Christian Pearce
Criminal Lawyer
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The state makes the laws, polices communities, and prosecutes individuals. When an individual is charged criminally, the critical check on the power he or she faces is a dedicated and effective defence lawyer. Through passionate and intelligent advocacy, I put power on the side of my clients.

My practice is devoted to the defence of individuals charged with criminal and quasi-criminal offences. This includes Criminal Code offences, offences under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and some more serious Highway Traffic Act offences.

Specific offences include, but are not limited to:
• Obstructing police;
• Drug possession and trafficking offences;
• Impaired and other criminal driving offences;
• Shoplifting, theft, and fraud offences;
• Uttering threats, and criminal harrassment;
• Sexual, domestic, and common assaults;
• Weapons, firearms, and robbery offences;
• Failure to comply with bail conditions or court orders.

Being charged criminally is a generally confusing and stressful experience. From the outset, I set out the process clearly, carefully explaining a client’s options and responsibilities. While striving to be a cost-effective and accountable service provider, my primary concern is always the protection of a client's rights, reputation and freedom.

Specific duties I take on as counsel include:
• Negotiating bail conditions with the Crown;
• Contacting and preparing sureties for bail hearings;
• Visiting clients in custody to provide case updates and gather information;
• Reviewing disclosure (evidence), and requesting additional disclosure when relevant materials are missing;
• Negotiating potential resolution with the Crown, with a focus on diversion options, and reviewing the prosecution’s position with you;
• Preparing and filing constitutional (Charter) motions, defence motions, and other applications;
• Researching and preparing for Crown and judicial pre-trials, preliminary hearings, and trials;
• Helping resolve outstanding warrants;
• Appearing for you in court under a designation (available in some situations);
• Explaining appeal options;
• Assisting with pardon applications;
• Filing civil motions to retrieve seized assets and challenge forfeiture;
• Being available to answer your questions and provide case updates on an ongoing basis.