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Your Trusted Alberta Bail Lawyers in Calgary

We have several years of experience as bail lawyers in Calgary and across Alberta, navigating the delicate process of a bail hearing. We do everything in our power to ensure you are treated fairly and appropriately throughout the process. Bail hearings are necessary when the Crown Prosecutor is unwilling to release an individual from police custody to await trial or a court appearance. While this process may take time, we are experts in the field of criminal law, and we know how to navigate the complexities of bail hearing proceedings. Typically, there is only one chance at bail, which is why it essential for us to have the time and information needed to prepare the best defence and representation.

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Why You Need a Lawyer For a Bail Hearing

Did you know that your entire court case hinges on what happens in a bail hearing? When you are no longer in police custody, you have the freedom to meet with your lawyer on a more regular basis and focus on preparing your defence. Bail hearings are legal and official events; without an intimate knowledge of the court system, your bail hearing will likely not result in your desired outcome. For this reason, we do not recommend attempting to represent yourself. Rather, a trustworthy, experienced, and dedicated Alberta criminal defence lawyer in Calgary is your best bet at receiving bail.

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A surety supplies the deposit of cash to secure the release of an individual on bail. A surety must be an adult, Canadian citizen with no criminal record. The surety should also have the necessary funds to cover the bail and reflect adequate responsibility to monitor the accused individual. 

Only the Crown Prosecutor has the power to change your release conditions. In certain situations, we can help you to negotiate new conditions. Breaching your release conditions may result in serious consequences including an additional arrest. 

Show Cause refers to the responsibility of the Crown to provide justifiable reasons to refuse bail. The Crown may refuse your bail as a means to ensure your attendance at court, protect the public and any witnesses from further harm, or to maintain the confidence of the general public. 

Reverse Onus is what happens when the responsibility of justifying your release fall upon you and your criminal defence lawyer. There are certain conditions that prompt reverse onus. 

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Why Choose Us

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We are honest and realistic with all of our clients. We will not sugar-coat or oversell the potential outcome of the case. However, we will always strive to achieve the best result possible.

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We are personable with our clients. To us, you aren’t just another name. We seek to understand your story and build a positive relationship with you while defending your rights against the State.

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We believe you should know what you’re up against; most people don’t know what to expect once they have been criminally charged. We will always strive to keep you informed every step of the way.

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We have built a reputation of having a high success rate for our clients throughout Alberta. Often our clients will escape a criminal record or incarceration.

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We have streamlined the process of contacting and working with a criminal defence lawyer. We make all docket court appearances on your behalf so you don’t have to attend.

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We have over 65 years of combined experience as defence lawyers. We've built relationships in the industry that allow us to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Think of us as your friendly neighbourhood defence lawyers, serving clients across Alberta for over 40 years. Based in Calgary, we travel everywhere from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.

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Flat Rates

We offer flexible payment schedules and flat-rate fee plans so you’ll always know what you’re paying upfront. Total fees depend on the complexity of your case.

Wherever You Are, We Have Your Back

We will represent you in court at the following locations

What to Expect From a Bail Lawyer

At a bail hearing, your bail hearing lawyer has the opportunity to present an argument as to why you should be released from police custody. The Crown will provide a summary of the allegations against you, offering reasons to keep you in detention while your defence lawyer explains reasons for your release. We know that awaiting bail can be stressful and anxiety-inducing, but we are here to increase your chances of freedom. Remember that as your criminal defence lawyer, we are here to protect and defend you; we’re on your side. While you may opt for an earlier trial date, sometimes it’s more beneficial for us to have extra time to prepare for the bail hearing. Together, we can achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us today.