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 growing global concerns around COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we want to address the steps we have taken to ensure the health, safety and well-being of those attending our offices. The well-being of our employees and guests is a top priority and we are following the lead of Canadian public health authorities at this important time. While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we continue to monitor for developments very closely. Appropriate measures have been implemented to ensure our office is safe and we have protocols in place to ensure they stay that way including:

Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas. Coronaviruses are easily eliminated by routine surface cleaning and the cleaning products we use are approved for this purpose;
Increasing communications and reminders with our visitors and employees on important health and safety measures.

To protect yourself and others, we ask that anyone who is feeling unwell refrain from visiting our office 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 are not penalized financially if they need to stay home.
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.