawyer to handle your sexual offence case is one of the most important decisions you will make when you are facing charges. It can mean the difference between winning and losing, a criminal record and no record, a jail sentence and walking away free. The consequences of being convicted of a sexual offence are serious. No one wants to end up on the Sex Offender Registry, and have their reputation in the community ruined. That is why it is crucial to contact a criminal defence lawyer immediately If you are charged or under investigation for a sexual offence. Consulting and retaining an experienced lawyer at the earliest opportunity will ensure you have an advocate working on your behalf and serve to protect your interests from the very start of proceedings.
• We achieve the best possible results for our clients
• We are highly regarded for our cross-examination skills
• Our criminal lawyers are highly respected
• Our fees are highly competitive.
Posner Craig Stein has experience defending sexual offences in Chatham and throughout Ontario.
If you are charged with domestic assault or a domestic violence offence in Chatham, it is in your best interest to hire a competent and qualified criminal lawyer, sooner rather than later. A criminal charge is classified as a domestic violence offence if it occurs between two people who are currently or have previously been involved in a romantic relationship. Domestic assault charges often involve allegations of uttering a threat and/or damage (mischief) to property.
There is no separate charge in the Criminal Code for “domestic assault”, however, domestic related offenses are treated more seriously by the courts. Many courthouses have courtrooms designed specifically to deal with “domestic” cases, and Crown attorneys specifically trained to deal with these cases. The Criminal Code also contains special provisions that serve to protect victims of domestic violence.
• Cross-examine witnesses and complainants with skill
• Prepare you to testify
Domestic assault cases are commonly one person’s word again another. The credibility of each witness is usually the paramount issue. Having a lawyer who is experienced and skilled at cross-examination is the key to a successful result. The lawyers at Posner, Craig, Stein have highly developed and keen cross-examination skills. Through tireless preparation and our years of experience, we know how to get at the truth.
Financial criminal offences, sometimes referred to as “white collar crime”, cover a broad array of offences in the Criminal Code of Canada. The defence in financial crimes and fraud offences is often extremely technical. Some defences may require the expert evidence of a forensic accountant. It is common for defences in these cases to involve an application under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to exclude evidence. To defend a fraud charge or any other financial offence you will require an experienced lawyer with a broad and in-depth knowledge of the law, who is capable of assessing and examining all potential defences.
• Tax evasion
• Breach of trust
• Keeping a gaming house
• Forgery and utter forged documents
• Manipulation of the stock exchange
• Insider trading
• False prospectus
• Securities Act offences
If you have already been convicted of a criminal offence in Chatham, it does not mean that your case is over. You still have the opportunity to appeal your conviction and/or your sentence. The lawyers at Posner Craig Stein have decades of combined experience in conducting complex and challenging appeals. Our lawyers regularly conduct appeals at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and in the Summary Conviction Appeal courts throughout the province. We also have experience in arguing appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada. Our cases are reported in legal journals and frequently cited by judges when they make decisions in other cases.
• Review the transcripts from your trial with careful scrutiny
• Develop the arguments that are likely to succeed on appeal
• Produce polished and persuasive written advocacy
When it comes time to argue your appeal, we will be fully prepared to make the most powerful and compelling arguments in your favour. Our firm will exhaust every avenue to overturn your conviction or reduce your sentence.