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We recognize that each family is distinct, with its own traditions, philosophies, and complexities. Consequently, our advice for resolving matters is tailored to each client’s individual needs. For some clients, the alternative dispute resolution model which includes mediation, arbitration, and a more collaborative approach is a highly effective way to resolve disagreements that arise as a result of the breakdown of a marriage or relationship.

Our experience has proven that lawyer-assisted mediation with an experienced family law mediator is the most efficient and cost-efficient way to finalize unresolved matters. We are solutions-oriented and we work to finalize your matters amicably while ensuring that your rights are protected now and in the future. Other clients resolve their matters through litigation or court proceedings. The Carpenter Team are experienced family law litigators committed to obtaining the best outcomes in court for their clients. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, you will be represented with passion, conviction and integrity.

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Our Law Firm believes that clients' success determines our own. So we ensure both by collaborating with our clients to achieve their goals.

Family Lawyer in Burlington
Christopher Martin is experienced in representing clients in all areas of family law. This involves representing clients with respect to child custody and access issues, child and spousal support, property claims, cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements. There are many possible resolutions that can come about from a family law case Chris has an in-depth knowledge of family law and the ability to ensure that each client gets the best representation in each case.

Counselling provides an opportunity for you to talk about your concerns in a confidential and safe environment. By talking through your concerns, you will deepen your understanding of what is happening and develop alternate ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. Susan Poulter is a Counselor in Burlington and her goal as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist is to help you develop these skills, and to uncover your unique and innate abilities to successfully manage your emotions, relationships and problems. Discover her counselling services in the Burlington and Halton area.

Maureen Currie is an Employment Lawyer located in Oakville. At Currie Law, we can help guide you, behind the scene, in decisions or represent you in litigation. Our firm has represented Companies and assisted Human Resource professionals in addressing the multitude of employment issues that arise in business.

Family Lawyer in Brampton
D. Ian Kilgour has three decades of experience in acting on behalf of clients in divorce matters. As an experienced lawyer, Ian can correctly prepare the documents for filing and service. Mistakes in preparation of the Application can result in lengthy delays. In the past he has had to take over “simple” divorce matters that clients thought that they could do on their won. The cost of fixing mistakes usually exceeds what the cost would have been to retain Mr. Kilgour in the first place.

Maureen Currie

Lawyer Maureen Currie has represented individuals and corporations in ground breaking and high profile cases since her call to the bar in 1988. Maureen handles clients throughout the GTA and offers criminal law services in Milton. She is widely experienced in Criminal Law, Inquests, Royal Commissions and Civil Litigation.

Criminal Lawyer in Mississauga
Criminal defence lawyer Maureen Currie has over 30 years of experience. She previously worked as a prosecutor in the Crown Attorney’s office – experience now useful in her practice as a criminal defence lawyer. She is known for her fearless representation of clients charged with serious criminal law offences, close personal attention and commitment in providing a thorough criminal defence.

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Kaley Hepburn

Hepburn Law provides its clients with the individualized case specific legal representation that will best suit your needs. We are a local criminal lawyer in Hamilton that helps clients in Hamilton and is familiar with the proceedings and is ‘no stranger’ to area’s Courts including the Milton Court House. We have successfully represented our clients on a wide range of charges and offences for all criminal law in Hamilton.
Having an experienced criminal lawyer on your side is the best defence. Serving the Burlington, Ontario area, Hepburn Law defends its clients from a wide range of criminal matters from initial stage of the bail hearing through to trials and appeals. With our extensive knowledge of the law and court procedures.
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Criminal Lawyer in Brantford

Are you looking for a criminal lawyer in Milton? If you have been charged with a criminal offence, it can be a humiliating and terrifying experience, particularly if you have no previous criminal record or experience with the criminal justice system. Not only that, but a conviction can negatively impact various aspects of your life including your job and your ability to travel. That is why choosing the right legal team to help you with your case can be one of the most important decisions you can make during this trying time.

Craniotis Law Office

Peter J. Craniotis, barrister & solicitor, established the Craniotis Law Office shortly after being called to the Ontario Bar on June 18, 2009. As a criminal lawyer in Oakville, Peter has represented numerous individuals in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice in respect to individuals charged with any criminal offence under the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Sapiano Family Law

Linda Sapiano is a Family Lawyer in Hamilton that has been in practice since 1981 and finds it very rewarding to work with people to resolve family and estate law issues. Her approach helps to cut through the confusion and avoid unnecessary costs, all the while ensuring the best interests of her clients are met. Linda strongly believes in negotiation over litigation, and is pleased to offer direct access to many resources that can help ensure that clients are able to navigate towards a healthy, whole and brighter future for everyone involved.

