Dylan Finlay, Lawyer

>>Dylan Finlay, Lawyer
Dylan Finlay, Lawyer 2020-05-07T22:43:27+00:00

Cell: (647) 986-8077
Fax: (855) 492-2808   Email: dylanfinlay@ocdlaw.ca

About Dylan Finlay

I am a criminal defence lawyer and Managing Partner of Oykhman Criminal Defence (OCD), Toronto Branch. OCD Law is a Full Service Criminal Defence Law Office, with central offices in Victoria, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

Since 2016, I have exclusively practiced criminal defence. In that capacity I have successfully defended hundreds of clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and Alberta Provincial Court, and have assisted other members of our team on countless more, from mischief to murder.

Approach to Advocacy

I am a natural and persuasive advocate. No two cases are the same. Advocacy is an art that applies creativity to legal knowledge. One of the biggest advantages of our services is that you don’t just get my help; you get the collective assistance and experience of our entire organization behind me. At every step of the process, we look for opportunities to add value to our clients through strategic thinking and creating solutions.

Knowing the law is important, but it’s only one part of the process. At OCD Law, we know how difficult and stressful being charged with a criminal offence can be. We pride ourselves on not only securing the right result, but giving our clients peace of mind along the way. Our team approach to legal representation is client-rather than only law-centred. I work hard to be accessible to clients, whether by phone, email, or text message.

We work hard to get to know our clients so we can better advocate for them. It is important that I get to know your background, your family situation, your employment status, etc. The more we know, the more effectively we can represent your interests to the police, the prosecutor and the judge. In turn, I’d like you to get to know me so you are comfortable and confident with the representation you receive. Schedule a free consultation with me to understand how I can apply my creativity to your unique case.

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Community Involvement and Outreach

Beyond assisting individual clients, I try to educate the public at large about their rights and legal obligations. To that end, I have been published on criminal law topics from drug-impaired driving to the diversion program. I have also appeared on the Toronto radio program to comment on the constitutionality of mandatory alcohol screening and hosted a seminar on changes to impaired driving laws.

During the COVID19 pandemic, I was published and was widely interviewed on the Province’s Emergency Order that closed park amenities. My personal experience during the pandemic helped shed light on the issue for many Torontonian’s, and indeed for all Canadians.

Education, Accomplishments and Career Path

I earned my Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (HBA) at the University of Toronto and my Juris Doctor (JD) at the University of Calgary.

My drive to assist and educate others sprang up long before I opened the Toronto law office. Even during law school, I was actively engaged in the University of Calgary pro-bono legal clinic called Student Legal Assistance (SLA). Beyond helping many individuals gain access to justice who were below the poverty line, I rose through the ranks of SLA to become Trial Coordinator for the program’s Trial Division.

During Law School, I also regularly contributed to ABlawg (The University of Calgary Faculty of Law Blog). Some of my most notable blogs include the following:

One of the highlights of my legal education was participating in the 2016 Gale Cup Moot competition. It was an honour to be selected by the University of Calgary faculty committee to even be part of the Moot team. Apart from representing the University at the Nationals, I was the top-ranked mooter in my individual moot. Justice Harvey Groberman of the British Columbia Court of Appeal described my ability to respond to questions from the judges as “dynamic”.

Post Law School, I articled (apprenticed) with Savage Oykhman Law, one of the top criminal defence firms in Calgary. In 2017, I brought my advocacy style to Ontario courtrooms when I returned to Toronto (where I was born and raised) to open the OCD Law Toronto office.

What I can do to Help

Every day, I continue to represent all types of clients, and all types of Criminal Charges. Fortunately, I am able to keep my rates very competitive, and even occasionally assist people on Legal Aid (for those who can’t afford a private lawyer). I have a particularly strong focus on

With the support of our criminal defence lawyer network across the country, there is no file too small or two large for me to handle.

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, contact me for a Free Consultation and give me the opportunity to explain what I can do to help.

