Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers


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

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.

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

starMatt Chrisholm

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

starJason Hunter

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.

starKevin Marleau

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Successful Case Results

Break and Enter, Theft Under $5000, Possession of Break-In Instruments, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Charges Withdrawn

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 23500891

Our client was facing a number of serious criminal charges after it was alleged that he had broken into a home and had stolen a number of items.

Upon being retained we immediately sought disclosure, including a fingerprint analysis. We determined that the identification of our client as the accused could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

We negotiated with the Crown and they withdrew all of the charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn

Domestic Assault Charge Withdrawn

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 7620521

Our client was charged with assault against his ex-wife. He was also served with an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that contained several serious allegations.

Once we were retained we immediately sought disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown. We found several extreme discrepancies between the allegations in the EPO and what the complainant told police. We used this to challenge the complainant’s credibility, and the assault charge was withdrawn weeks after our client’s first court appearance.

Successful Result: No Criminal Record, Charge Withdrawn

Impaired Driving and Over .08 Charges Withdrawn

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 7519721

Our client drove through a checkstop, indicated he had some drinks that evening, and was noted to have glassy mirrored eyes and a smell of alcohol on his breath.  He failed the roadside breath test, blew .140 on the evidentiary instrument, and was charged with impaired driving and driving over .08.
Once we were retained, we set the matter for trial and filed a motion alleging a violation of our client’s Constitutional rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Days before trial, we successfully negotiated the withdrawal of all charges.

Successful Result:
No Criminal Record, Charges Withdrawn
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Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.