What is Disclosure and Why Does it Matter?

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By Published On: March 2, 2011

Disclosure refers to the evidence that the prosecutor and the police say supports the charges against you.  It is very important because you are entitled to know all of the evidence against you.  Before the case goes to court, you are legally entitled to know the evidence against you.  If disclosure was not part of the criminal process, those charged with criminal offences would not be able to prepare a good defence.  By knowing the evidence that the Crown and police believe demonstrates your guilt, you and your lawyer can work on a case to fight the charges.

A good lawyer will review the evidence in great detail to see if there is a way to challenge the evidence and try to get the prosecutor to drop the charges.  Evidence can be challenged or determined inadmissible for a variety of reasons and a good lawyer will use every legal argument at their disposal to try to challenge the evidence.  If you are not successful at getting the criminal charges dropped and the case goes to trial, it is possible to try to challenge the evidence in court.  It is important not to give up hope just because your case goes to trial.  In some situations, evidence can still be successfully challenged during the trial.  In either circumstance, disclosure is a very important part of the criminal process and can certainly help in achieving a successful outcome.

The criminal lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth have experience in challenging evidence both in and out of the courtroom.  They have success in having charges dropped and in arguing that certain evidence is inadmissible.  If you are interested in learning more about disclosure and how you may be able to obtain a good defence, contact the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  They will be able to go over your case in detail and will work with you to come up with a strategy towards a successful outcome.

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