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BERNSTEIN LAW GROUP | Hamilton, ON
From the comfortable heritage building and convenient James St. location close to the courthouse, we at Bernstein Law Group provide legal services for all criminal charges, personal injuries, real estate transactions and legal aid. We also specialize in mental health issues.
Our founding lawyer, Stephen Bernstein, has over 30 years of trial experience as well as a great deal of experience mentoring other lawyers. Working alongside him is an experienced and caring staff.
We are often at the centre of serious and controversial cases; no case is too big or small for us to take on. We understand that it is an extremely stressful and confusing time for our clients whether they have been criminally charged or injured. We treat all clients with dignity and respect and appreciate what is important and at stake for each of our clients as individuals.
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Bernstein Law Group Practice Areas
Criminal Law Firm in Hamilton, ON
With more than 30 years experience at Bernstein Law Group, we are here to defend your rights and freedoms with compassion and dedication at all times. We handle all aspects of criminal law from Highway Traffic Act charges to impaired/DUI to domestic violence, assault and drug charges.
We also have extensive experience working with mental health and capacity law as well as Aboriginal issues. If you are facing criminal charges or facing involuntary confinement for mental health reasons, contact our office for a FREE consultation.
Personal Injury Law
Personal Injury Law Firm in Hamilton, ON
Being injured due to the negligence of someone else can be an extremely stressful and confusing time. We have an experienced and compassionate legal team here to help guide you through the process and take over the stressful communication with your insurance company.
We will protect your rights while ensuring you receive the treatment and financial compensation you are entitled to. Our focus is on you and your needs mentally, physically, and financially.
Legal Aid Lawyers in Hamilton, ON
Legal Aid Ontario is a service in our province that helps individuals retain a lawyer who otherwise may not be able to afford one. Legal Aid lawyers provide a service to our communication that is critical to maintaining the core principles of our justice system.
Bernstein Law Group accepts Legal Aid clients and helps provide a voice to those lower-income individuals who require proper representation.
Criminal Defence Law Practice Areas
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES
Our clients come to us with a wide variety of personal situations, from arguments that have spiralled out of control to long-standing family disputes. We work to find the best solutions for you and your family.
From possession to trafficking and grow ops, we handle charges involving a wide variety of controlled substances, including marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs.
Youth & adults are treated very differently in the court system. If you or a family member has been charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, we can help you navigate the youth system and take advantage of the opportunities offered.
These involve both impaired driving and offences under the Highway Traffic Act. The HTA includes speeding, reckless driving, driving without a licence and traffic violations such as running red lights.
It can take months or years for your charge to get to trial. Wherever possible we ensure that those months are spent outside of jail, with as few restrictions on your liberty as possible.
Theft, robbery and other property-related crimes may involve challenging evidence issues. We will strategize on the most effective defence, which may involve getting serious weapons-related charges dropped in favour of a lesser charge.
These charges, which include Internet sex crimes, are particularly sensitive and difficult for many of our clients, and the long-term consequences of conviction may be more serious than expected.
Whether these involve weapons used in other crimes, such as theft or assault, or standalone charges involving owning unlicensed firearms, we will discuss your options and protect your rights.
MENTAL HEALTH & CAPACITY/CONSENT LAW
Our lawyer sits on the panel of the Consent and Capacity Board, and can help defend the right of clients to not be confined against their will for mental health reasons.
“Your Town. Your Lawyers”
When people are seeking our services it is usually during one of the most stressful times in their lives. Whether you were injured or being charged with a crime, we are here to help you.
We treat all of our clients with the respect and care that they deserve. We aren’t afraid to put in long extended hours to ensure you and your families have the best possible case.
Bernstein Law Group has over 30 years experience. Our Lawyers devote their lives to their clients and are often found at the office after hours and on the weekends, especially for clients experiencing emergencies such as bail hearings.
We take on several serious and controversial cases, treat each client with dignity and respect, and pursue criminal defenses creatively and diligently.
We accept Legal Aid and our Personal injury cases are taken on without any upfront costs to you. We do not get paid until we settle your file and you receive payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
You suddenly find yourself criminally charged, perhaps in the custody of the police station—it is critical you know your rights and contact a lawyer. When you are arrested, you have certain rights.
You have the right to remain silent (but you must provide your name, address and date of birth to police); the right to a lawyer; the right to free legal advice; among other rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is in place to protect you from such things as unlawful arrests and detentions and our duties as lawyers if the bring those arguments to life throughout the court process.
It’s important that you exercise certain rights in certain situations and contact a lawyer forthwith. Read More...
Defence of impaired driving and/or driving over the legal limit of blood alcohol level is a very serious criminal offence with sometimes very serious consequences.
Namely, increased insurance premiums, a hefty penalty by the court and a criminal record. It is imperative that you seek competent counsel to minimize the troubles that typically may follow these charges. Read More...
Defendants charged with a crime are almost always best served by obtaining a lawyer. Often times, if finances are low, and the Crown has screened a file for jail time, a defendant make have a lawyer provided and retained by Legal Aid.
Our office understands the importance to represent clients without many means, and we welcome clients of private retainers and those accepted to Legal Aid. The short answer to the question above—you may very well need a lawyer. Read More...
Many of our clients ask, and it is perfectly fine to wonder, what is my case worth and how does a personal injury settlement look? In personal injury cases, such as if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, monetary damages are paid to an injured victim, commonly referred to as the “plaintiff”, by the at fault party known as the “defendant”.
The defendant is responsible for the accident, and often times their insurance will step in their shoes and defend the action. In Ontario, approximately 90% of the cases will settle before trial. Read More...
Personal injury cases are legal disputes between two or more parties, when one or more persons suffer harm from an incident of which someone else may be legally responsible.
A personal injury case may settle before it reaches the formal civil court process or throughout the proceedings. Although rare, sometimes a personal injury claim will go to trial. Read More..
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