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Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers

If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Calgary, you need legal advice. Our team of Calgary criminal lawyers has defended thousands of criminal cases at all levels of court in Alberta.

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Being Charged with a Criminal Offence

Being accused of a crime may be the most stressful event you will ever experience in your lifetime. If you are reading this, it is likely that you or a loved one have been arrested and charged by the police. Your reputation has been tarnished, your liberties have been restricted, and now you have to defend yourself in court. You’ve been through a lot, but unfortunately, this is just the beginning.

Next, the government will use all of the resources at its disposal to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. With unlimited money, power, and resources at its disposal, they have the means to see this through.

We understand that being merely accused of a crime can be extremely stigmatizing. But being found guilty can lead to its own host of significant ramifications. Even if you are not sentenced to a jail term, a criminal conviction can have profound consequences on your future, such as:

  • Loss of employment,
  • Loss of family and friends,
  • Loss of immigration status,
  • Loss of opportunity, and
  • Loss of personal self-worth.

As hard as it may seem, remember that you are presumed innocent throughout this process and that you are doing the right thing by exploring your legal options.

Having a Lawyer on Your Side

Navigating the criminal justice system is overwhelming. Up against the government’s unlimited resources, mounting a successful defence can feel like an insurmountable task.

This is where we can help. Our job is to level the playing field, or better yet, turn the odds in your favour. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power”. One of the first things we will do is help you understand your rights and the defences available to you. You have a right to know every detail of the allegations against you, and we will work with you to uncover and scrutinize every aspect of your case.

Choosing the Right Legal Team

What really sets us apart is our team approach. Collectively, we have successfully defended thousands of cases across multiple provinces and at all levels of court. With offices in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, our criminal defence lawyers regularly attend court all across Canada. When you hire one of our lawyers, you get our whole legal team and the collective wisdom and experience that comes with it.

Unlike sole practitioners, with us you effectively get multiple lawyers for the price of one. Someone is always around to have a second look or offer a second opinion. Especially in an emergency, there is always someone available to help.

Our team of criminal defence lawyers is constantly researching and writing about the latest and best legal defence strategies. We also have a unique opportunity to interact with Criminal Court Judges and Crown Prosecutors across jurisdictions on a daily basis, thereby remaining current on the latest practices and procedures employed by the justice system.

Client-Centered Approach

Defending your rights is not just about knowing the law. We believe that understanding your story is of utmost importance as well. Every case is different, and every client has individualized needs. We will always take the time to meet with you to learn about your personal circumstances and priorities, so that we can represent you better.

Our lawyers are passionate about criminal law and are fully invested in those we represent. No matter the situation, we never lose sight of our clients’ interests. Furthermore, with open lines of communication, you can count on us to keep you informed every step of the way.

Flexible Fee Structures

Given the current economic climate, we understand that times are tough for Canadians. As such, the first consultation is free of charge. Beyond that, we offer flexible fee structures and aim to accommodate every budget.

Having a diverse legal team also allows us to offer a broad range of fees without compromising your defence. We always have the ability to pair the right lawyer to every client, and every budget. The best part is that no matter who you hire, you will receive the full benefit of our collective wisdom and experience.

Contact us for a Free Consultation

If you’re not quite ready to hire a lawyer, that’s ok. Take the time you need and do your research. To that end, we encourage you to explore this website to gain a better understanding of:

  • The charges you are facing,
  • The consequences that can follow, and
  • The ways you can defend the charges.

However, if your research stops here, our parting advice is this: Don’t deal with your charges alone. Obtaining at least minimal legal advice is crucial to help you avoid the worst consequences of a conviction.

We’re here to help you. When you’re ready, contact our team of Criminal Defence Lawyers servicing Calgary, every court center across Alberta, and beyond. Let us earn your business and prove that we are the right legal team for you.

