Hintsa Law

"So glad to have . . . found you – you "shine” in your profession”. A.D.

FAQ

 

Who We Represent

Ms. Hintsa represents adult, youth, Aboriginal, and mentally disordered accused who have been charged by the police, which include, but are not limited to:
 

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Charges

➢ Possession
➢ Possession for the purpose of trafficking
➢ Trafficking
➢ Importing and exporting

 

Criminal Code Charges

➢ Murder, attempt murder and manslaughter
➢ Assault, aggravated assault, assault bodily harm and sexual assault,robbery
➢ Property offences including break and enter, theft, fraud, possession of stolen property, break and enter, shoplifting, personation
➢ Large scale frauds and offences related to the use of computer techology
➢ Weapons charges, including weapons dangerous and all firearm/gun related charges
➢ Driving charges, including dangerous driving, careless driving and impaired driving/over ‘80

Ms. Hintsa also represents mentally disordered accused in respect of fitness to stand trial, as well as criminal responsibility hearings, both before the Court and the Ontario Review Board. 
 

Justice System Information

Courthouse Addresses in Ontario 

Information Respecting the Responsibilities of a Surety 

Ontario Daily Criminal Court Lists  

 

 Mental Health & Addiction Services

Here 24 Seven

 Access to addiction, mental health and crisis can be obtained through Here 24 Seven which centralizes the services of 12 agencies across Wellington, Waterloo and Dufferin counties.

Telephone: 1­-844-­437-­3247
Website: www.here247.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health 

Ontario Review Board

 

Hiring A Lawyer

Should I Hire a Lawyer & Who do I Hire?

If you are facing a criminal charge, no matter how minor, it is important to consult a criminal lawyer in order to understand the charges against you, defences available to you, and the potential effects of conviction. Never plead guilty unless you fully understand your Charter and other legal rights and all options available to you.

If you are facing a serious charge, it is highly recommended that you be represented by a criminal defence lawyer as early in the process as possible.

Qualities to look for in a criminal defence lawyer include excellent communication skills, track record, and negotiating skills, as well as experience representing individuals charged with your specific crime. You may also want to look for a lawyer who practices only in the area of criminal law.

Meet or speak with any potential lawyer and decide if you have confidence in his or her skills and feel comfortable with their analysis of your case. Finding the right lawyer for you is as much as finding a right "fit" as it is finding a good advocate, so trust your gut. There is nothing wrong with consulting with an lawyer and then choosing not to hire him/her to represent you.

Be extremely suspicious of any attorney who guarantees you a specific result in a criminal case.

Your lawyer should be honest about the likely outcomes of your case, good or bad, and should never make promises about guaranteed outcomes.

 ➢ How do I Pay a Lawyer

Depending on the type of criminal charge(s) you face, your lawyer may charge an hourly rate, or a block/flat fee rate.  To ensure the most accurate estimate of the cost of your defense, you should bring all paperwork you have about your case to your initial consultation.

We do not publish a fee schedule, because each case is unique, and so, all estimates are tailored to the specific needs of each client’s matter.

Please feel free to contact me for a free initial consultation, and fees estimate.

If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, in most jurisdictions, low­ income individuals, who are likely to face a period of incarceration upon conviction, can apply for a Legal Aid Certificate, which, if granted, allows you to be represented by your lawyer of choice, at no cost to you.

If out of custody, the application can be made at a Legal Aid Satellite Office, at the courthouse before which the individual must appear. In Guelph, that office is located at 36 Wyndham Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7J5.  The Office is normally open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is closed for the lunch hour between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Legal Aid Applications may also be made via the Legal Aid Ontario Client Service Center at 1­-800-­668-­8258

For those in custody, Legal Aid Applications are made by video conference from the detention center.  Applicants should follow the request process set out by the detention center in which they are incarcerated.

More information about Legal Aid Ontario can be obtained at: www.LegalAid.on.ca