Batting, Wyman Barristers are Calgary’s choice for high-end criminal representation. We provide experienced criminal defence counsel in cases throughout Western Canada.Meet Our Legal Team
Our office is devoted to the defence of Criminal Code prosecutions, it is the only type of work we do. We have experience in all levels of court throughout the province of Alberta, as well as multiple appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. We represent clients charged with all forms of Criminal Code offences, with a focus on sexual assault and impaired driving prosecutions. With over 30 years of courtroom experience and a client focused approach, our office consistently delivers unmatched results.
The offence of assault encompasses a wide variety of conduct, not just fist fights. The seriousness of the offence will vary depending upon the severity of the injuries suffered by the complainant. Our office has defended hundreds of individuals charged with this allegation.Find out more
Viewed as crimes of dishonesty, theft involves depriving an individual of their property, while fraud involves a deceitful act that results in a financial benefit. The offences range in severity depending upon the quantum of loss experienced as well as the level of sophistication.Find out more
Operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding .08 is a criminal offence with significant consequences. A conviction will result in a criminal record, fines, driving prohibitions and insurance implications. That said, defences exist.Find out more
Domestic assaults are treated more seriously than allegations where the parties are not known to each other. These prosecutions typically arise from disputes between husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends. Given the family dynamic, there is often a need to act quickly in order to amend the no contact conditions that have resulted.Find out more
This broad offence deals with unwanted contact of a sexual nature. It covers acts that range from groping to non-consensual sexual intercourse. A conviction will often result in incarceration and mandatory participation in the Sexual Offender Registry. While things may seem overwhelming, sex offences are a focal point of this firm.Find out more
Illegal substances are set forth in the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA). Offences range from simple possession, PPT, trafficking, and production. With the existence of mandatory minimum sentences, retaining experienced counsel is an absolute must.Find out more
Individuals under the age of 18 are dealt with in Youth Court. While the Youth Criminal Justice Act has numerous parallels to its adult counterpart, it is important that the young person is counseled by individuals with a firm grasp of the many legislative nuances.Find out more
The Criminal Justice system is a foreign environment to the vast majority of our clients. As such, we provide a comprehensive 30-minute consultation free of charge. During this consultation, our office will explain the nature of the charges and provide a roadmap going forward. For most files, a fee quote will be provided at the conclusion.Contact us
A law firm is only as good as the outcomes they generate. Given the stakes, it is imperative that a lawyer deliver for the client. Our firm’s track record speaks for itself.View all stories
While the lion’s share of our clients retain our services with respect to an incident they’ve been charged with, retaining counsel early on can ensure that no charges ever result. That’s exactly the case for A.C. This client was a local teacher who had been contacted by her insurance provider concerning several claims that had […]
Mr. D. was a successful Calgary business owner that owned a number of taxi cabs here in the city. Over the years, he had developed a strong friendship with one of his employees who eventually assumed some management responsibilities. Mr. D. purchased a camping trailer one summer and elected registered it under the employee’s name […]
Our client retained Mr. Wyman to represent him regarding domestic charges. During the course of an argument with his wife it was alleged that the client trashed the family home. The dispute purportedly involved Mr. I ripping the door from its hinges and throwing the television to the ground. It was also alleged that the […]
Mr. F. was charged with sexual assault in relation to an incident that took place in his Banff apartment. It was alleged that our client sexually assaulted his roommate following her return from work one evening. Mr. F retained our services as he was adamant that nothing improper took place. A. had no prior record […]
Mr. P. had no criminal record and retained Mr. Wyman to deal with his impaired driving charges out of Strathmore. The prosecution was relatively straightforward. Mr. P was pulled over because a traffic violation, he failed the roadside breath test and provided breath samples at the RCMP detachment in excess of the legal limit. Finding […]
Our client was found asleep in the front seat of his vehicle parked up against a road sign. Calgary citizens were concerned about his wellbeing so they called 911. When EMS arrived, 2 bottles of vodka were found on the passenger seat. Upon arrival, Calgary Police officers spoke with the client and immediately placed him […]
Our lawyers attend court everyday to defend clients charged with a variety of offences. Our goal is to deliver the best possible outcome for the individuals that we represent. This can be accomplished by way of a carefully negotiated plea agreement or through an acquittal after trial. While each case differs immensely, our end goal remains the same, deliver for the client.
Batting, Wyman Barristers was founded upon providing exceptional representation to those charged with Criminal Code offences. Our mantra is that there are no unwinnable cases and we pride ourselves in the reputation we’ve built amongst the judiciary as well as our peers. We employ a client focused approach to ensure that the individuals we represent are alive to the ongoing developments of their case and are involved in the trial strategy going forward.
We also have taken the unusual step of limiting the number of files we take on at any given time. Such a practice allows us to be perpetually available to our clients in order to answer questions that may arise during the course of a file.
