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Criminal Law

Being charged with a criminal offence is a scary time, and could have drastic, long-term consequences on your ability to work or travel.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence, hiring a qualified criminal lawyer will be in your best interest to move your matter forward.

Dubinsky & de Bakker have over 30 years experience in providing their clients the best possible defence during their difficult time. Their knowledge of the law, and the criminal process makes them a logical choice in hiring a criminal defence lawyer.

Although based in Thunder Bay, Dubinsky and de Bakker provides service for the entire region of North Western Ontario and regularly travels across the region to different criminal courts.

Often times, clients who are charged with criminal offences are released on bail with conditions not to do certain things. It is important to comply with any conditions set out in a release order. Failure to do so could result in additional criminal charges. It is not uncommon for people without criminal records to get a criminal charge and walk away without a record. However, if they incur a breach waiting for their matter to be resolved, the likelihood of a criminal record gets greater and greater.

Let Dubinsky and de Bakker help navigate you through this difficult time. We have had success in all stages of a criminal process. From assisting clients obtaining bail, to winning trials, having charges withdrawn or winning charter arguments. In instances where a finding of guilt is more likely, we have been successful in obtaining lesser sentences than what the crown was seeking.

Dubinsky and de Bakker services a wide range of criminal clients, and accepts legal aid certificates through Legal Aid Ontario.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long will this process take?
The amount of time it takes for your matter to make its way through the system can vary on a number of factors. It can be anywhere between a month or two for less serious offences, up to several years in more serious cases.

How much will it cost?
Your legal fee is usually determined on a number of factors. If you find yourself in a position to qualify for legal aid, you can pay for our services with a legal aid certificate or through a contribution agreement with them. Check their website to see if you may qualify. If you do not qualify, our fees are determined based on the complexity of your case and the amount of time it will take. If you want a specific quote, please call our office and we would be happy to give one to you.

Will I have to testify at my trial?
No. If you are a defendant you can not be compelled to testify at your own hearing.

Will I still be able to travel to the United States or elsewhere if I’m convicted?
While having a criminal conviction may impair your ability to travel abroad, the United States don’t necessarily have a hard and fast rule about it. The most important thing to do when crossing the border and answering questions is to make sure you understand the question, and answer it honestly. There is a big difference between have you ever been charged with a criminal offence and have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence?

If I’m found guilty, what will my sentence be?
Predicting sentences is one of the hardest things for criminal lawyers to do. The sentences imposed by judges are determined by a number of factors including whether or not you have a criminal record, your personal circumstances, and the particular circumstances surrounding the offence or offences that have brought you before the court.

I have been charged with drinking and driving, what will happen to me?
Being charged with impaired driving, or driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100ML of blood (commonly known as a DUI) can have serious consequences for anyone. If you are found guilty of either of these offences at a trial, you will have a criminal record. You will be subject to a minimum of a $1000 fine, and you will lose your drivers license for one year. In Ontario there are incentives for those charged with these offences who plead guilty at an early stage. If you have been charged with either of these offences, it is in your best interest to review your case with an experienced criminal lawyer before making a decision on how you will proceed. Drinking and driving is an extremely complex area of criminal law, you deserve advise from a competent professional.

My spouse was charged with assault after we had an argument, can we still live together?
Often in domestic type situations, if your spouse was charged with assaulting you, crown attorneys will release them on strict conditions. One of those conditions could be not to have any contact, communication, directly or indirectly with you. Breaching release conditions while charges are still pending could result in another criminal charge for your spouse. It is important they hire a criminal lawyer who can assist in this process. Release conditions can be amended before the matter is complete, however, these would need to be approved by a crown attorney, or ordered by the court after a hearing.



Working with Dubinsky Law office during such a difficult time really helped put me at ease. They were there for me throughout the entire court process. From getting me out of jail to having my charges thrown out, I was definitely satisfied with the service I was given and would use them again if I ever had to.