Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers

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Michael Shaw


A great experience. Very professional and effective. Highly Recommended!

Kevin Marleau


Best lawyer in Calgary hands down! Mike and his team worked hard to get me the best possible outcome! Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed.

Jason Hunter


Michael did a great job. Communication was great and everything was made really easy. I definitely would recommend his services.

Matt Chrisholm


Michael helped me get my life back and was very helpful and kind. I highly recommend him. Thanks again Michael.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence you need legal advice.

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Being charged with a criminal offence may be the most stressful ordeal you will ever experience. You need a Calgary criminal defence lawyer to help! So far you have probably been arrested and charged by the police. Your liberties have been restricted, you have been placed on conditions, and you have to appear in court. You’ve been through a lot, but that’s just the beginning.

Although you are presumed innocent, the police believe you are guilty. Now, the government will use all the resources at its disposal to prosecute you to the full extent of the law. Even if you are not sentenced to a jail term, a criminal conviction itself can have resounding ramifications such as difficulties obtaining employment and hassles with international travel.

In order to level the playing field, you need to know your rights and how to defend those rights. My job is to provide you with that essential information. As an exclusively criminal defence lawyer, I am constantly reading and writing about the latest and best legal defences. I also have a unique opportunity to interact with Criminal Law Judges and Crown Prosecutors on a daily basis, thereby remaining current on the latest practices and procedures employed by the Justice System.

Defending your rights is not just about knowing the law. I believe it is also important to understand your particular circumstances, your history, and your priorities. I will take the time to meet with you and listen to your story so I can better represent you. I know times are tough for many people due to the current economic climate. As such, the first consultation is free of charge.

Ultimately what you decide to do is up to you. I encourage you to explore this website to receive a better understanding of your particular charges, the ways you can defend the case, and the consequences that can follow. However, if all you do is read this page, my parting advice is this: don’t try to deal with your charges alone, and more importantly, don’t do it without receiving at least some kind of advice from a criminal defence lawyer.

“I hired Michael in October to represent me on a domestic matter.He was very professional and fair as he successfully guided me through my options and timely completion of my case.He actually gave me a break on the original quoted prices.I would recommend Mr. Oykhman to anyone.”
P.S. – December 2014
“It took one person 6 weeks to destroy our Daughter and her future. Michael took the time to listen and successfully gave her the future back. Michael’s professional approach and dedication to his profession and those he represent is beyond measure. We are grateful.”
M.D. – Dec 2014
“Michael successfully represented me in my DUI case. It was a very difficult and stressful time in my life and Michael’s professional manner was very reassuring. His extensive knowledge of the law is outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing legal representation.”
J.C. – Sept 2014
“Michael is the best lawyer I can ask for to represent me! He is very caring, kind, thoughtful, experienced and knowledgeable… … all characters you can name to be an outstanding defense lawyer. Michael was prompt in answering all my emails and questions in an honest, sincere and professional manner with detailed advice addressing my concerns. He is a great person with respect and honor. He helped me to have all charges dropped today successfully with no conditions which are beyond my expectation! He has given me a second opportunity on life essentially by all his hardworking and efforts. I and my family greatly appreciate what Michael and his team has done to achieve the best outcome. I would strongly recommend Michael to anyone who needs a phenomenal criminal defense attorney on their side.”
J.K. – August 2014
“Michael came highly recommended by a few of my peers and he did not disappoint. Despite the difficulty of my case and the new laws and procedures making it more difficult to get DUI charges withdrawn, we were successful and all charges were dropped. I highly recommend Michael’s services to anyone who requires them.”
W.Y. – March 2014
“I would also highly recommend Michael. He represented me professionally and successfully. The charges against me were dropped. He is a very good lawyer.”
R. – March 2014
“I recommend Michael Oykhman to anyone who requires a criminal lawyer. He is professional, non judgmental and he looks out for his clients best interest. I was in more trouble after I attempted to represent myself (do not attempt to do that) and his knowledge, skills, and dedication to me took the weight off my shoulders. If i ever require a lawyer in the future then it will 100% be Michael Oykhman. You won’t find a better lawyer in the City of Calgary.”
C.P. – February 2014
“I highly recommend Michael. He’s a great lawyer, he acquitted me, always easy to reach and he also made sure I got all my belongings too. Very Satisfied!!!!”
N.M – February 2014
“It was an absolute pleasure having Micheal represent me successfully in my 3rd DUI case and I would happily recommend him to anyone requiring a lawyer. Thank you again Mike!”
“Michael has successfully represented me in a couple of cases of which I am extremely satisfied. Dealings with him are extremely professional and straightforward with a high degree of integrity. I would highly recommend him.”
“I recently had Michael as my lawyer he was extremely professional and had my charges dropped. I was very satisfied with the way he handled my case and highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great lawyer.”
“Michael was very truthful with me and devoted a lot of time and energy into every aspect of my case. He responded promptly to any of my concerns, and was very personable and patient in explaining any legal matters with me. Very pleased with the outcome of my case and I would highly recommend Michael to anyone experiencing legal troubles.”
“I was very satisfied with Michael’s services. He represented me professionally and successfully. All charges were dropped. In spite of a busy schedule, he always conducted himself in a kind and patient manner. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone requiring a lawyer.”
“Michael recently represented me in court and he successfully won my case by dropping ALL charges that were under my name. I knew from the very beginning that my case was very difficult and hard to achieve. From the time Michael took my case he was honest, patient, and extremely professional. He truly takes his cases and does everything possible to get the BEST outcome. I couldn’t believe what he had achieved with my case and I am very grateful for his services. I would recommend Michael’s services to anyone who requires a lawyer in any criminal offence.”
“It is with pleasure that I recommend Michael’s services to anyone. Back in June 2011 I was charged with DUI and through his work all charges were withdrew by the Crown. A weight has been lifted and I can carry on with my daily routine without having this constant thought going through my head.”
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