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criminal defense law

…you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands that your charges

CKM Law is an experienced Calgary injury lawyer, we strive to ensure that you get a favorable financial settlement than otherwise. Insurance companies typically downplay the seriousness of injuries and exploit victims’ lack of familiarity with the legal system. That’s why it’s important to speak with CKM Law your Calgary injury lawyer before talking to the insurance company.

After determining that you have a valid claim, we will meet with you personally. If you’ve been hospitalized as a result of your injuries, we will come to the hospital to talk with you. We’ll then work directly with the insurance companies involved to advocate on your behalf and negotiate a settlement for you. In the vast majority of cases, clients aren’t required to go to court.

We work to ensure successful outcomes for all our injury cases. Whether the case is very serious, such as a brain or spinal cord injury, or it’s a minor “capped” claim, CKM Law will help you.

We take a personal, down-to-earth approach with clients. We’re happy to answer all of your questions and we’re available when you need us.

Finally, we get paid when you get paid. That means there is no fee until your claim is settled.

Summary Offenses

Summary means, ‘in a quick and simple manner.’ So, summary conviction offenses are typically minor criminal offenses that can be handled summarily, without the right to a jury.

Examples of summary offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Theft under $5,000
  • Causing a disturbance
  • Trespassing
  • Public exposure and nudity

Although these offenses are minor in nature and rarely subject to jail time, the lack of a jury makes it especially important to have legal advice and representation.

INDICTABLE OFFENSES

Indictable offenses are more serious and the prosecution procedure more complex. A few indictable offenses can be tried in a provincial court without a jury, but most are serious enough to warrant a judge and jury.

Although you are permitted to represent yourself, and even choose which type of court you are tried in, it is never recommended that you do so. A criminal defense lawyer is essential to making informed decisions and receiving a fair trial.

HYBRID OFFENSES

Some offenses can be tried as either summary or indictable. These offenses are known as hybrid, or dual offenses, and the choice is left to the Crown prosecutor. The circumstances surrounding the charge often make the difference.

For example, if the charge is typically handled as a summary offense, but you have a prior criminal record, the Crown prosecutor may treat it as an indictable offense. Or, if the offense resulted in harm or the circumstances make it more serious than usual, the prosecutor can treat is as an indictable offense.

Because of this flexibility in the law, it’s essential that you have legal representation to protect your rights and fully understand the charges against you.