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Criminal Defence Lawyer in Edmonton AB

Being accused of a crime can change your life significantly, and if you are seeking a trusted attorney to defend your case, Verhaeghe Law Office is the name to know. Our criminal defense lawyers have an unwavering commitment to our clients. We will go above and beyond to ensure you receive the best possible outcome - no matter the nature of the situation.

If you'd like to discuss your case with a qualified expert, we invite you to contact us at (587) 410-2500. We look forward to working with you.

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Hire a Trusted Crime Lawyer with Years of Experience

If you have been accused of a crime, your life could change significantly based on the court proceedings. When you are facing the risk of a prison sentence, or a significant fine, you need to have a qualified and trusted criminal lawyer in your corner.

The experts at our firm have been working in the field for years, and we've seen it all. We are prepared to build a strong case in your defense and defend your interests in court at the drop of a hat. Criminal cases can be hostile and ensuring that your lawyer is firm yet respectful is very important, especially when evidence is stacked against you. Our lawyers will get to know your case inside and out and bring forward information that could otherwise go overlooked.

Over the years, our team is very proud to have built an excellent reputation in the area of criminal defense, and we look forward to sharing our expertise with you.

Find Competitive Rates on Criminal Legal Services

When it comes to fighting a criminal case in court, nothing is more valuable than hiring a great lawyer. Though legal services aren't cheap, our team is proud to offer some of the very best rates in the area.

The total cost of your legal care will depend on the duration of the case, but we will be upfront with you about pricing and provide you with a cost estimate before we begin working together.

If you'd like more information about pricing, please contact our firm at your earliest convenience.

Book a Consultation at the Earliest Convenience

If you want our criminal lawyers to represent your case, there is a lot to talk about and limited time. If you have a trial coming up, you need to book a consultation with our legal team as soon as possible, and Verhaeghe Law Office is happy to accommodate your schedule. We can meet virtually, over the phone, or in person - whatever is most convenient for you.

During the consultation, our experts will get a detailed understanding of the case being built against you, the nature of the incident that occurred, and collect personal documents. We will then get to work building your defense and preparing for our day in court.

This is also the perfect time to ask questions and bring forward any concerns you have about the proceedings. Our legal team will work hard to help you feel as prepared as possible.

Contact Our Criminal Legal Team

If you're facing criminal charges, you need to hire a lawyer that will represent your case and help you get the best possible outcome. The team of attorneys at Verhaeghe Law Office has over 50 years of extensive experience representing clients in Edmonton and the surrounding area. We will take the time to understand the details of your case and represent your interests fiercely.

We understand the potential ramifications of earning a criminal record or adding to an existing one. You can trust us to work tirelessly on your behalf to avoid detrimental outcomes.

To learn more about our expertise or schedule a consultation with our legal team, dial (587) 410-2500 now.

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Criminal Lawyers at Your Defence

Gaining a criminal record or adding a crime to an existing record can significantly impact many aspects of your life. From finding employment to working in the community to gaining custody of your children, being accused of a crime gives you less control over your case and freedom.

Our attorneys understand what's at stake for our clients and always take the time to understand the ins and outs of your case to best represent your interests in court. We work hard to ensure that you have the best chances of beating your charges.

Whether you are dealing with charges of violence, drug offenses, theft, fraud, or any other crime, our team is here to help.

Schedule a Consultation with a Criminal Attorney

For our experts to properly do their job, they need to understand your case and the charges against you.

We kindly ask our clients to prepare the following documents and present them to our lawyers upon the first meeting:

  • Written contact information
  • Police or court documents stating the charges against you
  • Written information regarding your personal and professional background
  • Information about any criminal history you have
  • Items that can be used as evidence
  • A list of witnesses that could help with your case

These items will help us gain an understanding of the situation and develop an appropriate course of action in beating your case.

Years of Experience and a Reputation of Attorney Excellence

Our attorneys have over 100 years of collective experience working in the criminal justice system. We will use every tool we have to help you defend your case.

We have worked at all levels of court in the province of Alberta and have dealt with hundreds of cases involving various criminal activities.

When you choose to trust our criminal defense team, you can know that your case is being dealt with thoroughly and professionally.