Michael Oykhman Criminal Defence Lawyers
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Gia A.
Gia A.
21:46 27 May 21
Michael Oykhman is an amazing lawyer. He is very knowledgable of the law and strives to give you the best outcome. I am... grateful that I was able to have Michael take care of my DUI case. He was straight forward, easy to communicate with and understanding of my financial situation. He was able to get my charges dropped and all my tickets withdrawn. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone in need of a more
Ali Saeed
Ali Saeed
15:10 17 May 21
My case was handled by Joseph Beller. He is very responsive and kept me up to date about any progress in my case.... Through his expertise, we were able to reduce 2 charges that would result in 13 demerit points and more than $1000 in fines to a single charge with 3 demerit points. I would definitely recommend him to more
Gwen Draude
Gwen Draude
21:54 04 May 21
I have never hired a lawyer before so I relied on Google reviews to help me choose the right representative.The... reviews are correct, because Joseph Beller was amazing to work with.He responded immediately when I first contacted him, and assured me the matter would be solved promptly & easily.He was true to his word, and the legal issue ended up being completely withdrawn.I would highly recommend Michael & his team to help you with any legal more
Darcy Muhizi
Darcy Muhizi
22:59 20 Apr 21
I highly recommend Joseph Beller for everybody. He helped me with my case, He was straightforward and honest about my... chances.He was very caring and if I had any questions he would answer them for me and making me feel better about the situation I was in. I'm really impressed with how fast it was solved they are also very reasonable with price ranges varying and will work with you so you can afford it. Again I am very thankful for all the helpful things you’ve done for me. I am very happy with how my case turned out. Thank you Joseph and the rest of the team for being there when I needed it more
d pacman
d pacman
16:27 26 Mar 21
This is Calgary's best.If I could leave 10/5 stars I would.. my road was really long and trying at times but I stuck... it out and I am forever grateful for the work that was done by Michael and his team. I cant thank them all enough for their hard work. Anyone reading this that might feel like they are having a rough time and might not see a light at the end of the tunnel make the choice get some advice and start with this firm. You will not regret it!read more
20:42 08 Feb 21
I can't begin to describe my gratitude for Michael and his team! Having never been in a position like this before, I... couldn't have asked for a more professional team that delivered results beyond my expectations. They prepare you for the worst but truly strive for the best, which is what the outcome ended up being. Because of their team, I was able to get my life back and there's absolutely no price you can put on that! Thank you SO SO SO much Michael and team!read more
Ayden Coulson
Ayden Coulson
16:08 05 Feb 21
I highly recommend Micheal Oykman Criminal Defense Lawyers!!! I had the pleasure of Joseph Beller taking on my case and... helping me easily understand the choices I had and we quickly came to a resolution and my charge was dropped!! He was very caring and if I had any questions he would answer them for me and making me feel better about the situation I was in. I'm really impressed with how fast it was solved they are also very reasonable with price ranges varying and will work with you so you can afford it. Once again I am over the moon happy with how my case turned out. Thank you Joseph and the rest of the team for being there when I needed it more
Reemon Soro
Reemon Soro
19:55 02 Feb 21
Being my first time in a legal situation things seem to be heading for the worst but, thanks to Crystal everything was... resolved in the best way possible. In general I was treated very well and everything was explained to me perfectly. Would definitely choose to work with them again if need more
kamyar jooya
kamyar jooya
06:46 13 Jan 21
My son was fined with a speed ticket close to Calgary during a summer trip and ordered to appear in court. We are... residing in Edmonton. I just accidentally found Oykhman law office during a google search and decided to give them a shot. My son’s speed at the time of event was unusually high. That was our first experience dealing with such a situation and were very uncertain about the outcome. We received a very professional, responsive and cost effective service, and finally a great result. Joseph Beller was the young, motivated and exact Oykhman firm’s lawyer who accepted and represented our case. During the case follow up, communication with Joe was smooth, right to the point, on time and more
way barrows
way barrows
16:53 04 Jan 21
Can’t say enough about this firm and Greg Janzen. They were so amazing and professional on every end. From the first... time I sat down with them until trial and the finish was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The final outcome full acquittal. I would highly recommend Greg and this firm for your council needs. They are beyond more
Tim Ngo
Tim Ngo
18:07 29 Dec 20
I am reviewing Elena Ryland’s services for me as my criminal lawyer for a DUI and refusal charge. She was very... professional and helped me out a lot. She was considerate of my situation and did everything in her power to reach our desired outcome. She was very thoughtful and helpful and considerate of my financial situation going into this case as well. I highly recommend her to people who have to go to court for a driving offence; she was very well prepared. Words cannot describe how much she had done for me and has saved my life in a sense. I appreciate Elena’s every effort to help me clear my more
beth bold
beth bold
01:47 23 Dec 20
Moira McAvoy thank you for your compassion and hard work.I appreciate your diligence, integrity and your good advice... around complicated matters. You were available when we needed you anytime, any day. I would highly recommend you and your firm to anyone who needs legal advice and a lawyer that would back them up.Thank you more
Black Mesa
Black Mesa
02:55 21 Dec 20
I was facing a criminal charge. So I googled up criminal defense Calgary, and this business came up. No regrets, best... decision ever. As soon as I paid my retainer. All my problems disappeared! I hired Joseph Beller. Very professional, very polite, and wants to help. He made sure, I got on all my important legal things. He made sure I was on time with all my appointments. But most importantly, he made all my charges go away! So happy now ☺️👍 Give these guys a chance like I did. You'll be happy like I am 😊read more
