Clients often call with this particular question. That question is what to say at an early resolution meeting. A very difficult question for us to answer for two reasons. One, we are licensed, we are trained, and we are experienced in dealing with that particular meeting. Two, I can only assume when a question like that is asked that a client is considering representing themselves.

When number two happens when a client is trying to represent themselves and they’re asking a question on that significant what to say at an early resolution meeting, I get concerned. I get concerned because I know from years of experience, there are things to say and there are things not to say, and the last thing you need to be doing at that particular meeting is helping the crown prove the case against you.

When you are unrepresented or when you are not experienced at doing this type of thing, a common problem is you help prove the case against you. I will get into this particular issue on another video, but one of the things that could happen is you simply have a torn to the jurisdiction. So what can happen is the crown may lose the jurisdiction over you, over the offense. And that might be a big win for you. But if you show up at that particular early resolution meeting and you get on the record, you might have cured a phenomenally difficult problem for the crown to get over. You might have proven the case against yourself by not knowing what exactly you should be doing.

So although I do appreciate the question, I do in most cases point clients to the fact that you need to have someone review what is going on here. We need to take a look at that disclosure. We need to know what the case is against you. And when we get into those types of questions, the right answer is you’re gonna need someone who has experience, who is proven to be successful in dealing with answering that specific question.