Criminal Defence Lawyers in Edmonton and Alberta
Crimes in Alberta vary widely in type and severity, as do the associated punishments.
Even when the crime is relatively minor, a criminal record can negatively impact your life for years, making it extremely difficult to find a good job, housing, or even a loan. A criminal conviction can also affect an existing child custody arrangement.
Don’t make the mistake of trying to defend yourself against criminal charges. The skilled defence team at Chadi & Company has been protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes for 30 years, and we have an impressive track record of getting clients’ charges reduced or withdrawn, or of obtaining pre-trial resolutions, such as the Alternative Measures Program.
Serving all of Alberta, including Edmonton and Northern Alberta, we will fight aggressively and tirelessly to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.
Been Charged with a Criminal Offence in Alberta?
If you’ve been charged with any type of crime, the steps you take immediately following your arrest are critical to the outcome of your case.
The two most important pieces of advice we can give for what to do if you’ve been arrested are as follows:
- Do not speak to the police other than to give them identifying information, such as your name, date of birth, and address. Be polite and cooperative, but it is your legal right to inform the police that you wish to remain silent until you have spoken with a lawyer. Anything you say can be used against you in court, so don’t say anything you don’t have to.
- Contact a skilled Edmonton criminal defence lawyer immediately. Before you make another move or speak another word, consult with a lawyer. Most people are unaware of their legal rights in these situations, and even if you do know your rights, it’s easy to become emotional, reactive, and confused when enduring the stressful experience of being arrested. Your lawyer can ensure that your rights and best interests are protected throughout the entire process.
Looking for an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Edmonton?
Call us today at (780) 429-2300 or request a free consultation if you or your loved one has been charged with a criminal offence in Edmonton or the surrounding areas.
Types of Crimes We Handle
At Chadi & Company, we have successfully defended tens of thousands of individuals charged with a criminal offence.
We represent clients at every level in the province, including the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Court of Appeal of Alberta. The most common crimes we handle include:
Drug offences, such as possession, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, importation, production, criminal conspiracy, and organized crime;
, including all forms of assault, strangulation/choking, criminal harassment, uttering threats, unlawful confinement, sexual assault and mischief;
Violent offences, such as assault, assault with a weapon/causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, manslaughter, and first/second degree murder;
, including driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, refusing to provide a breath/blood sample, and impaired driving that causes bodily harm or death;
Criminal driving offences
, including driving while prohibited, hit-and-run, dangerous driving, and failing to stop for police;
, such as sexual assault, unwanted sexual touching, voyeurism and sexual interference;
Firearms and weapons offences, , including illegal possession, carrying, use, trafficking, and importing/exporting of firearms;
, such as shoplifting, theft, vandalism, criminal mischief, breaking and entering, arson; and possession of stolen property;
Financial offences and civil forfeitures, such as proceeds of crime, fraud, identity theft, uttering a forged document, counterfeiting, money laundering and civil forfeiture.
How An Edmonton Criminal Defence Lawyer Can Help
If you are facing criminal charges, it is in your best interest to seek immediate legal counsel. A defence lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of your case to determine if your legal rights were violated at any point during the arrest, or after you were taken into custody.
An experienced lawyer will gather evidence and witness statements to strengthen your case and weaken the prosecution’s case. Your lawyer may also be able to get your charges reduced, dropped, or obtain a pre-trial resolution if you qualify for the Alternative Measures Program or other resolutions.
Furthermore, while a defence lawyer isn’t a therapist, a good one should be able to help you navigate the legal system and some of the emotions that dominate criminal cases.
After 30 years of successfully defending individuals against every type of criminal charge, our legal team at Chadi & Company has pretty much seen it all. And as tough as we are in the courtroom, we are just as compassionate with our clients. Our defence team understands that people make mistakes.
We are not here to judge. We are here to position you for the most favourable outcome in your case and help you get through this process in the quickest, least painful, and most cost-effective manner possible. At Chadi & Company, we will advocate for you every step of the way.
Contact Chadi & Company Today
If you have been charged with any type of criminal offence, the skilled legal team at Chadi & Company can help. We have been protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in Alberta for 30 years, and we understand how stressful and terrifying it can be to face criminal charges.
Our experienced, knowledgeable, tenacious defence lawyers will fight aggressively and tirelessly to position you for the best possible outcome. It is our goal to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom so that you can move on with your life.