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Areas of Practice

  • Bail

    When someone has been arrested and is not immediately released by police, our first priority is to secure their release and get them bail. As soon as we receive the call from a person in custody, we move quickly to ensure that a proper bail plan will be in place by the time the detained individual is brought before a Justice of the Peace.

  • Domestic Assault

    Spousal or partner assault, while not a separate offence under the Criminal Code, receives distinctly harsh treatment by the criminal justice system. Individuals charged with domestic assault are often denied bail and, when released, are barred from residing at home and communicating with their own children.

  • Drinking and Driving

    Whether you are charged with impaired driving or “over 80” or dangerous driving, these offences are complex and technical. Aside from the possibility of a criminal record, you may be faced with the prospect of losing your driver’s license and insurance. We have defended thousands of these cases and can find the solution for you.

  • Drug Offences

    Whether the charge is simple possession or possession for the purpose of trafficking, any drug charge carries with it the possibility of conviction, a criminal record and sometimes, imprisonment. We are experienced at challenging search warrants, wiretap authorizations and other types of evidence that often support drug charges.

  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault is any unwanted touching for a sexual purpose. Even an allegation of sexual assault can change your life forever. Where the accusation is made by a family member or person under your care, the effects of a criminal charge can be devastating. We understand what is at stake and will do everything to defend your good name and reputation.

  • Fraud & White Collar Crime

    Fraud is using deceit to take something that does not rightfully belong to you. Unfortunately, you may be charged as a result of a bad business deal or an investment gone wrong. Fraud charges often require a careful and meticulous approach – and a review of hundreds, or even thousands of documents.

  • Guns/Weapons Offences

    Guns and weapons offences are dealt with severely under the Criminal Code. More and more firearms charges are subject to mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment. Aside from the serious implications of a conviction for a gun offence, the Code provisions are technical and often, obscure.

  • Child Pornography

    Canada has extremely strict laws regarding child pornography and obscene material. Canadian laws are particularly onerous, due not only to our mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment, but also the extremely broad definition of “child pornography” in the Criminal Code.

  • Appeals

    We are experienced at representing clients at all levels of appellate courts. From summary conviction appeals at the Superior Court of Justice to hearings before the Supreme Court of Canada, our lawyers have successfully overturned both convictions and sentencing orders.

  • Second Opinions

    Deciding whether to enter a guilty plea or to proceed to trial is likely the most important decision you will ever make. We are pleased to assist individuals who are seeking a second legal opinion about their situation.

  • Criminal Investigations

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, goes the saying. We often become involved in criminal law matters before charges are even laid. We are experienced at guiding a client, delicately and discreetly, through police investigations. In countless cases, we have been successful in ensuring that criminal charges are never even laid.

  • Other Offences

    Any criminal charge is an extremely serious matter. Recently, there has been a trend towards increasingly severe penalties for all types of criminal offences. From mandatory sentences of imprisonment to asset forfeiture legislation, the ramifications of a criminal conviction have never been more serious.

The Art of Advocacy News & Events
September 2, 2015

Michael Edelson named 2016 Lawyer of the Year

ECDF LLP principal partner Michael Edelson was named Best Lawyers' 2016 Lawyer of the Year in the area of criminal defence in Ottawa.

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We believe that vigorous legal representation should not be reserved for the rich and famous. Our team of lawyers will provide you with the best possible defence at rates for every budget.