If you’re in trouble, our lawyers can help.

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 their 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

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.

Why Choose Us?

Our firm has over 500+ five-star Google reviews across Canada.

We are one of the largest criminal defence teams in Western Canada.

Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined legal experience.

We have defended clients in over 10,000 criminal cases.

We offer flexible payment structures and fee plans.

Our team is available 24/7 to provide help and support.

Practice Areas

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is one of many criminal driving charges that can be filed against drivers in Calgary. It is also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence charges are serious offences in Canada and often result in jail time. These charges are deemed to be domestic in nature if they involve violence against either a family member, or a current/former romantic partner.

Violent Offences

Violence charges are charges that result from alleged offences between people. These include assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault and other related offences.

Drug Offences

Drug charges are those offences which arise from an interaction with an illicit drug or substance. These can range from possession, trafficking and distribution to the more serious crimes of importation and manufacturing.

Youth Offences

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is a Canadian law that was passed in 2003. The law aims to rehabilitate young people and reduce the rate of youth crime by focusing on prevention, diversion, and rehabilitation.

Administration of Justice

The “Administration of justice offences” include the Criminal Code violations of failure to comply with conditions, escape or help escape from custody, prisoner unlawfully at large, failure to appear, breach of probation, and other offences against the administration of justice.

Criminal Driving

Criminal driving encompasses multiple motor vehicle offences in the Criminal Code, and is different from charges under the Traffic Safety Act of Alberta.

Assault & Threats

Assault is a serious charge that can result in prison time. The maximum penalty for an indictable offence could be 10 years behind bars; while summary conviction offenders could face 18 months of incarceration if convicted.

Sexual Offences

Sexual offences refer to a number of charges including sexual interference, exploitation and most commonly sexual assault. A sexual offence is committed when the complainant did not consent to the activity that forms the subject-matter of the charge.

Property Crimes

Crimes against property are serious charges in Canada. The offence usually includes breaking & entering, being unlawfully in a dwelling, mischief, theft, robbery. trespassing at night, and forcible entry.

Traffic Crimes

Traffic Offences and Traffic Violations are breaches of Provincial Legislation that can result in very significant fines, lengthy driving suspensions or jail time.

Pardons, Record Suspension

A record suspension allows people who have proven themselves to be law-abiding citizens for a prescribed number of years, to have their criminal records kept separate and apart from other criminal records.

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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.

Why Choose Us?

Client Reviews

Michael Oykhman is a very professional lawyer and the first time I spoke to him he asked about my situation and he gave me some very helpful advice and assistance and also told me his odds of winning this case. During the days I was in contact with micheal I could feel the level of professionalism of him and his team, he is able to respond back to you with any questions you have within 24 hours. In the end he was as successful in helping me win my case as he had initially promised me.If you are still struggling to find a lawyer, I highly recommend Michael Oykhman.

R.W.

Please give yourself a favour and contact Mr. Michael Oykhman if you need any legal advice or if you are in a terrible situation. Even-tough, the odds are not in your favour, still they will go extra miles to help you out in bad situation and get you favourable outcome. Moreover, They will work on your file even after the business hours. I don’t have words to say thanks to Mr. Michael oykhman and Kiran Cheema who had worked on my file and get me out of trouble. I’m very grateful for your assistance and exceptional service. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Y.

I am grateful that Ms. Moira McAvoy was my lawyer, and I remain thankful to her for everything. She made a successful resolution to my case possible. Ms. Moira McAvoy is a professional, trustworthy lawyer, and a compassionate person. She is an excellent listener and knowledgeable of the law. From the start, she was an excellent guide. I did not know anything about the legal system and court, and she outlined everything clearly in advance, so I could understand things. She never rushed me through anything. She spoke clearly, explained everything, considered what I said, and provided options and advice. She kept me up to date on new information, requirements, and deadlines. She was always positive and this helped so much.

C.S.

Ryan Patmore and his team are simply the best. I was bullied by CPS in 2020 and it landed me with three separate charges, assault, refusal to blow and DUI, which all went down as I was parked at a friends. After some research and a conversation with Michael, he directed me towards Ryan and at the time I didn’t know that would be a game changer in my favour! He is honest, transparent, helpful and a brilliant mind. He successfully appealed my license suspension with ATSB and then proceeded to get the crown to dismiss all my charges before trial. I never had to step foot inside a courtroom. If you are in need of a criminal defence lawyer, don’t think twice, get in touch with this firm and ask for Ryan Patmore! The guy is an absolute saviour.

A.P.

Joseph Beller, from the very beginning when I first contacted and then retained Joseph as my representative I felt I was in good hands. When I emailed him with a question. I got a prompt response. We communicated often on the phone as needed. Joseph kept me informed as to the process. He made sure I knew all the potential results so I knew and could plan for the different outcomes. I know this his his job. But appreciate his professionalism and also his ability to not make me feel any extra stress. Well done.

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Successful Cases

Failure to Provide a Breath Sample

Charge Stayed;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790038

Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample

Charge Withdrawn; Fine

Case Number: 55582522

Refusal to Comply with Breath Demand

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55792555

Impaired Driving

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 59592530

Failure to Provide a Breath Sample

Charges Stayed;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790038

Impaired Driving

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55592573

Domestic Assault Causing Bodily Harm

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55592538

Domestic Assault with a Weapon

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65690236

Assault Charge

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790026

Domestic Assault with a Weapon

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55592575

Assault Causing Bodily Harm

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 5518551

Criminal Harassment

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 7619881

Sexual Assault

Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 55592585

Indecent Act

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 35370056

Voyeurism Charges

Charges Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 551866

Sexual Assault

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55572393

Solicitation of Sexual Services

Charge Stayed;
Alternative Measures Program

Case Number: 758-190057

Sexual Assault

Acquitted at Trial

Case Number: 37370079

Mischief Charge

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65690248

Mischief Charge

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680192

Break and Enter and Mischief

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 53662253

Theft Under $5000

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 741774

Theft Over $5000

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 44470290

$5000 Graffiti Ticket

Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 25280075

Possession Charge

Alternative Measures;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 2250086

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Charge Withdrawn;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790045

Possession of an Illegal Substance

Alternative Measures;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 32360030

Two Counts of Possession

Conditional Discharge;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 541783

Possession Charge

Alternative Measures;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680165

Three Counts of Possession

Alternative Measures;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 2250117

Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm

Charge Stayed;
No Criminal Record

Case Number: 22290272

Speeding Ticket

Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 25280119

Operation of a Vehicle Contrary to Restriction

Ticket Withdrawn

Case Number: 9583794

Stunting Ticket

Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 25280046

Pedestrian on Roadway and Intoxicated in Public

Tickets Withdrawn;
No Fine

Case Number: 25280202

Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident

Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 21280212

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Frequently Asked Questions

All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  • Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  • Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  • Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  • Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  • how complex your case is,
  • how serious the charges are, and
  • how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so the fees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

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