Pre-Charge Legal Advice Lawyers Calgary

What is Pre-Charge Legal Advice and Why is it Important?

This page provides location-specific information on pre-charge legal advice in Calgary. For a broad overview of what pre-charge legal advice is, please see our general pre-charge legal advice page.

Pre-charge legal advice involves the consultation of a criminal lawyer at the early stages of an investigation.

In Calgary, if you have been involved in illegal activity, the police have identified you as a suspect of a crime, or someone has made allegations against you, you can expect to be contacted by the Calgary Police Service who will be seeking further information.

You should not wait until you are arrested or attend the police station if requested, to speak to a lawyer. Rather, you should contact one of our experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyers immediately. Speaking to a lawyer at the early stages of an investigation, including before police have contacted you, can be highly beneficial to the outcome of your case.

Contact our Calgary office and one of our criminal defence lawyers will meet with you and ensure you have a full understanding of your rights and obligations when interacting with the police.

How Our Pre-Charge Legal Advice Can Help You

Pre-charge legal advice can make a significant difference in how a criminal investigation is handled and whether you will be arrested, detained, or charged.

The pre-charge legal advice you receive will vary based on numerous factors. If you have been contacted by the police, it will be important to consider by whom you were contacted and what unit they are a part of.

In Calgary, the Calgary Police Service has 8 district offices and numerous departments including a child exploitation and financial crimes unit.

This can be overwhelming, especially if they begin asking you questions or request you attend a police detachment to speak to them further.

By engaging with one of our lawyers for pre-charge advice, we can explain more about the department who contacted you, what to expect and anything you should be aware of. We can also contact Calgary Police Service and speak to someone on your behalf to eliminate any surprises.

Our pre-charge legal advice package is offered at a flat rate. For information on what this package includes, please see our general pre-charge legal advice page.

Do I Need Pre-Charge Legal Advice Even if I Wasn’t the One Who Committed the Crime?

Unfortunately, individuals who did not commit a criminal offence frequently become key suspects in criminal investigations. This can happen in a variety of ways and can result in severe consequences. For more information, please see our general pre-charge legal advice page.

What’s Next?

With the guidance of our dedicated Calgary criminal defence team, you will have the information you need to protect yourself during a criminal investigation.

If you are interested in seeking out pre-charge legal advice, contact our Calgary office immediately so we can schedule a consultation at the earliest opportunity.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.