*2024 Results: Approx. 99% of Mark Zinck's clients avoided a criminal record (conviction) for charges of theft, fraud, assault, mischief and threats.

Guelph Criminal Defence Lawyer

We defend Criminal Code charges laid by Guelph Police.

Our criminal lawyers defend charges for all Criminal Code offences in Guelph court. If you have been given an Undertaking, Appearance Notice or Release Order you have been criminally charged and should hire a lawyer now to defend your case. Your lawyer should be the first person to talk to the Crown Attorney.

Criminal charges laid by Guelph Police will normally be heard at the courthouse located at 36 Wyndham St, Guelph, ON. Most first appearances are scheduled in room 2. The accused may also have a fingerprinting date at the police station prior to the court date. If we are able to get the charges dropped or you are later found not guilty, we may be able to get your fingerprints destroyed later.

Our lawyers have experience defending criminal charges in Guelph court. In every case, our goals are clear:
  1. Negotiate a deal to have the charges dropped/withdrawn, discharged, or some other resolution that is acceptable to the accused; or,

  2. Defend the charges at trial to raise a reasonable doubt with the judge or jury and secure a verdict of not guilty.
Whether the accused is worried about a lengthy jail term or a criminal record, our lawyers can help put their case on the right track from the start. Our clients are often students and working professionals looking to avoid problems with their employment, immigration/IRCC status, and ability to travel to the U.S. and other countries.

We proactively work to avoid problems by dealing with the right people, using special applications, and employing effective case management from the start.

Our Guelph criminal lawyers defend all Criminal Code charges including domestic/IPV allegations, sexual offences, DUI, and theft/frauds.

We defend all types of Criminal Code charges in Guelph, however some case types are more common than others, including:

Domestic charges of assault, utter threats, mischief, and criminal harassment

Our lawyers defend all forms of assault charges in Guelph. Domestic aka intimate partner violence (IPV) charges are common because the police have a policy to always lay charges (even if unwanted by the complainant). In a lot of our cases the accused and the alleged victim want to reconcile and have contact again right away.

Our lawyers thus work with the Crown Attorney to try to get the no-contact conditions lifted to allow the parties to communicate again. The #1 way we can help is to represent the accused, but we also provide affidavit services to complainants looking to help after charges have been laid.

Sexual offences including sexual assault, child pornography, sexual interference, luring, indecent acts, and voyeurism.

Those charged with sexual assault or other sexual offences face potentially many years in prison if found guilty. The court can also impose mandatory sex offender registration and conditions/restrictions for life along with a criminal record. It is extremely easy to be falsely accused of a sexual offence in Canada. These potentially life ruining allegations must be vigorously defended.

DUI, impaired driving, failure or refusal to provide breath sample

All forms of DUI / impaired driving will result in a criminal record by law. Mandatory jail sentences are required for offenders with even one prior DUI, but this can sometimes be served via house arrest (conditional sentence).

There are many ways for defence lawyers to defend DUI charges in court, including Charter and erroneous police procedure applications that may be the key to an acquittal or getting the charges dropped (or reduced to an HTA careless driving). Our Guelph DUI lawyers are available to help you now.

Theft, fraud, possession of property obtained by crime

Whether you are charged with shoplifting, stealing from your employer, vehicle theft, insurance fraud, or any other stolen property related offence we can help. The Crown may agree to drop all charges in some cases if your defence presents strong enough mitigating factors for their consideration. It is not always in the public interest to prosecute and jail the accused.

Our criminal defence lawyers proactively work to find weaknesses in the Crown’s case that can help get the charges dropped, reduced down, or acquitted.

In every Criminal Code case, the defence can examine all of the evidence held by the Crown prior to trial. Properly scrutinizing the evidence (aka disclosure) includes carefully screening the file for:
  1. A lack of evidence or reasonable prospect of conviction
  2. Inconsistent statements, missing timelines, inaccurate dates
  3. Exculpatory evidence, including CCTV videos and text messages
  4. Charter breaches and other legal technicalities
We will raise any discovered case problems with the Crown Attorney during the Crown Pre-trial (CPT) and Judicial Pre-trial (JPT) processes to try to convince them to withdraw (drop) the charges. We are very familiar with the Crown Attorneys in Guelph and will always try to discuss your case with a Crown we feel will fairly evaluate the appropriateness of continuing to prosecute you.

In any criminal case, you should hire a defence lawyer to carefully manage everything from the start. Our lawyers also provide assistance with IRCC immigration applications, U.S. travel admissibility, and defending professional disciplinary complaints resulting from the charges.

If you have been criminally charged in Guelph, give us a call now at 647-228-5969 for a free consultation.

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You don't have to jeopardize your future or waste thousands of dollars on excessive legal fees. We provide effective and affordable lawyer representation for those charged with criminal code offences throughout Ontario, Canada.

Have a skilled criminal lawyer who focuses on criminal defence law in Guelph court protect you and your future from the stigma and consequences of a criminal record and conviction.

    call now: 647-228-5969


Your case will be defended by a fully licensed Practicing Lawyer of the Law Society of Ontario. For more information about our lawyer, click here.

We provide our clients with:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • 99%+ non-conviction success rate
  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration/IRCC issues
  • Employment background check advice/services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • Clear goals of getting charges dropped and bail conditions varied without a trial
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Experienced, focused counsel

* Please note:

If you are not a paying client, we cannot answer questions and provide assistance about avoiding jail and/or a criminal record, employment background checks, IRCC/immigration applications and status, or travel to the U.S. in the future. This includes those who have already retained other counsel and those whose cases have already been completed.

We only can respond to calls and emails relating to current Ontario criminal cases. Please see our FAQ for a listing of the courthouses we service.

Are you a lawyer? If you are defending a criminal case and are looking for expert advice regarding possible defences, case strategies, and information release management call us at: 647-228-5969.

Please note: We do not accept legal aid certificate cases. All clients are handled on a private retainer only.

*2024 Results: the percentage of 99% of clients avoiding a criminal record (conviction) stated on this page is based solely on Lawyer Mark Zinck's personal representation of approximately 2000 criminal defence case clients as of the year 2024. Past results are not necessarily an indication of future results.


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   Criminal Information:

   We provide:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • 99%+ non-conviction success rate
  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration/IRCC issues
  • Employment background check advice and services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • A clear goal of getting the charges dropped without a trial
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Timely resolutions
  • Lawyer/client privilege
  • Experienced, focused counsel