Aaron Bidochka
Aaron Bidochka
17:32 17 Dec 20
Mr Oykhman was clear and concise with me with concerns I had about our situation. He made us feel well taken care of,... and we were in good hands. We will be back if the services are neededread more
Adam M
Adam M
23:06 14 Dec 20
Michael is an outstanding man, and an even better lawyer. His professionalism and knowledge of the law is matched by... none. He successfully defended my case and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is in need of a more
Cory Hoskin
Cory Hoskin
00:53 11 Dec 20
Michael was a pleasure to deal with. He was very quick to respond and answer all my many questions. Michael was very... understanding and easy to deal with. I would recommend him to anyone.Thanks so much Michael for all your more
Mike Vukic
Mike Vukic
18:58 28 Nov 20
I'm a firearms owner who ran into a little trouble with a wrongful accusation concerning me and my firearms.I... contacted this firm and retained Crystal McGraw (My new hero) . Crystal defended me excellently and tactfully and had the judge see the truth and rule in my favor.This could have turned out to be a huge negative life changing experience for me had the judge ruled in favor of the crown. I am extremely happy that I retained Crystal and the firm, they made me feel safe and supported.I highly recommend this firm, and especially if you need help with any firearms related issues.. 👍👍read more
22:24 16 Nov 20
I am beyond thankful for Crystal McGraw professional quality services and extremely satisfied with all the hard work... and doing an excellent job. Special thanks for the wonderful team/ Amie Watkins. Highly recommended for my friends and family. Thanks for everything Crystal! Kudos!!!read more
Rodney Tetreault
Rodney Tetreault
18:20 10 Nov 20
I have had Mr. Oykhman or others in his firm represent me three times now and on all occasions the issues were fully... resolved and in my favor. On the first on any pending charges were withdrawn, on the second one I received the results I was hoping for and on the third one the results far exceeded any expectations I had and the charges were withdrawn. This review is especially for the third charge which was for a DUI I was charged with in December of 2019. I retained Mr. Oykhman to represent me directly due to the severity of the situation. In the Spring of 2020 Mr. Oykhman and I went over the evidence files. The information was very incriminating, and the 911 reviews were damming and embarrassing. My original trial was for June 2020 but because of COVID it was postponed till Nov 2020. I was on my way to Calgary via the bus as I expected to have my license pulled again after the trial. Michael called me on the way to Calgary and informed me he had negotiated with the crown prosecutor and that the charges would be dropped, I was completely shocked at this! His service throughout this case was second to none. He always replied in very short order to any queries I had. I have confidence that once Mr. Oykhman is retained everything will be resolved and more than likely in a favorable way because he understands the issues at hand and how to use the technical areas to his/my advantage. I highly recommend Mr. Oykhman or any others in his firm to anyone that wants hands off and stress-free legal services. In my experiences with him and the firm the outcome in all 3 events were extremely favorable, far better than I deserved. Mr. Oykhman is extremely versed and VERY WELL TIED IN with the judicial system. I will never think of hiring another criminal lawyer more
Morgan Slusar
Morgan Slusar
20:17 16 Sep 20
Highly recommend. I’ll be breaking the law again for sure.
17:08 11 Sep 20
5 StarVery quick respondVery kindVery reliableVery calmVery reasonable
Takara Seki
Takara Seki
17:05 11 Sep 20
Elena was amazing with helping my father and his DUI charges. Even though my father’s English isn’t very strong she... explained everything as clearly as possible and was calm throughout the entire process. She made us feel like everything was going to be okay and responded very quickly to any questions or concerns we had. We really appreciate her help throughout this difficult time and would highly recommend her to other clients with similar more
Jonathon Himann
Jonathon Himann
20:19 13 Jul 20
I have nothing but praise for Oykhman. Their customer service was top notch. Joseph Beller was able to phone me back... within minutes of me leaving a message on their machine. He explained the possible consequences and calmed me down mightily. The whole conversation was extremely professional, from the receptionist to the email follow up. I would have no hesitation recommending more
Brittany Collins-Berthelot
Brittany Collins-Berthelot
14:43 26 Jun 20
Elaine was amazing from the start, she made me feel very comfortable and trusting of her. The staff was very... professional and caring. I would highly recommend Elaine to my family and more
Brendan Mcdonald
Brendan Mcdonald
16:15 16 Jun 20
I have had Mr. Oykhman represent me twice now and on both occasions the issues were fully resolved having all charges... withdrawn. His service is second to none. I know once Mr.Oykhman is retained that everything will be resolved and in a favorable way because he will take care of the issues at hand. I highly recommend Mr.Oykhman to anyone that wants a stress free encounter and piece of mind knowing their issues will be takin care of, and in the end the outcome will be favorable. I would never think of ever hiring another lawyerread more
Chey Panda
Chey Panda
21:27 28 May 20
I highly recommend Crystal McGraw's services as she is very professional, non-judgmental & reliable. Crystal will keep... you updated every step of the way & will work hard to get you a positive outcome for your case. Thank you for all your help!read more
Conrad Taupert
Conrad Taupert
15:08 28 May 20
Elena Ryland was compassionate and empathetic. She immediately validated my emotions and calmed me down.I found her to... be extremely motivated. She got all my charges dropped. I highly recommend more
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19:42 27 May 20
I Had an accident right before Christmas last year an ended up getting a handful of criminal charges. Michael an his... team worked hard an got all charges dropped including an impaired. I’m thankful for his effort an would highly recommend!read more