Competitive Rates on Legal Representation

We want to be able to help as many individuals as possible, and that's why we are proud to offer legal representation for criminal cases at competitive rates.

If you have questions or concerns about our pricing, or you'd like to receive a quote, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email today.

Contact Edmonton's Best Criminal Lawyers Today

If you are involved in a criminal prosecution, you need a dependable and passionate attorney to give you the advice and representation you deserve. Verhaeghe Law Office is proud to offer informed and trustworthy legal services to help keep your record clear and bring an adequate resolution to your case. Our team of first-rate lawyers is highly educated and experts in criminal law. If you are in the midst of a legal issue, you need a criminal defence attorney who will stop at nothing to get you the best possible outcome.


Verhaeghe Law Office provides sound legal counsel for individuals accused of criminal offenses in Edmonton. We are a longstanding firm with 50+ years of business to its name, proudly serving the Edmonton community. We assist clients with skillful and ardent representation in legal matters of all kinds. Our legal team leverages over 100 years of combined experience. We have appeared at all levels of court in the province of Alberta. Our aim is to resolve your legal matter judiciously and expediently.

Our firm is conveniently located in West Edmonton. We also have two secondary offices in Athabasca and Whitecourt for your convenience. We offer free parking.

If you are facing criminal prosecution, contact the team who will advocate relentlessly for your interests from start to finish.

Call (587) 410-2500 today to schedule a consultation with a criminal defence lawyer.

Facing Criminal Prosecution

The possibility of receiving or adding onto an already existing criminal record is a very serious one. A criminal record can prevent an individual from finding meaningful employment as well as keep them from enjoying many important aspects of everyday life. From advisory roles, to comprehensive trial services, Verhaeghe & Boisvert Law Office has the expert legal team needed to ensure our clients have the best chance at beating any charges that they may be facing. With extensive experience in all facets of the court, we are confident in our ability to provide our clients with unrivaled legal services.

Our legal team is unwaveringly committed to our clients. We fully understand the potential ramifications of a criminal record, and we pledge to use the entirety of our collective experience on your behalf. We will employ the full resources and combined experience of our staff to defend you successfully.

Criminal Law Services

Our firm has served the local community for five decades. During that time, we've encountered a full spectrum of legal matters and have gained invaluable insight and experience in many practice areas. Our defence practice extends to many areas, some of which include:

  • Violent offenses including murder, manslaughter, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and aggravated assault.
  • Drug offenses including drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance.
  • Sexual offenses including sexual misconduct, sexual assault and prostitution.
  • Driving offenses including driving under the influence and impaired driving causing bodily harm.
  • Theft and fraud including shoplifting, employee theft, and income tax offenses.
  • Weapons and firearms offenses including possession of restricted weapons and unlawful possession or storage.
  • Internet and technological offenses including luring, cyber stalking, extortion, identity theft, and intellectual property crimes.

If any of the above situations concern you, reach out to our team of legal experts today. We have a large team of advocates with specialties in nearly every avenue of Canada's criminal law. Whatever your case may be, we have the skill and know-how to develop an astute plan of defence.

Top-Rated Criminal Attorneys

Throughout our time as a firm, we have been honored to maintain a solid history of client satisfaction. This comes from the results we achieve, but also through a strong dedication to client care as well. No matter what you are going to court for, we toss preconceptions out the door and make sure you are treated with the utmost respect throughout the entire process. If you need any reassurance that we are open and communicative criminal appeal lawyers, we encourage you to check out some of the testimonials we have received on several reputable online sources.

Our Criminal Lawyers Will Be Prepared for Your Court Date

Our team of lawyers promises to work hard to ensure they have a full argument prepared for your trial or appeal date. Making sure we have all of the details and possibilities worked out beforehand allows us to make a much better case for you and increase our chances of success. We know how much work we can handle and never take on more cases than we can comfortably accommodate, which means your case will receive all of the attention it needs to be completely solid.

Receive Open Communication from Our Criminal Defense Attorneys

Here at Verhaeghe Law Office, we emphasize openness and approachability to all of our clients. We will work hard to make sure you understand the way we are approaching your case and that we are on the same page throughout the process. If you have any questions or need clarification along the way, we encourage you to let us know so our attorneys can make sure you are confident in our process.

