In a free and democratic society governed by the rule of law, it is imperative to separate criminal defence counsel from the alleged misdeeds of their clients.
Criminal defence counsel do not advocate or approve of criminal misconduct. Counsel defend due process, not criminal behavior - they protect the constitutional rights of accused persons enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms through vigorous advocacy on behalf of their clients. Regardless of the nature of the allegations, counsel ensure that accused persons are treated fairly and have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations at each stage of the process.
The role of defence counsel does not include facilitating or encouraging illegal activity. Clients who insist upon pursuing an unethical or illegal course of action in a criminal proceeding will soon find themselves without further assistance from counsel.