Mark Paolo Ramos
Mark Paolo Ramos
16:23 04 May 20
After months of dealing with Crystal Mcgraw, Ryan P and Amie I have nothing but utmost respect for their... professionalism and hardwork. I was dismissed from my case and now can breathe normally as I can get my life back to normal. I would definitely recommend these folks to take care of your cases and you will be satisfied with the work that they will put into your more
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
00:35 24 Apr 20
Thanks to Ryan for doing a great job, and for providing a sense of support and professionalism. My charge was stayed,... which is about the best result I could have hoped for, and better than I expected. Thanks to Crystal as well for everything she did, and for delivering me only good news, and to Amie for the communications she provided. All around very happy with everything, hopefully I never require their services again. 😉read more
Craig Stange
Craig Stange
15:35 23 Apr 20
I am going through an extremely difficult divorce and my ex made a power move by making an allegation against me that... involved the police and the start of a three month investigation. Upon the advise of a former RCMP member who is a good friend I engaged the Services of Michael to help with the investigation phase and contact by the city police. His services in dealing with the investigation and guiding me through this is beyond value. I would highly recommend his team. I am pleased to report that with his guidance the matter was dropped before charges, money well invested. If you get contacted by police your first call should be to his more
Daniel Araia
Daniel Araia
00:55 22 Apr 20
If anyone is looking for professional legal lawyer I’m hardly recommending to anyone to Michael Oykhman with his team.... Trust me you will get quality service with professionalism from Michael Oykhman and all his team. Thanks to you all for your time and commitment I’m totally satisfied with all your hard work keep doing good job guys more
David Prosser
David Prosser
14:42 08 Mar 20
After two years of dealing with Greg Janzen on my charges I have nothing but the highest regard for the... professionalism, expert knowledge, guidance, and personal courtesy. I would highly recommend him to my closest friends and family. A great job well done. Thank more
Haifaa Rofail
Haifaa Rofail
23:06 05 Mar 20
5 stars, Everything worked out very well, very timely in dealing with my matter. All responses fromGreg Janzen and his... assistant where professional and helpful. I would highly recommend him. A really good lawyer ! Very happy with my outcome. All my charges was more
Josh Hawryluk
Josh Hawryluk
01:24 27 Feb 20
Very satisfied of the service I received getting off my charge. Looking for a criminal lawyer? Theses are the guys, I... did not have to appear in court, I only had to make one visit to the office, and the rest was all handled my by lawyer (Elaine). They did an awesome job for me and excellent customer service,read more
Marty Maksymetz
Marty Maksymetz
02:51 31 Jan 20
I highly recommend going with this team. From the moment that I stepped into their offices, I knew that I was in good... hands. I had the privilege of working with Elena Ryland as my attorney and I couldn't be happier. She was extremely professional and well-educated on the subject matter. She was able to negotiate a deal that favoured all parties more
jay xu
jay xu
01:06 29 Jan 20
Words cannot express my gratitude to Michael, he helped me out of a difficult situation and resolved the matter... unbelievably quick. Michael provided quick professional insight, and showed great compassion working to resolve my matter over the past year. The knowledge, experience, and compassion Michael is clearly the best in Calgary. Michael also has a vast network of grade A lawyers and recommended a fantastic criminal lawyer to help me with my case. I would highly recommend his more
18:39 11 Dec 19
I got in touch with Michael Oykhman directly based on the complexity of the legal matters I was facing. He was... incredibly professional and gave me a great deal of confidence and knowledge that it would be handled to his best efforts. The results were exactly that, the best desired outcome and a huge weight taken off me during a dark time. I would highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone looking for the best outcome possible!read more
Jessica Rafuse
Jessica Rafuse
22:50 15 Nov 19
I was first able to speak to Michael Oykhman himself and felt understood and confident that his staff would take care... of my legal matters. I am happy to report that not only have my matters been resolved but they were exactly in line with my desired outcome. I never felt like I had to compromise my position regarding the events that lead to needing legal services. While my initial junior associate couldn't oversee my file to completion, my gratitude goes to Greg Janzen who took on my case midway through and advocated for me and saw my charges withdrawn in a timely matter. Greg went the extra mile to show up for my appearances even when they were outside the initial legal matter at hand, which surprised me and made my life so much easier. I was out of province for 5 months of the year and thanks to Greg was able to focus on my priorities instead of being limited and interrupted. If your considering a lawyer or in doubt about the value of legal services, do yourself a favor and consult this firm. While there are many names to consider, if you find yourself needing criminal defense lawyers, I am so thankful I made the decision to have this firm represent me.They have been supportive, understanding and expedient. I also saved money and appreciated that I wasn't hit with hidden fees and wasn't footing a bill that was inflated or unwarranted. You definitely get great value! I also super appreciated the face time and timely communication at each turn. Not only were my charges withdrawn but so too were my fingerprints and photos with police destroyed so it's like nothing ever happened. A dream come true. Excellent customer service from start to finish on top of the legal support! Thank-you all so much, and while I hope not to need you in the future, I know I will be in good hands and will refer anyone in similar circumstances to your firm in the future. Cheers!read more
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Glowing Reviews From Our Clients

