You or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence.
… take a deep breath and know that we’re here for you.
First… know that you have options.
It’s overwhelming when you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence.
The police have read out a few of the rights, but do you really know the options available? It can feel like all that the police want is for you to go along through the system so they can get a quick and easy conviction.
It’s not their job to ensure you know what’s going on nor is it up to them to ensure you know all the options you have… That’s what our Calgary criminal lawyers do for you.
Finding the best criminal lawyer in Alberta who can personally look after you and represent your case should be the first option you look after for yourself or the person who’s been charged.
Then… know we may be your best option.
As one of Calgary’s best criminal defence firms, our criminal lawyers not only look after your charges, we look after you.
Over many years of practice we’ve built a reputation for being the best criminal lawyers in Alberta for looking after individuals who have been charged with crimes ranging from white collar crimes to violent offences, drug offences, driving offences and other criminal charges or appeals. In all that we do, we leverage the full power, proficiency and experience of the best criminal lawyers in Calgary to determine the best course of action to take that looks after your legal issues while ensuring that we keep you at the center of our attention.
Our services are also available in Polish
Nasza firma prawnicza oferuje obronę na wszystkich etapach postępowania karnego oraz reprezentacje w sprawach spornych związujące Policie i więzienia. Zapraszamy zadzwonić na podany numer telefonu żeby dostać pierwszą konsultacje za darmo. Proszę się skierować do Pawła Milczarka o usługi w języku Polskim.
Frequently Asked Questions
In summary, things are mostly shut down for out-of-custody accused persons, and the courts are operating in a limited fashion. In custody matters are proceeding forward. However, things are constantly changing in response to the outbreak. It’s best to retain a lawyer to help you in this uncertain time. Here are the current updates:
Provincial Court of Alberta operations: https://albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/announcements//updated—covid-19-staged-resumption-of-court-operations
Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta operations: https://albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/covid-19-extension-of-suspension-of-hearings—master-order-4
Alberta Court of Appeal is open for electronic hearings. Public access is unavailable, but self-represented and represented accused can participate remotely: https://www.albertacourts.ca/ca/publications/announcements/notice—electronic-hearings
Remand Centres in Alberta are closed for visitors until further notice. See the website: https://www.alberta.ca/adult-correctional-remand-centres.aspx
If you were arrested while participating in the planned #BlackLivesMatter protest in Calgary on June 6, 2020, our firm will represent you free of charge for your criminal charges. Simply call us, tell us this occurred during your participation in the protest and we’ll take care of your court matters.
Our firm is following the recommendations of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer on social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak. This means our office is presently closed to drop-in visitors. However, our office line remains open during business hours and after hours for emergencies.
Our lawyers can speak with you by telephone or conduct virtual meetings with you through the use of video chat technology. If you want to take advantage of this option simply ask reception during your call to set it up.
Our lawyers can also help you to maintain social distancing while you navigate the court system. We will do everything possible to limit any personal appearance that may be required of you through your time in the justice system.
Don’t worry. Our firm is committed to helping you through this difficult time.
If you qualify for Legal Aid assistance, we will accept your request to represent you on legal aid. All you need to do is apply with Legal Aid Alberta here: https://www.legalaid.ab.ca and make sure to ask for one of our lawyers.
If you do not qualify for Legal Aid, our firm has flexible payment plans available to ensure we can start working for you right away. Simply explain your financial circumstances during your interview with one of our lawyers and they will give you the available options.
You should contact a criminal defence lawyer immediately to ensure you understand the investigative techniques often used by law enforcement to gather evidence of past or ongoing offences. As a full service Calgary criminal law firm, Sitar & Milczarek is regularly contacted by individuals before criminal charges are laid. During those consultations we can often greatly assist our clients in mounting a successful defence as the case arises. If you are concerned that you are being investigated, call our firm at Sitar & Milczarek and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
With such an important decision, you’ve got to make the right one.
It is our professional opinion that you look to retain the best criminal lawyer in Alberta to represent this person as soon as possible. This call often occurs right when the person is about to be interrogated by the police. They need sound legal advice before this happens. Our lawyers are available for these calls 24/7 at 403-262-1110.
Everyone who is arrested is entitled to be brought before a Justice of the Peace (“JP”) within 24 hours of arrest and it’s critically important that sound legal advice be obtained before this initial appearance. Contact our firm at Sitar & Milczarek and we’ll help you look after things for the person counting on you.
You should advise the police that you wish to contact a lawyer before meeting with them. You need to fully understand your rights and it’s imperative that you do this prior to meeting with law enforcement whenever possible – this ensures you have sufficient time to have all of your questions answered. Our team at Sitar & Milczarek frequently meets with individuals before charges are laid to provide sound advice and to engage in discussions with law enforcement on your behalf. If you have been contacted by a police officer, connect with our Calgary defence lawyers first.
In our professional opinion… DON’T DO IT. We’ve seen too many cases where someone has been inappropriately convicted of a crime based on illegally obtained evidence, a potentially coerced witness or a misunderstanding swayed in favor of a conviction that can often have life-long consequences.
Criminal law is complex and you need an educated and experienced firm who will look after your interests and ensure you are properly protected within the complex criminal justice system. In short, you need the best criminal lawyer in Calgary. Even if you just wish to plead guilty, we can often negotiate with the Crown to ensure you avoid a criminal record. Our team has built a solid reputation for leveraging creative arguments and exceptional knowledge of the technicalities of criminal litigation. Before you make any decisions about how to plead, let us help you look after yourself.
Criminal records affect much more than just your employment. Many criminal convictions result in difficulty with travelling abroad or with volunteering with community organizations like the local hockey team, your children’s school or larger not-for-profit organizations. No one should ever blindly accept criminal charges without knowing the long-term impact it will have on their life. Our Calgary criminal lawyers can help you.
Unfortunately we can’t undo the actions that made you feel mistreated, but we can help you move ahead. Our firm regularly assists our clients in overseeing lawsuits against police officers and corrections officials. These lawsuits can result in acknowledgment of the mistreatment and award financial compensation to you for your experience. We’d be happy to see if this applies to your specific situation when we connect.