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Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers

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Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Success Stories

Our practice is devoted to the defence of those charged with Criminal Code offences. We have experience with files ranging from shoplifting to murder and have appeared in all levels of court within the province of Alberta, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. While we pride ourselves on our trial work, many of our cases are resolved without the client having to make a court appearance. That said, a firm is only as good as the results they deliver. Below are some recent cases that have been handled by our office.

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Assault Offence

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S.Y.

Our client was a high end executive in a local oil and gas company. He lived in BC but travelled routinely to Calgary for work. He hosted a work function at a Calgary Flames game where all parties over indulged. At one point, the client left the Saddledome and later attempted to re-enter. Security intervened and it was alleged that the client threw punches at the officers. The client was then put to the ground where allegedly resisted the arrest by police. As a result of this incident, the client received numerous bruises and abrasions. Mr. Wyman was able to negotiate a resolution prior to trial whereas the client made a charitable donation. Following this donation being made, all charges were withdrawn by the crown.

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C.B.

A former client, Mr. B again retained our services to deal with and assault and mischief to property charge out of Canmore. After emerging from a local supermarket, Mr. B. observed a man getting into his car and throw some litter on the ground. Mr. B. rightfully challenged this fellow and demanded that he pick up the trash and place it one of the numerous trash cans. The man refused and our client struck the motorist and broke off his side mirror. Our office was able to negotiate a resolution with Crown Counsel whereby our client made a charitable donation and avoided a criminal record.

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DUI Offence

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K.G.

Mr. G. was referred to our office by his father a retired police officer. Mr. G. had been charged with impaired/.08 offences following an accident on his motorcycle. The collision was a serious one that required the attendance of emergency personnel. Following an examination by EMS the officers brought our client to the police station where breath sample readings exceeded 200 mg/%. After reviewing the evidence, it became apparent that no witnesses would be capable of establishing the time of driving, an essential prerequisite for admissibility of the Certificate of Analyst. The matter proceeded to trial where the Crown was put on notice of this fatal flaw. As the case was no longer salvageable the charges were withdrawn.

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J.F.

A senior lawyer in the city was charged with breaching a no-contact order with his then wife. The client had been referred to our office by other civil counsel. While the charge itself was relatively minor, the implications of a conviction were considerable given the client’s good standing with the law society. Mr. Wyman was successful in convincing Crown counsel that there was little public interest in this prosecution, thus resulting in the charges being withdrawn.

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Theft/Fraud Offence

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S.F.

Our client and her husband came to our office after being charged with a high-end fraud. The investigation led to involvement from the FBI as well as their Canadian counterpart. It was alleged that the couple along with his father had perpetrated charity fraud in excess of 8 million dollars. It became evident that a conflict of interest might present itself and the couple elected to have Mr. Wyman assume conduct of his wife’s defence. The file was document intensive and was set down for a lengthy preliminary inquiry. After reviewing all the material, it became evident that the Crown had no proof concerning any wrongdoing by our client. The prosecutor agreed with Mr. Wyman’s assessment and discontinued the prosecution in relation to Ms. F.

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Drug Offence

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R. v. M.M.

Our client was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking under the CDSA. It was alleged that during a routine traffic stop, police discovered cocaine that was purportedly to be used for distribution. The client was a young mother with no criminal record. The incident was purportedly videotaped by way of ICDV. This case hinged on disclosure arguments associated with this video. When authorities were unable to procure it for disclosure to the defence, the prosecution was terminated.

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DUI Offence

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R.F.

Mr. F. retained our office for a set of impaired driving charges. Significant jeopardy existed as our client had 3 prior convictions for impaired driving and was facing a 120-day mandatory jail sentence if found guilty. The client had returned home in the afternoon after consuming a great deal of alcohol. When he pulled into his street he Mr. F. retained our office for a set of impaired driving charges. Significant jeopardy existed as our client had 3 prior convictions for impaired driving and was facing a 120-day mandatory jail sentence if found guilty. The client had returned home in the afternoon after consuming a great deal of alcohol. When he pulled into his street he

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T.S.

Mr. S. retained our office after Calgary Police arrived at his door with a search warrant. The police had received judicial authorization to search and seize all electronic devices in the client’s home capable of accessing the internet. It became evident upon reviewing the warrant that the officers suspected our client of disseminating child pornography. Mr. Wyman assumed control of the situation and ensured that our client did not provide a statement. He was able to liaise with investigators who were ultimately unable to substantiate their suspicions. As a result, Mr. S. was able to avoid being charged with this most serious of offences.

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DUI Offence

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D.S.

This client came as a referral from a Provincial Court Judge. The Judge’s nephew had been stopped for speeding by the Airdrie RCMP. During the stop, the client admitted to consuming 5 beers prior to driving. A roadside breath sample was requested and an E31 message obtained, this error indicates that a sample is over range. The officer elected to arrest the client and later obtained breath samples at the detachment more than double the legal limit. In reliance upon the FST Operating manual, Mr. Wyman was able to argue that the officer should not have relied upon the error reading and ought to have conducted a re-test to allow for the dissipation of mouth alcohol. The argument was a convincing one and the charges were dismissed.

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Domestic Assault Offence

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C.S.

The client was charged with a domestic assault on his then girlfriend. During the incident, it was also alleged that C.S. caused distress to the couple’s pet. The client was a young man with no criminal record. After assessing the file, Mr. Wyman set up an anger management counselling program for the client. After successfully completing the counseling program, and through numerous meetings with the Crown Prosecutor’s office, the charges were ultimately withdrawn.

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DUI Offence

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J.T.

Mr. T was charged with impaired driving and had no criminal record. He intended to plead guilty but was persuaded by a family law lawyer to speak with our office. After speaking with Mr. Wyman, he retained our services and the matter was set down for trial. Upon review of the file, our office identified a deficiency with the Certificate of Analyst that would prohibit its entry into evidence at trial. A novel argument also existed with respect to legitimacy of the stop. The issues which arose were sufficient to convince the prosecution to discontinue the prosecution. Instead of pleading guilty at the first occasion, Mr. T continues to maintain an unblemished criminal record.

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N.P.

Mr. P. contacted our office after being charged with the offence of Obstruction of Justice. N. was a semi-professional baseball player who went out with his teammates one evening following a game. N. overindulged and attempted to drive his car home. After crashing the vehicle, he called friends to the scene of the crash to push his car off an embankment that it was high centered on. When this did not work, he called 911 and reported that the car had been stolen. When officers arrived, they located the vehicle and confronted the client with respect to his assertions. After speaking with his friends, officers charged his with the offence. N. was a University student with no record. The family was a tight nit one who would do anything to assist their son. Mr. Wyman was able to negotiate a resolution whereby the client completed community service hours and have his charges withdrawn accordingly.

Learn more about Batting, Wyman

Batting, Wyman was founded upon counsel recognizing the need for a different type of criminal defence firm in our city. One focused on professionalism, availability, and the quality of work. These are our office’s core values, upon which we’ve built the reputation we carry throughout this province. We represent clients charged with all forms of criminal matters, with a focus upon impaired driving offences and sexual assault charges. Regardless of the offence, we will take control of this often foreign situation and will provide guidance to achieve the most favorable outcome. Given the consequences affiliated with a conviction, it is imperative that you leave nothing to chance. Contact our office today