The speed with which your case can be resolved depends on the type and complexity of the file and on your instructions as to how you would like to proceed. A complex file will result in longer delays in completing your case, since there will likely be a large amount of disclosure and multiple witnesses. The usual upshot of this is that more days are required for trial. Your instructions will affect how quickly your case will be resolved. For example, if you would like to plead guilty in an expeditious manner, your case will take less time than if you want to plead not guilty and take the case to trial. You may have an interest in resolving your case quickly, particularly if you have restrictive release conditions or if your license has been suspended until your case is completed. It is important to express those concerns to your lawyer so they can be factored into the analysis of how best to proceed.
Sometimes, beyond your personal concerns, there may also be strategic reasons to waiting a while before concluding the case, such as showing a pattern of de-escalation or rehabilitation. Alternatively, it may be best to have an expedited trial if, on review of disclosure, it is clear that the prosecution has overlooked an essential piece of information.
You have no doubt heard this before, but each case turns on its unique facts and circumstances. Our defence lawyers look at each case from all angles and custom tailor an approach to take into account the client’s needs and the best strategy in the circumstances. In every case, however, our philosophy is that it’s more important to do it right, than to do it fast. Whether you chose us, or a lawyer in your area, hiring a criminal defence lawyer can assist in moving a case through the court system, and a lawyer can provide you with individualized advice as to the potential benefits and drawbacks of various strategies.