Excellent service! I would highly recommend going with this team. If I ever need assistance with anything of this manner again, I wouldn’t hesitate to call or email the team at Oykhman Criminal Defence again.


Everyone was very professional and understanding. They explained everything and put me at ease. Any question I had were answered right. If you need help I’d highly recommend this law firm.


These guys are the best. They fought for my impaired driving charge, even when I thought they crown had me dead to rights they got me off! Amazing to deal with. Fair pricing for the outcome. I can’t say enough about how they helped change my life for the better! Do not hesitate to use them!


Michael Oykhman was my defender when I was falsely accused of a crime. It was an incredibly stressful time for me and my family. But he was able to set the record straight and get everything cleared up during the investigation stage; preventing any charges for even being laid against me and clearing my name. Michael is absolutely the very best, and he and his team genuinely care. They are good people that you can trust.


If you are facing a serious criminal charge, your best decision will be to hire Ryan Patmore! I was faced with a very serious sexual assault charge and didn’t know where to turn. When I looked for a defence Lawyer I found Ryan Patmore at Oykhman Criminal Defence Law. From the first time we had a meeting; Ryan put me at ease, and then took care of absolutely everything… When the trail finally happened, Ryan did everything in his power to prove my innocents to the charges against me, and turn my four day trial into one and a half days, in my favour. Once I seen Ryan in the courtroom, he surpassed all my expectations and for that I want to sincerely thank him and highly recommend him to anyone faced with a life altering charge and needs an experienced lawyer to fight for them.