While our firm’s values are of paramount importance, it’s in the courtroom that our abilities are most on display. We provide unparalleled trial counsel versed in the conduct of serious prosecutions. While the stakes are undoubtedly high, our clients receive the peace of mind in knowing that their case is in the most capable of hands.Learn more about our legal team
“During my case, it became clear to me that I had made the right choice in having Mr. Batting represent me. It was very evident that he was extremely well-versed in the applicable law. Also, I am grateful that he was so very attentive to my case, spending considerable effort to understand the particulars of my case and outlining multiple possible lines of defence. In the courtroom, it was clear that Mr. Batting was much better prepared than the prosecutor and I felt he did a masterful job in questioning the witnesses to elicit the evidence he needed before honing in on any particular line of defence. Imagine my astonishment, after a break in the proceedings during which the attorneys met, when the prosecuting attorney returned and announced to the judge that he did not believe he met the burden of proof on some matter, and then he (yes, he, the prosecuting attorney!) requested that the judge grant an acquittal.”
Again, let me express my gratitude to you………..words just don’t seem enough…..”
Mr. Wyman excels at cutting through the clutter of statements and evidence to not only find the vantage point most beneficial to his client, but to also communicate the elements most critical to the crown counsel. In my case, the crown withdrew all charges prior to court commencing. Personally, being charged with Impaired Driving and Refusal to provide a breath sample; was an overwhelmingly stressful and tumultuous time in my life. You will find Mr. Wyman, and his Legal Assistant Sue Marshall to be respectful and welcoming, professional and responsive, and you can feel confident putting your trust there. To ensure the best representation towards a positive outcome for yourself, your family, or your friends, I feel strongly you’ll be making the right choice by obtaining James Wyman as your counsel.
Mr. James Wyman is one of the best lawyers I’ve ever dealt with in Canada. Mr. Wyman understood exactly my particular issues, my background and dealt with my matter in court in a professional and considerate way. He took time to explain every step, answered all my legal inquiries and exactly delivered what he promised. His ethics, fairness and his support to me during this very stressful time are unmatched.
From the moment I first contacted Mr. Wyman regarding a driving offence, I felt confident that my case was in the best possible hands. His knowledge and experience were very helpful during a stressful time for me and my family. Mr. Wyman is a considerate and dedicated lawyer. I am grateful that he was able to achieve such a positive outcome for me.
My decision to use the services of Batting, Wyman was first based on a need to find a good criminal lawyer to help me with a situation with which I was very unfamiliar. Mr. Battings contact info was provided to me by a family lawyer who expressed confidence in Mr. Battings abilities based on his lengthy career & achievements in law. My first contact and next several discussions with him occurred over the telephone. After my first meeting with Mr. Batting I was very pleased with his demeanor and his professionalism. He took time to hear my situation and was able to explain the reality of the situation and his strategies for dealing with my case. When it came down to the trial date, I found that Mr. Batting was well prepared to deal with the matters at hand and those that arose throughout the proceedings. In preparing witnesses for my defence Mr. Batting was professional & straight forward. (My Potential witnesses later expressed to me their positive thoughts regarding Mr. Batting’s abilities) My potential witnesses were never called to testify on my behalf because Mr. Batting had done such a good job of proving a reasonable doubt to the courts as to the events that brought me to this place & time. Mr. Batting was able to anticipate the various courses of action that the crown prosecutor may take and he was able to clearly explain his strategies & the potential outcomes of each to me. Mr. Batting was called upon to cross examine a witness for the crown that I had particular concerns with due to my relationship with & the young age of the witness. To my pleasure & satisfaction Mr. Batting maintained a professional demeanor and demonstrated empathy toward the young witness. Mr. Batting was able to achieve his goal without damaging the sensitive heart & mind of that young person. I hope I never have the need for such legal representation again but if ever I do, my first call would be to Batting, Wyman. Thank you
The majority of our clients have never been charged with a criminal offence. There is uncertainty with what will transpire and questions surrounding their jeopardy. In recognition of this, our office provides a free 30-minute consultation. In this consultation, individuals will sit down with one of our lawyers to discuss their case. During this meeting we will explain the nature of the charges as well as the process going forward.Contact us
Bail, also known as Judicial Interim Release, is when a person is released, typically with certain conditions, into the community prior to their trial date. If you have been arrested and charged with a less serious offence you may be released with a promise to appear on your court date and no bail hearing is...
Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are treated slightly differently than adults when charged with a crime. As a youth, you have the same rights as an adult, but some allowances are made due to the age of the offender. As a youth, you have the right to know why you are being...
Over the years, our office has represented hundreds of individuals who have been charged with crimes of violence. The strategy for each case differs depending upon the factual circumstances as well as the client’s goals. The most common charge is that of common assault pursuant to section 266 of the Criminal Code. The offence of...
The Alternative Measures Program, or AMP, is a program put in place that allows those who accept responsibility for their crime to complete a series of tasks, such as volunteer work, an apology letter, or whatever is deemed appropriate in their case. Upon the completion of the tasks they are assigned they may have their...
Going to court can be intimidating. Knowing how to look when you appear is one less thing to worry about. What I tell my clients is to dress how you would if you were going to church or a job interview. For a man, that might mean a pair of dress pants and a nice...
Impaired driving law is a subset of Criminal law. The successful defence of such charges is largely constitutionally based. In such matters, the focus is on the quality of the officer’s investigation with the defence seeking to have the presiding judge rule the client’s breath samples to be inadmissible at trial. While such arguments are...