Oykhman Criminal Defence has a variety of lawyers who may be able to assist with your defence. Our lawyers have different levels of experience and fee scales to meet a variety of budgets, and we encourage you to book a consultation to find a lawyer to meet your price point.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, there are several charitable legal organizations that may be able to assist you depending on your charges, the jeopardy you face, and your income.
Legal Aid may be able to assist you if you meet their income requirements, and are potentially facing a period of incarceration if convicted. If you qualify for Legal Aid, your matter will be assigned to a criminal lawyer who will assist you in defending against the charges you face.
Student Legal Assistance is an organization operated in partnership with the University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Student Legal Caseworkers, supervised by criminal defence lawyers including Michael Oykhman, may be able to assist if you are charged with a minor offence and meet their income requirements.
Calgary Legal Guidance is another non-profit organization that may be able to assist you if you do not qualify for Legal Aid. Calgary Legal Guidance is staffed by a combination of lawyers and students, and provide legal representation for low income individuals in a variety of areas of law.
You may also be assisted by Duty Counsel if you attend court without representation. Duty Counsel is funded by Legal Aid and assists unrepresented individuals with individual court appearances. Duty Counsel can speak to the Crown Prosecutor on your behalf to assist you in attempting to secure bail, or in attempting to divert your matter into an extrajudicial diversion program. They can also assist you to enter a guilty plea, or adjourn your court date to give you more time to hire a lawyer.