Getting a lawyer was the best thing that I could have done. Elaine was the most helpful in every way . She was always there if I had any questions or concerns. She won the case . It was taken care of very quickly. She took care of everything for me and I’m very thankful to have hired her. Our last meeting was very convenient for me as well. She was out of the office that day as she was not feeling good. But yet we had our meeting over the phone which is more than I could ask for. I would definitely recommend Elaine to anyone that needs a defence lawyer.. very understanding of my concerns and easy to talk to. Thanks you so much.


I am going through an extremely difficult divorce and my ex made a power move by making an allegation against me that involved the police and the start of a three month investigation. Upon the advice of a former RCMP member who is a good friend I engaged the Services of Michael to help with the investigation phase and contact by the city police. His services in dealing with the investigation and guiding me through this is beyond value. I would highly recommend his team. I am pleased to report that with his guidance the matter was dropped before charges, money well invested. If you get contacted by police your first call should be to his office.


I was charged with a DUI and through Google search I found Oykhman Criminal Defence Law. In no time at all I had a consultation with Michael. I was feeling utterly defeated and had little hope for a positive outcome. He explained the legal aspects of the situation and presented all my options. Two days before my court date, he called to let me know the charges had been dropped. I don’t know how he did it but I am very thankful that I had Michael as my defence lawyer


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.

If you’re in trouble, we can help.

We approach each problem with three essential elements: strategic thinking, creative solutions, proven results.
Our process is designed to get you the best outcome for your case.

A Small Sample of our Successful Cases

Pre-Charge Legal Advice, Sexual Assault Allegations, Charges Not Laid

Our client received a call from the police regarding sexual assault allegations against him. The allegations pertained to the sexual activity that happened approximately two years prior to the day of the call. Our client was shocked and apprehensive about the possibility of the charges being laid.

Upon being retained, we conducted a comprehensive review of the situation with our client, explaining all the rights and option available to him. Most notably we made sure our client knew that any communication with the police can be used against him. After a thorough review of the situation, we determined that it was in our client’s best interest that we share his version of events with the investigating officer. The critical details we provided about the sexual encounter led the investigating officer to determine that no charges were warranted, and to conclude the investigation.

Successful Result: Investigation Concluded, No Charges Laid

Acquitted at Trial of Sexual Assault Charge

Our client and his ex-girlfriend both slept at a friend’s house after a house party. A few days later, his ex-girlfriend reported to the police that she had woken up during the night to our client engaging in sexual activity with her without her consent. Our client was charged with sexual assault and maintained that the activity in question had never occurred.

We reviewed the Crown’s case against our client and identified notable discrepancies between the complainant’s version of events and the other witnesses’ statements. Our client plead not guilty and we proceeded to a three-day trial. The Crown called three witnesses to testify, while our client testified as the sole defence witness. At the conclusion of the trial, we successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that our client was the person who had committed the acts reported by his ex-girlfriend. The trial judge found our client not guilty and acquitted him.

Successful Result: Acquitted at Trial

Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Charges Result in Common Law Peace Bond

Our client was charged with sexual assault and domestic assault in relation to his common law girlfriend. Their arguments had been escalating and she called the police. She stated during a police interview that our client had assaulted her and sexually assaulted her over the course of their relationship. Our client maintained that while they argued a lot, he never assaulted her in any way.

Our client instructed us to set this matter for trial so he could prove his innocence in court. We encouraged our client to work on his sobriety, as his alcohol use had been an issue in his relationship. The complainant eventually told the police that her words had been exaggerated and taken out of context, and that she did not want to see our client prosecuted. We used this weakness in the Crown’s case in our negotiation discussions with the Crown. Ultimately, we persuaded the Crown to resolve our client’s charges with a Common Law Peace Bond.

Successful Result: Common Law Peace Bond, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Resisting Arrest and Mischief to Property Charges Withdrawn

Our client was charged with resisting arrest and committing mischief to property after he was detained by the police on the street for public intoxication. Our client suffered significant injuries during his detention, was not provided with an opportunity to speak to a lawyer, and was held in cells until the following afternoon.

