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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, I understand the nuances of your case and help you build one that is strong and convincing. If needed, I will also collect evidence for this purpose and prepare you for court proceedings. I understand that being caught in a legal situation can be mentally and emotionally taxing. Thus, I will do whatever it takes to make this process as hassle-free for you as possible. Throughout the legal battle, I am on your side and will do everything in my power to help you get justice. I am very experienced and knowledgeable. Through my years of experience, I have come to know my way around the legal system and will try my 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, I tirelessly work on behalf of my 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, I can help you tell yours.

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

J. Leigh Daboll is an experienced lawyer always willing to go the extra mile for the clients. But more than that, you should choose me because I 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, I will be honest with you and work to ensure that I give my best to my 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. My openness and accessibility is something in which I take pride. I am located just outside Welland and serve clients from across the Niagara Region. Other than criminal law, I also deal with family law, divorce law and small business law. Please contact us for more information.

Criminal Defence FAQ

Navigating the complexities of criminal law can be overwhelming. At J. Leigh Daboll Law, I believe in empowering my clients with knowledge. Below, I've answered some frequently asked questions about criminal defence to provide you with a better understanding of the legal process.

Q: What is Criminal Defence?

A: Criminal defence refers to the legal representation and strategies employed to defend individuals facing criminal charges. A criminal defence lawyer's role is to protect the rights of the accused, build a strong defence, and ensure a fair trial.

Q: Why Should I Hire a Criminal Defence Lawyer?

A: Hiring a criminal defence lawyer is crucial to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. A skilled lawyer has the expertise to analyze the evidence, challenge weak points in the prosecution's case, and negotiate on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

Q: What Are My Rights When Arrested?

A: When arrested, you have the right to remain silent and the right to legal counsel. It is recommended to exercise your right to remain silent until you have spoken to a lawyer. Your lawyer will guide you on how to proceed while protecting your rights.

Q: What Are Common Defences in Criminal Cases?

A: Common defences depend on the nature of the charges. Examples include proving innocence, challenging evidence, demonstrating reasonable doubt, arguing self-defence, consent, or duress, and asserting violations of constitutional rights.

Q: Can I Defend Myself in a Criminal Case?

A: While you have the right to represent yourself, it's not recommended. Criminal law is complex, and the consequences of inadequate defence can be severe. A skilled criminal defence lawyer has the expertise to navigate legal procedures and build a strong defence strategy.

Q: What Should I Do if I'm Accused of Impaired Driving?

A: If accused of impaired driving, it's important to seek legal counsel immediately. An experienced lawyer can assess the evidence, challenge the accuracy of tests, and explore possible defences, ensuring your rights are upheld.

Q: What Happens if I'm Found Guilty?

A: If found guilty, the court will determine an appropriate sentence. A criminal defence lawyer can advocate for a fair and just sentence, taking into account your circumstances and advocating for leniency when applicable.

Q: Can I Appeal a Conviction?

A: Yes, you have the right to appeal a conviction if you believe errors occurred during your trial that affected the outcome. An experienced appeals lawyer can review your case, identify grounds for appeal, and represent you in the appellate court.

Q: How Do I Choose the Right Criminal Defence Lawyer?

A: When selecting a criminal defence lawyer, consider their experience, reputation, specialization in criminal law, and commitment to your case. A lawyer who listens, communicates effectively, and demonstrates dedication to your defence is essential.

Q: What Sets J. Leigh Daboll Law Apart?

A: J. Leigh Daboll Law stands out for its extensive experience, compassionate approach, and commitment to clients' well-being. I view each case as a unique human story and work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome.

Q: How Can I Contact J. Leigh Daboll Law for Help?

A: For legal assistance or to schedule a consultation, you can contact J. Leigh Daboll Law by phone or through our website. I offer accessible and comprehensive legal services for criminal defence, family law, divorce law, and small business law.

If you have further questions or require personalized legal guidance, please don't hesitate to reach out to J. Leigh Daboll Law. I am here to support you through the legal process and provide the guidance you need to make informed decisions. Contact us today.

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