Criminal Court Process

  1. Do I have a defence?
  2. Can I avoid a criminal record?
  3. What should I do if I am being investigated by the police?
  4. Should I give a statement to the police?
  5. I was given documents saying I have to go to court.  Do I have to go?
  6. I was told I have to go for fingerprints.  Do I have to go?
  7. What do I do if I missed my fingerprinting or court date?
  8. What happens on the first court appearance?
  9. What is disclosure?
  10. How do I get disclosure?
  11. How long will my case take?
  12. Do I have to go to trial?
  13. Should I just plead guilty?
  14. How quickly can my case be resolved?
  15. What should I wear to court?

Hiring a criminal lawyer

  1. How do I find the best lawyer?
  2. How much does a criminal lawyer cost?
  3. How much does the initial consultation cost?
  4. What is a retainer?
  5. How much do criminal lawyers charge for their services?
  6. What are the payment options?
  7. What should I prepare for my first meeting with a lawyer?
  8. What happens once I retain a lawyer?
  9. Can I be my own lawyer?
  10. Should I hire a lawyer from the same place as where the court appearance is?
  11. If I can’t afford a lawyer, what are my options?

Effects of Criminal Charges and Criminal Record

  1. Will I get a criminal record for my charges? How do I resolve my case with no criminal record?
  2. How will a criminal record affect me?
  3. Can I travel to the US while I have criminal charges?
  4. Can I travel to the US if I get a criminal record?
  5. Can I be deported if I have criminal charges or get a criminal record?
  6. Can I become a Canadian citizen if I have criminal charges or get a criminal record?
  7. Can I get rid of a criminal record?
  8. Can I get rid of my fingerprints and police photo?
  9. Can I plead guilty and not get a criminal record?

Bail Hearing

  1. What conditions will I have if I’m released on bail?
  2. Where can I pay bail and how much will bail cost?

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Michael answered his phone at 10 o’clock at night and he and his associate helped us navigate the intimidating criminal justice system over the next 72 hours. They were available to us 24/7, clearly explained our options at each step and answered all of our questions promptly. It felt like having a guardian angel watching over us. If you have a criminal matter that you need assistance with, this is the man you need to contact.

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I was charged with assault for a minor scuffle. I knew I was in good hands with Michael’s solid legal advice and preparation for my pending case. Because of his knowledge, advice and legal expertise, all charges were dropped. Michael and his team take pride in providing not only the right result, but quality customer service along the way. I heartily recommend Michael Oykhman to anyone seeking legal counsel!

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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.