Upon being retained, we reviewed the disclosure and immediately began making every effort to obtain a copy of the CCTV footage capturing our client’s arrest and detention. We also began collecting evidence of our client’s injuries. We set the matter for trial. We filed a Charter Notice in which we advised the Crown we would be arguing that our client’s Charter rights were violated by the failure to disclose the cellblock footage, by the police’s excessive use of force, by the police not giving him the opportunity to contact a lawyer, and by the police detaining our client for significantly longer than necessary or justified in the circumstances. As a result, the Crown withdrew the charges on the day of trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Charges Withdrawn

Our client was charged as a result of an undercover operation that targeted him as a potential drug dealer. After being under police surveillance for some time, he was arrested when an undercover police officer called him and asked him to purchase cocaine. When he went to the meeting place to complete the exchange he was arrested for possession for the purposes of trafficking. Upon searching him following his arrest, the police also found a large amount of cash and charged him with possession for the purposes of trafficking. Our client never followed up with his charges, and left the province after he was released. Several years later he found that there were outstanding warrants for his arrest on this matter, and he contacted us to defend him with respect to these charges.

We ordered and did a thorough review of his disclosure, and found a number of significant weaknesses in the case against our client. We discussed these weaknesses with the Crown prosecutor prior to trial, and the Crown withdrew all charges as he realized that there was no likelihood of succeeding at trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Theft Over $5,000 and Trafficking Stolen Property Charges Withdrawn

Our client worked at a construction company that stripped metals from old buildings. Over the course of several months, copper wiring started to disappear without explanation and our client’s employer accused him of stealing it and selling it himself. Following a police investigation, our client was arrested and charged with theft and trafficking of nearly $70,000 worth of copper wiring. He was also fired from his job and sewed in civil court by his former employer. If convicted, he faced a lengthy prison sentence due to his position of trust, and a likely condition requiring him to repay all $70,000.

Upon being retained, we worked together with our client’s civil lawyers to fight the allegations on both fronts. We did significant analysis of the case against our client and pointed out to the Crown Prosecutor that much of the evidence was circumstantial and our client had credible explanations to address the accusations against him. We began resolution discussions with the Crown and as a result, all charges were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Breaking and Entering, Robbery, Possession of a Break in Instrument, and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose Charges Withdrawn

Our client was arrested and charged after he was allegedly found inside the complainant’s house with a wrench, and holding some of her property. It is alleged that our client came home with her children and found our client, who was unknown to her, coming down her stairs. She pressed the button on her home security system, and the police attended the scene shortly thereafter.  The complainant described our client to the police, and video footage from a neighboring property caught images of him entering and leaving the complainant’s home.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. Prior to trial, we began negotiation discussions with the Crown and were able to point out detrimental weaknesses in their ability to prove the identity of the offender. In response, the Crown withdrew all charges against our client prior to trial, and our client received no criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Impaired Driving, Over 80, and Dangerous Driving Charges Withdrawn

An anonymous civilian called the police to report that our client’s vehicle was being driven erratically. The police located him and noticed that he was unable to maintain the lane and that he was speeding. They pulled our client over and requested that he provide a roadside breath sample, which he failed. Our client was taken to the detachment and he was ultimately charged with impaired driving, driving while over the legal limit, and dangerous driving.

We immediately requested and conducted a thorough review of our client’s disclosure. We set his matter for trial. We identified serious violations of our client’s Charter right to counsel and convinced the Crown that they would not be able to secure a conviction. The Crown withdrew our client’s charges on the morning of trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Immediate Roadside Sanction Cancelled

Our client was served with a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP) because the officer claimed that our client refused to provide a breath sample at the roadside. The officer said our client made nine attempts, but would not blow hard enough or form a proper seal, despite being coached the entire time on how to do it. Our client said he tried his best, and that his failure to do so was not on purpose.

After reviewing our arguments and materials, the adjudicator determined that our client had established the grounds to cancel his NAP. As this was the sole basis for the issuance of the NAP, it was cancelled and our client’s licence was immediately reinstated.

Successful Result: Notice of Administrative Penalty Cancelled

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.

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