It can be stressful, time-consuming, and emotional to confront a legal charge. Criminal matters can have a long-term impact. Various parts of your life – personal and professional can be affected by being prosecuted for criminal charges. You need a Port Coquitlam criminal lawyer to assist – and Dale Melville Law can help you.
Mr. Melville knows what you are going through. We have made it our focus to assist you on whatever criminal charges you may be facing. In fact, at Dale Melville law, we focus exclusively on defending clients charged with criminal offences. If you are in the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, or Pitt Meadows, you can count on Mr. Melville to personally assist you through building a strong defence.
Why work with a local criminal lawyer in Port Coquitlam?
There are several reasons why clients in the Tri-Cities choose to work with Mr. Melville. First, criminal matters in the Tri-Cities – Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, are heard in the Port Coquitlam Provincial Court.
- Dale Melville Law’s office in Port Coquitlam is just off the Lougheed Highway
- Mr. Melville’s office is a 4-minute drive from the Provincial Courthouse
- We have years of experience defending clients at Port Coquitlam Provincial Court
Why work with a criminal lawyer near me?
Our clients have found that choosing to work with a local lawyer has almost always worked out to be more affordable and straightforward. The costs of travelling add up when working with a lawyer based outside of the Tri-Cities, and many lawyers pass on travelling costs in their retainers.
Why Work with Dale Melville Law?
Mr. Melville has a well-earned reputation for offering dedicated and responsible representation for clients in challenging situations. We have experience and necessary knowledge to advise clients on all matters of criminal offences in British Columbia.
You can count on us to offer the advice and support you require at every stage of your litigation. This includes pre-charge inquiries, bail hearings, trial, and appeals. You can count on us to pursue Alternative Measures wherever possible to resolve matters without any criminal conviction recording.
What happens if I get convicted of a crime?
Under Canadian law, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty if you have been charged with any criminal offence. However, the police and Crown will proceed as if you are guilty. They are not on your side and will deploy all their available resources to build a strong case against you to prove your guilt.
They are not on your side and will deploy all their available resources to build a strong case against you to prove your guilt.
You can expect a conviction to have a serious and long-lasting impact on your life if found guilty of a criminal offence. This is true even if you do not spend any time in jail. These are the typical consequences of a conviction:
- Loss of employment
- Inability to volunteer
- Inability to secure new employment
- Inability to travel to US (and other countries)
- Restitution and civil liability
- Loss of driving privileges
- Loss of custody/access to children
- Inability to sponsor visa
Given the potential outcome of a criminal conviction, it is in your best interest to consult with a dedicated and skilled Port Coquitlam criminal lawyer. If any of the above could apply to you, contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Criminal Law Practice Areas
Dale Melville Law, have the necessary resources, knowledge and experience to represent your best interests in a wide range of criminal matters. Mr. Melville has a track record of achieving favourable outcomes for clients in trials. We can help you whether you are looking to plead innocent or guilty of a lesser charge.
Mr. Melville is an experienced Port Coquitlam criminal defence lawyer and can help you in the following matters:
- Assault including Assault with a Weapon/Bodily Harm
- Aggravated Assault
- Uttering Threats
- Confinement or Kidnapping
- Sexual Assault or Voyeurism
- Child Sexual Assault and Child Pornography
- Theft and Fraud
- False Pretenses
- Forged Documents
- Break and Enter
- Home Invasion
- Possession of Stolen Property
- Improper Storage of Firearms
- Concealed Weapon
- Discharge of Firearms
- Drug Possession, Drug Import/Export, Drug Trafficking
- Youth Offences
- Fail to Appear for Court
Dale Melville Law has successfully defended several people facing multiple criminal charges. Mr. Melville is known in legal circles in British Columbia for his excellence and experience in evidence and Charter Rights violations. Some of the other defences are, but are not limited to:
- Mental Disorder
- Diminished Capacity
- Due Diligence
- Defense of Property
- Defense of Others
- Abuse of Process
- Mistake of Fact
Mr. Melville recognizes that facing criminal charges can be an extremely difficult time in an individual’s life. He also understands that you may have several questions regarding your charges, defence, litigation etc.
Work with a Capable Port Coquitlam Criminal Defence Lawyer
At Dale Melville Law, we know that understanding your rights is not enough when faced with criminal charges. You need to obtain the right kind of legal counsel that has enough experience to advocate on your behalf. Take the first step towards dealing with your criminal offence in the right way.
Work with Mr. Melville, a seasoned criminal lawyer in Port Coquitlam, to help you navigate your charges. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation by calling at 604-265-7020.