Victim Support & Assistance
Victims of crimes often feel overwhelmed by the complexities of the criminal justice system. Crown attorneys represent the ‘public’ – not you. Crowns are often overworked and are unable to spend significant time with the victim in the course of preparing for a trial.
A lawyer from Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman can help guide you through this emotional and difficult time. We will act as a liaison between you and the crown attorney, always keeping you informed of the status of your case. If charges have not yet been laid and you wish to pursue criminal prosecution, we can assist you in reporting your incident to police or in laying a private Information before a Justice of the Peace. Where charges have been laid but you do not wish to pursue the case in a criminal court we will advocate for you to the crown attorney and advise you of your rights and obligations as a complainant.
ABPS lawyers often receive referrals from other criminal lawyers to act on behalf of witnesses in cases where the crown is not giving due consideration to the wishes of the complainant.
Our services in the criminal justice system are not limited to the related trial proceedings. Where an inquest or public inquiry has been called, the partners of ABPS are available to fiercely and compassionately convey the interests of parties to a these bodies, helping to assure that your voice is heard both by the reviewing body itself, and by the broader public through our access to the media.
A criminal defense lawyer will make every effort to answer your questions promptly and personally – you will not be shuffled around through layers of staff. When our lawyers are in court, our office staff will respond to your concerns immediately and professionally. Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman welcomes the opportunity to be your Toronto Lawyer. Don’t waste time, call now to consult with us.