Marlon Roefe

With experience comes confidence. For over 35 years Marlon has seen it all working as a Commercial Lawyer in Burlington. Your sensitive legal matters should always be handled by someone who knows the ropes and will look out for you or your company’s best interests. Business disputes are frequently very complex and involve years of dealings between the parties, financial records and allegations of wrongdoing both real and imagined. My experience in such matters enables my clients to wade through the mud to clearly and creatively pursue my client’s interest and remedies.

Practices Area

Family Law

Divorce is a complex and frightening experience. Family Law is not an area for dabblers, and it’s important to have a divorce lawyer who specializes in family law.

Business Law

When within the context of that dispute there is an undue disregard of the stakeholder’s interest, which is oppressive in that matter, the broad remedial jurisdiction of the court is sought to right that wrong.

Litigation

Litigation is costly both in time and monies. Early resolution through a consensual resolution should be explored where the opportunities arise. It is essential in the course of any litigation to recognize those opportunities or make those opportunities

Sexual Offenses

In order for a person to be convicted of sexual assault, the Crown Prosecutor must prove that the complainant did not consent to the sexual contact. The person must be capable of consenting to the sexual contact, and the consent must be freely given. 

Drug Charges

Drug offences are aggressively prosecuted by experienced Federal Crown Attorneys. There have been recent amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that establish mandatory minimum penalties – if you plead guilty or are found guilty after trial – in certain drug cases. With so much at stake, it is important that you have strong representation from an effective criminal defence lawyer.

Criminal Law

Have you been arrested in Ontario and need a criminal trial lawyer? Experience matters! A criminal record can have serious ramifications on your future! In the appropriate circumstances, we are often successful in resolving criminal charges without leaving you with a criminal record.

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  • Assault & Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI - Impaired Driving
  • Record Expungement
  • Hit & Run
  • Probation Violations

We provide immediate and personalised counseling to ensure your rights are not violated

  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Underage Drinking
  • Violent Crimes

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What Do I Do If Police Ask Me To Come To The Station?

The easy answer is to call a lawyer right away. It is likely that the police have evidence that you have committed a criminal offence and that you are likely to be arrested and charged with an offence. You need to contact Ian right away to discuss the interview process and its consequences. If you are arrested it is extremely important that you do not discuss any offence with the police until you have spoken to counsel. You do have the right to speak with counsel of your choice so whenever a police officer asks if you wish to speak to counsel say “yes, I wish to speak with my lawyer now”.

Bail Applications

If you are arrested and detained in custody you will be taken to court the next day for a bail application. You will likely need to have a surety in court to tell the court that you can live with them and that they will supervise you. The surety will usually have to be able to satisfy the court that they have the financial means, usually home ownership, to make payment to the court if you do not comply with your bail conditions. If you are on probation or are on bail for another offence, bail is more difficult to obtain and you may require more than one surety if you are to be released. 

 

 

 

 

Impaired Driving & Driving While Over .08.

These are both offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. There are serious consequences to being convicted of these charges. You will have a criminal record which may result in you having great difficulty in finding employment. In addition you will face a substantial fine or imprisonment. You will be disqualified from driving any motor vehicle and at the end of your disqualification you may not be able to qualify for automobile insurance. It is extremely important that you contact counsel if you have been detained by police and asked to take the breathalyser test. You will be asked if you wish to speak to a dui lawyer. There are defences that are available to these charges, so it is important that, if you are charged, you contact Ian right away to discuss your options.

Trial Matters

There are two levels of trial courts for criminal matters in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The Superior Court hears only matters that are proceeding by way of indictment (more serious charges) and hears trials with or without a jury. In a matter that is proceeding by way of indictment you have a right to preliminary enquiry in which the Crown has to prove that they have sufficient evidence for the matter to proceed to trial. Trial lawyers have to be skilled in questioning witnesses and knowledgeable about the law. In addition, preparation for trial is crucial to the presentation of evidence and argument. 



Sentencing

If you plead guilty, or are found guilty following trial, the law recognizes many factors that a judge must take into account when determining a proper sentence. Ian will work with you to ensure that the court is aware of all your mitigating factors, plus what steps you are taking to ensure that you are not before the courts again. For those who have committed offences because of an underlying substance abuse or mental health problem, it is important to show to the court that you are taking steps to treat those problems. Judges have a great deal of discretion in sentencing. It is important that you have experienced counsel to making submissions to the court on your behalf in order to get the court to exercise its discretion in your favour.