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Title: Paralegals versus Criminal Defence Lawyers in Ottawa.pptx


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Paralegals versus Criminal Defence Lawyers in
Ottawa
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One mistake some people will make is deciding to
retain the services of paralegals to represent
their interests in criminal offence matters.
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There are key differences between paralegals and
criminal defence lawyers in Ottawa. It is
essential to understand these differences so you
can make wise decisions in regards to the counsel
you need to fight your charges and receive the
most appropriate outcomes
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To begin with, while knowledgeable about the law,
paralegals have less formal education than
lawyers. Most paralegals spend between two
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and three years working towards a post-secondary
degree. They do not have to complete the Bar
Admission Course and in most cases, are not
licensed.
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On the other hand, lawyers will spend between
five and seven years pursuing their education,
not to mention, have to complete the Bar
Admission Course,
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which consists of study and taking exams in two
primary licensing topics, as well as completing a
minimum of a 10-month Articleship with a licensed
lawyer.
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Upon completing these steps, then the lawyer is
called to the Bar and allowed to become a
licensed lawyer.
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There are similarities in certain duties
performed by both criminal defence lawyers and
paralegals. Both spend countless hours
conducting research, preparing and submitting
legal documents and briefs, and providing
consultations.
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Paralegals also help lawyers prepare for court
hearings, trials, and appeals. As you can see,
the support paralegals provide are beneficial for
both you and your lawyer.
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The biggest difference is when it comes time to
go to Court. The lawyer is the individual who is
responsible for representing their clients best
interests.
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They must present evidence in the case, question
witnesses and address the Judge and jury. As
such, the high profile attention
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the lawyer receives in providing defence for
their clients requires the additional expertise
and knowledge lawyers possess, compared to
paralegals.
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Can I Use a Paralegal for Criminal Offences?The
law does allow for the accused to either
represent themselves, or choose an appropriate
person to provide representation.
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Paralegals are a viable resource as part of your
entire criminal defence team, and often provide
valuable input in preparing the defence against
your charges.
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That being said, however, most paralegals lack
Court experience and due to the seriousness of
criminal offences,
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if you want the best results, you should use an
experienced and qualified lawyer that has
represented others facing similar charges.
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Please keep in mind, the above information is
presented for educational purposes and should not
be considered legal advice.
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If you or someone you care about has been charged
with a criminal offence, you need to consult with
Ottawa criminal defence lawyer, Céline Dostaler
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Call my law firm at 613.695.8595 for a
complimentary 30-minute consultation and case
evaluation now.   Source- http//www.celinedo
staler.ca/paralegals-versus-criminal-defence/
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