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Yamila Zeledon
Yamila Zeledon
15:32 06 Aug 21
I'm extremely satisfied with the work Dylan Finlay has done. My situation was looking grim but Dylan guided me through... the process and we received the best outcome I could have hoped for. Highly recommend the firm and Dylan Finlay.read more
Kyle Spicer
Kyle Spicer
22:03 29 Apr 21
I would like to start by saying thank you to Dylan Finlay for all the great work he has done for me, I thought I was... going to be dealing with a criminal record for the rest of my life and he managed to get me a criminal discharge on my case!He is on point and very professional, I would highly recommend Dylan Finlay to anybody who needs help with their criminal charges!Thank you once again Dylan!read more
Arun kumar
Arun kumar
19:31 04 Mar 21
I approached Okhyman Criminal Defence Toronto which I found online. Extremely happy with service, professionalism and... excellence of Dylan Finlay.Really happy with the outcome. I would highly recommend Dylan Finlay!read more
22:43 04 Nov 20
Dylan Finley handled my case. Right from the start he was polite, professional, attentive and he delivered on all of... his promises. I had a case where it was looking really bad for me. I did everything Dylan told me to do and he took care of the rest. My life was filled with stress and worry about the case. Dylan handled my case like a pro and I received the outcome that I desired. I highly recommend Dylan to anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer. He has changed my life and given me the opportunity to have a bright future. All you have to do is:1) Hire Dylan.2) Listen to Everything Dylan tells you.3) Leave everything else to Dylan. He won't let you down.read more
mathews SAJU
mathews SAJU
04:16 10 Sep 20
One of the best lawyer and a professional who I got a chance to deal with! He was so quick and affordable. Without his... help I would have not been able to survive in Canada. I really wish him good luck for his future.🙏🏿read more
Allama Bhuiyan
Allama Bhuiyan
02:15 08 Sep 20
Dylan helped my family so much we are very grateful for his services. He was quick and very fair with charges.
Melissa anderson
Melissa anderson
21:18 16 Jan 20
Dylan Finlay is an professional and effective criminal defence lawyer. Dylan was my lawyer for an assault charge and... was excellent throughout the entire process. He advised me how to turn myself in and what to expect, and then helped me build a case while I waited for trial. He was responsive to my emails and his confidence and knowledge relieved my stress. Furthermore, he was reasonable priced for the quality of defence he provides. I am very thankful for his services and got a favourable result on my case. I highly recommend his services.read more
Rahul Chowdhury
Rahul Chowdhury
23:21 12 Dec 19
Don’t hesitate. Just hire Dylan Finlay.He is the best in the business. Knowledgeable, affordable and always reachable.... I would definitely recommend him for his support and great service.read more
20:54 26 Nov 19
After meeting with multiple criminal lawyers in Toronto I retained Dylan Finlay. My case just ended with a very... favourable resolution after following the legal process that Dylan described at our first meeting. I would recommend Dylan Finlay to my friends and family and appreciate Dylan's professionalism.read more
Ben Fjorka
Ben Fjorka
19:47 06 Nov 19
My lawyer was Dylan Finlay. He was excellent. His advice and professionalism secured me an extremely favorable... outcome in my case. Even more so than I originally thought possible due to some aggravating circumstances. I would highly recommend this firm. Dylan was available throughout the entire process by phone and email. I never once felt like my money was wasted, on the contrary. It was well spent. Going through the court process can be a tedious process. Dylan made the navigation much easier.read more
Pira Suri
Pira Suri
23:02 11 Oct 19
If you need a defence lawyer for anything then Dylan is the person you need to see. I was was facing a very difficult... case that involved assault with bodily harm which I was sure wasn't going to end well for me. However, Dylan presented my case to the judge at trial with great professionalism and with his great expertise in Law convinced the judge that I was not guilty. Throughout my whole ordeal, Dylan had been working behind the scene to built a solid defence for me. This really helped me out because it meant I did not have to get involved and have this problem control my life. Dylan relieved my stress and answered all my questions with the right answers to put me at ease. He was always available when ever I needed and would answer my emails right away.My words here cannot truly describe how great Dylan is, but I would highly highly highly recommend him to defend your case!read more
Omer Khan
Omer Khan
19:33 22 Jul 19
Dylan Finlay is an amazing legal representative and person.I was facing a challenging trial. After getting to speak... with Dylan he alleviated all of my stress and concern that burdened me. He provided valuable knowledge and was very intelligent and that eased my stress of the approaching Trial Court Dates . He provided an abundance of research and paperwork, he just had that intelligent edge and legal insight that was commendable. He was very kind and a pleasure too speak with and very personable. Look no further! The legal services provided to me by Dylan was an absolute success. Dylan returned my life back to me. He got me out of a very challenging situation. No matter how much I would thank you Dylan, you are the best 🙂read more
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