Have you been charged with a criminal or driving offence in Nanaimo or surrounding areas?
At Johnston Franklin Bishop Lawyers, we are here to help.
There are three different kinds of offences.
- Summary offences – These are less serious offences, usually with a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail. Examples include many driving offences, including impaired driving, refusing to blow, driving whilst disqualified or prohibited, minor theft (shoplifting) and assault matters.
- Indictable offences – These are more serious offences with penalties up to and including life imprisonment. Examples include theft over $5,000, break and enter, aggravated sexual assault and murder.
- Hybrid offences – where Crown counsel makes the decision about how the offence will be handled.
We can act in either the Provincial or Supreme Court in Criminal law matters.
We are pleased to offer a free first interview to discuss your concerns, provide some general advice, and give you an idea of the costs involved if you want us to act for you.
There are no costs unless and until you ask us to act for you.
And if you do us to act, we can assist with payment installments, fixed fees (in some circumstances), and we may be able to take on your matter on a legal aid basis.