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Criminal Law

Criminal Defence Lawyer Serving Niagara & St. Catharines

If you are under investigation, or you have been charged with a criminal offence related to domestic violence, provincial offences, traffic offences, weapons offences, impaired driving, theft/fraud, a regulatory offence and other related areas, J. Leigh Daboll, a criminal lawyer in Niagara and Welland area can help.


At J. Leigh Daboll, we understand the nuances of your case and help you build one that is strong and convincing. If needed, we will also collect evidence for this purpose and prepare you for court proceedings. We understand that being caught in a legal situation can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Thus, we will do whatever it takes to make this process as hassle-free for you as possible. Throughout the legal battle, we are on your side and will do everything in our power to help you get justice. We are very experienced and knowledgeable. Through our years of experience, we have come to know our way around the legal system and will try our best to get you justice in a timely and speedy manner.


Building a Sound Defence

When charged with an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, the repercussions can be extremely damaging and often permanent. It is critical to hire a criminal lawyer whom you trust to build a defence and develop a case strategy on your behalf. At J. Leigh Daboll, we tirelessly work on behalf of our clients to:

Negotiate with the prosecution and bargain for lesser charges
Advocate for my client’s best interests at trial
Draft, file, and argue applications and appeals on their behalf

Examples of Common Defences Strategies

While criminal law is highly complex and continuously evolving, a good lawyer will help you understand your case, your possible defences, and the court process itself. To that end, the following are defence strategies used to defend criminal charges:

Impaired driving/over 80

These cases are usually defended on either a technical basis or by using the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If you have been charged with impaired driving, it is important to be aware of every option available to you and in a timely manner, as options for resolution can disappear quickly.


Drug offences

To successfully fight drug charges, one must often exclude from the evidence any drugs or paraphernalia that were seized during an ill search and seizure. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that the government’s right to enforce laws must yield to the right of the individual. Thus, an improper search may violate that right of privacy.


Theft offences

Defence for theft offences is ultimately very case-specific. Many cases can be difficult for the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. In cases where the prosecution is successful, a conditional sentence (which is served at home with certain restrictions) may be available.


Domestic violence

Under Ontario’s “Mandatory Charging” policy, the police charge the “dominant aggressor” and the Crown counsel controls the prosecution, not the complainant. Cases cannot be withdrawn by the victim later asking the Crown Attorney to do so unless “exceptional circumstances” exist. The important thing to remember is that there are two sides to every story, and as a criminal lawyer in Welland, we can help you tell yours.

Why Choose J. Leigh Daboll in Niagara & St. Catharines?

We are experienced legal practitioners who are always willing to go the extra mile for our clients. But more than that, you should choose us because we look at your situation, not as just another case but as a fellow human being in trouble who needs assistance. No matter the situation or the outcome, we will be honest with you and work to ensure that we give our best to our clients.

Contact J. Leigh Daboll for a Consultation

You probably have many questions about your case and the court process itself. Don’t hesitate to call the law office of J. Leigh Daboll for a consultation. Our openness and accessibility is something in which we take pride. We are located just outside Welland and serve clients from across the Niagara Region. Other than criminal law, we also deal with family law, divorce law and small business law. Please contact us for more information.

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