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Here’s what will happen during your consultation:

Over the course of thousands of client interviews, we have honed and refined our consultation process to maximize the benefits to our clients. Virtually every consultation (whether via telephone, Skype, or in person) follows the same 4-step process, which takes about 30-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the case. We can, however, adapt to any situation. Rest assured, regardless of the circumstances, we will walk you through the process step by step so you know exactly what to expect.

STEP 1: Collection of Information about You to Help You Better

The first step in the process is to gather some personal and identifying information about you. There are three main reasons to collect this information:

  • First, it is important that we have clear and direct lines of contact and communication so things like email, address, and phone number are essential.
  • Second, the Law Society requires that we collect basic information about our clients.
  • Third, and perhaps most importantly, we want to understand you better so we can better help you. Remember that the police and prosecutor likely know nothing about you beyond your name, age, and what you’re charged with. Our job is to show the best side of you and show the real person behind the allegations.

Although some people are understandably concerned about revealing personal information to anyone, rest assured anything you say is confidential and held to the highest privacy standards.

STEP 2: Review of Court Documents

The second step in the process is a careful review of all your court documents (and any other documents you might want to show us that may impact your case). Everyone charged with an offence has at least some basic court documents given to them by the police. It is important to review those documents in detail to ensure we know (and you know) what they say. Specifically, we look for three core components:

  • First, your documents will indicate exactly what you’re charged with.   Sometimes, people see just a number but don’t understand what it means, and sometimes they see only one charge listed, but there may actually be multiple charges included. In either case, once we know for sure what the charges are, we can address the situation appropriately.
  • Second, your documents will indicate when you are required to attend court and/or fingerprinting. Many times, people confuse the court date with the fingerprinting date, and vice-versa. Sometimes, people come to see us and realize they have missed a required appearance and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. No matter what the situation, we can take care of it.
  • Third, your documents will list what conditions/restrictions you are bound by. It is not uncommon for people to misinterpret their conditions, or not realize there are any conditions at all. We carefully review each and every condition to ensure they are manageable, and if not, come up with a plan to change/remove them.

There may be other documents provided by police from time to time (like in DUI cases), or other documents that you might bring along with you, that are important to review. It is important to note that this process is not a substitute for a careful and thorough review of “disclosure”, which is the extensive police information package provided by the Crown Prosecutor’s office. A detailed review of disclosure occurs subsequent to the initial consultation and is part of the second stage comprehensive investigation of the case.

STEP 3: Review of What Happened

The third step in the process is to fully understand what happened through your eyes. Whenever possible, and if you haven’t already done so, we will try to distill your storyline to writing.

Generally, we want to understand the background and lead up to the allegations. Sometimes it’s as simple as understanding what happened earlier in the day; sometimes it’s important to understand what transpired weeks or even years leading up to the charges.

Next, we want to understand what actually happened. That is, what were the step-by-step words and actions taken by everyone involved. Think of it almost like a script to a movie; the more detail, the better.

Finally, it is important to understand what happened after the alleged offence. Was there further contact with the complainant? Were you questioned by the police? Did any new information come to light since the incident?

This part of the process typically takes the longest to go through during a consultation. Sometimes the case is more complex than what can possibly be covered during a 1-hour consultation. In such circumstances, we may want to schedule a follow-up meeting or ask you to provide further information in due time. To maximize our chances of getting through everything, we would encourage you to write/type out everything you can think of related to the incident so we can focus on filling the gaps, rather that writing everything for the first time.

STEP 4: Explanation of Court Process, Fees, and What we can do to Help

The fourth step is explaining what’s next, and what we can do to help. We understand that for most people, this is the first time having any contact with the criminal justice system. You might not be sure what to expect, what will happen in court, how long things will take, how much everything will cost, and whether there is even any hope. Rest assured we will go through every step and answer every question to make sure you understand the process and feel confident in the value we can add to your defense. No matter what the circumstance, if you have been charged we a criminal offence, we know we can help. Give us a chance to tell you how.

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With the assistance of Elena Ryland, my charges have been withdrawn! Elena is compassionate and incredibly... understanding. Despite being charged during a pandemic, she made the whole process so simple. I strongly encourage anyone to retain Elena and trust in her and the rest of the team at Savage Oykhman!read more
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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
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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
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01:06 29 Jan 20
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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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