Lawyers Practicing

Criminal Law

BD Oakes criminal defence lawyers offer experienced legal representation for all types of criminal charges.

Our lawyers have the proven experience to advise and guide our clients facing criminal allegations. Our priority is to reach the best resolution or withdrawal of the charges as soon as possible. If an acceptable and timely resolution cannot be reached, we readily accept the challenge of defending our clients in court at trial.

No one expects criminal charges.

False or exaggerated accusations are made against good people.

We understand that people charged with a criminal offence feel frightened, confused, and uncertain of what lies ahead. Police investigations may seem incomplete. The prosecutor may seem unwilling to see things another way. The Court may seem unwilling to hear your matter expeditiously.

Our lawyers can help.

BD Oakes criminal defence lawyers offer a specialized service to people facing criminal charges. For each of our client’s we tailor a unique and effective approach towards their problems. We attend court, review the evidence, and negotiate with the prosecutor to obtain an acceptable result. If the prosecutor is unwilling to agree to an acceptable solution, we proceed to litigation to convince the Court of our clients’ defence.

We represent adults and youth charged with Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and Provincial Regulatory offences, including but not limited to:

  • Operate Motor Vehicle While Impaired, Operate 0.08 and Over, Refuse to Provide Breath Sample, Dangerous Driving, Drive Disqualified
  • Drug Possession, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Trafficking, Production
  • Utter Threats, Assault, Assault Cause Bodily Harm, Aggravated Assault, Murder, Attempted Murder
  • Robbery, Arson, Firearms Charges
  • Theft, Mischief, Fraud, Break and Enter, Joyriding, Possessing Stolen Goods
  • Breach Court Order

If you have been accused of a crime, you have the right to a fair hearing or trial, and the right to have a competent and professional counsel at your side.

Have a question for one of our criminal defence lawyers? Schedule a consultation today.


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Statement on Covid-19 Preparedness

With the continuing pandemic brought about by COVID-19, we have implemented safety measures to ensure the health safety and well0being of those attending our offices. The well0being of our employees and clients remains a top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. Appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure our office is safe and we have protocols in place to ensure they stay that way including:

  • Mandatory masks required for all individuals attending our premises, including delivery and service personnel;
  • Limited client attendances to our office to only those required to physically attend in person;
  • Accommodating meetings to occur via phone or video;
  • Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas;
  • Maintaining records of attendances to our premises in the event contact tracing is necessary;

To protect yourself and others, we will not allow entry to our premises if you have:

  • Any of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, fever/chills, cough, sore throat/hoarse voice, loss of taste or sense of smell;
  • Travelled out of Province within the last 14 days;
  • Had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days;
  • Any people with whom you live tested positive in the last 30 days.

We ask for your cooperation so that together we can take reasonable measures to prevent transmission of the virus. Know that we are doing our part by putting employment policies in place so that our staff are protected, and we are able to continue to function and operate on your behalf. Again, we continue to monitor this situation closely and will provide ongoing updates as needed. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date through Canada’s Public Health website.

Thank you.