Criminal Defence Areas of Practice

Bail Hearings

A bail hearing is one of the most important steps in the criminal process. Remand facility conditions are often over-populated and harsh with a lack of activities and programming. Because most trials do not occur until several months after the initial arrest, individuals may be held in custody for significant periods of time while awaiting trial.

Sexual Assault Defence

A sex crime charge is one of the most difficult charges a defendant can face because of the monstrous social stigma that’s attached. Even if you are never convicted, the damage done to your reputation, career, and family can be irrevocable.

Physical Assault Defence

Assault is considered a serious offence with heavy penalties, including a criminal record, or occasionally, a jail sentence. This can affect you, your family, and your financial future.

Murder Defence

Murder is the most serious criminal offence and if convicted of murder, an accused is liable to a sentence of life imprisonment. An assault case may be more serious if the offence involves assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, or aggravated assault. These charges attract thorough police investigation, rigorous prosecution, and the most punitive penalties of all criminal offences. Davidson Gregory can represent you across the full spectrum of murder and assault charges.

Drug Possession Charges

Possession charges result in circumstances where the accused has the drug on their person, they have it stored elsewhere, or have knowingly asked another person to safeguard the drug. Knowledge and control of consent are key, as seen in the three possession types outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada

Organized Crime Defence

Organized crime is defined in the Criminal Code of Canada as a group of three or more individuals in or outside Canada whose main purpose is to commit or facilitate a serious offence that is likely to result in financial benefit. As such, many illicit activities may be deemed organized crime as long as there is a minimum of three individuals involved. Examples include identity theft, fraud, human trafficking, sex crimes, and selling illegal narcotics.

Money Laundering

Money laundering is a process of disguising the source of money gained by illegal means so that it appears to come from a legal source. Proceeds of crime is often added to other charges because it can be linked to other charges, including tax evasion, fraud and drug trafficking.

Firearms Possession Charges

Unlike in the United States, Canadian law does not recognize a constitutional right, or even a legal right, to bear firearms. In order to avoid charges, individuals are expected to comply with the Criminal Code and Firearms Act laws and regulations. First and foremost, this means obtaining a firearms licence. If you are convicted of a firearms offence, you will likely receive a criminal record, be subjected to a firearms prohibition order and, depending on the severity of the offence, face imprisonment. When you hire a criminal lawyer to defend your firearms charge, they must have a comprehensive knowledge of Charter rights, and a detailed understanding of statues and of the judicial review.

Fraud and Theft Charges

Fraud and theft both concern the deprivation of property from another person. These offences encompass not just the act itself, but a specific intent to deprive someone of their property. The distinctions between fraud and theft are what make their penalties different. If you are charged with fraud or theft in Edmonton, ensure you talk to a lawyer who specializes in fraud in order to learn how to prevent from being convicted or obtaining a criminal record.

Commercial Crime

Commercial crime, also known as financial crime, is a type of non-violent offence that doesn’t involve violence or drugs. They are usually referred to as “white collar” crimes because they are typically motivated by financial activities.

Although commercial crimes may be perceived as less harmless offences compared to other types, they are treated very seriously by the Canadian government.

Computer & Internet Crime

Have you been accused, or are you under investigation for any computer-related criminal offence? You need a trusted and reliable cybercrime lawyer that can fully understand your rights.

The impact of cybercrime can be profound for both individuals and corporations as they can represent financial damage and reputational loss.

Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography offences are extremely serious charges and often have monstrous social stigma attached. Police employ various investigative techniques to pursue these types of criminal charges. These charges often involve complicated search warrants and seizures of your electronic devices.

Even if you are never convicted of these offences; the damage done to your reputation, career, and family can be irrevocable.

Impaired Driving

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in impaired driving charges. This charge is one of the most common criminal charges, and can affect people from all walks of life. We have represented everyone from doctors and lawyers to professional drivers and bartenders. While impaired driving is a criminal charge, being charged does not make you a criminal. Mistakes happen. Understanding this and limiting the repercussions to you is an important aspect to us acting as your advocate.