What’s Next – Start Your Defence Immediately

If you are reading this, you have already taken the first steps to defend your case. Because each case is fact specific, it is important to get legal advice on what you need to do in your particular case. There are, however, a few general things you should do as soon as possible:

  1. Write down in detail, and preferably in chronological order, what happened. There should typically be three main aspects to your statement. Focus on the circumstances leading up to the incident, what actually took place during the incident, and what has happened since the incident. Use maps and diagrams where applicable. Make sure you put a date on the statement;
  2. Ask any witnesses who have any bearing on the case to write down their version of events;
  3. Keep an ongoing journal of any dealings associated with your case so you can update your lawyer accordingly;
  4. Collect and maintain all documents issued to you by the police, the courts, or anyone else associated with your case;
  5. Take pictures of anything relevant to the case, whether it’s pictures of the scene, specific items, or yourself; and
  6. Start thinking about collecting information and documentation that casts you in a positive light, including any accomplishments in school, work, and your community.

Although at first this list might seem overwhelming, remember that this is all meant to help you. A big part of the stress of being charged with an offence is feeling like there is always something you need to do, and stressing out because you delay doing it. You can relieve much of that stress by doing the initial ground work.

Once you retain one of our criminal lawyers and provide us with the initial information, we will send you a letter advising that we are retained. We will be attending court for you and dealing with the Judge, the Crown Prosecutor, and the Police. It is important to note that the first court date is generally a procedural appearance. That is, nothing substantive happens that day. There may be several such appearances. We will attend as many of such appearances as are necessary to obtain and assess all the relevant information before taking a next step. We will obtain the police information package which outlines the case against you. We will review the information and discuss the case with you, and with the Crown Prosecutor. From there, we will determine what to do next. One of the immediate benefits of having us as your lawyers is that you will not have to come to court or do anything further until we inform you otherwise.

Indeed the only thing you have to keep vigilant of is that we always have your most current contact information. We cannot stress enough the importance of having clear lines of communication. Always contact our office to advise of changes in address, email, or phone number, and of any extended trips you are planning which might make communication difficult.

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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.

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.