A Legal Philosophy Built on Honesty

We make sure that we never mislead our clients during the legal process. We aim to give you a realistic outlook on the chances of success so that there will be no surprises in court. Our honest and trustworthy approach to our legal services will avoid any misrepresentation while still ensuring a successful outcome.

Put Your Legal Issues Behind You

No matter the circumstances of your trial, our goal is to help you resume your normal life as quickly as possible. We achieve this through an efficient legal process as well as striving to make the best case for you possible during your first court date, avoiding the need for appeals and drawn-out verdicts. Being stuck in court can have a huge impact on your life, which is not to mention the effect of an unsuccessful trial, but fortunately, our attorneys are here to fight for the best results in a quick time frame.

Criminal Law Requires Careful Thinking and Skilled Negotiation

Our lawyers prioritize out-of-the-box thinking and careful consideration on every case we take on. Criminal law is not always a straightforward process with a single correct answer—it requires an adaptive and intelligent approach to locate the best possible course of action to achieve success.

In addition to this, all of our attorneys are talented orators and negotiators. Criminal cases can often be about give and take, but our masters of debate will do everything they can to achieve the best results for our clients.

In-Depth Consultations

Hiring an experienced criminal defence attorney is a weighty decision that should not be taken lightly. We always recommend that individuals consult with several firms to explore different legal approaches and associated costs.

You can count on our defence attorneys to tailor your defence strategy to your unique set of circumstances. To achieve this, we take the time to get to know our clients during a one-on-one case review.

In a confidential, non-judgmental environment, we'll sit down with you to discuss your situation in-depth. You'll appreciate the professionalism of our lawyers—we'll speak candidly and compassionately with you, clearly laying your options in front of you and answering any questions you may have. You can expect us to communicate directly with you. We will thoroughly cover the possible risks and outcomes associated with different legal approaches. We solidify our client relationships on a foundation of honesty and compassion. To that end, we'll always speak with you in a forthright manner that keeps you aware of all the contributing factors of your case while staying attentive to and respectful of your needs along the way.

Based on your desired outcome, we'll devise a defence strategy with the goal to resolve your legal problem within the shortest delay. Of course, we'll answer every question you may have until you're fully confident moving forward. Rest assured, we'll leave no stone unturned in this process. We'll do our due diligence to create a robust and vigorous defence.

We consider our consultations as an opportunity to build mutual trust. Get to know a lawyer who has your best interests at heart. Book a consultation with us today.

Expert Analysis and Representation from Leaders in Criminal Law

When you are looking for a criminal defence lawyer, you need a team that has proven their ability to excel at all aspects of legal defence. We leave no stone unturned as we collect all of the applicable documents and evidence. We take the time to perform an in-depth investigation and analysis to make sure we have all the information necessary to represent you accurately. We conduct interviews and will participate in your trial to make sure that your case is always presented professionally and credibly.

Local Criminal Law Attorneys with High Success Rates

Our team of esteemed lawyers are experienced and highly trained in all aspects of criminal law. We strive to surpass industry standards with our comprehensive and attentive legal services. We get the best results because we go above and beyond to learn the specifics of your case. Our staff will take the proper steps and give your trial the time and attention to detail that you would expect from the area's leading law firm.

Criminal charges can follow you for a long time—don't leave anything to chance and hire a team that will work tirelessly to keep your record clean.

Personable and Accommodating Criminal Lawyers

Being charged with a criminal offense is never an easy situation. The staff at Verhaeghe Law Office understands this, which is why we treat all our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve. During a trying time, the benefits of compassionate and conscientious service cannot be overstated. From your initial consultation to the final verdict and beyond, we give your case our full effort while keeping you informed and up to date. Our team of criminal defence experts will help you feel at ease while we work diligently to get you the results you deserve.

Remember, if you are facing a criminal offence, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A prison sentence or a criminal record is never guaranteed. With a seasoned and tenacious criminal justice attorney by your side, your outcome can be favourable. Let's work together to present your case in court.

Experienced Criminal Defence Counsel

The criminal lawyers at our firm are among the best minds in the industry. We're known for our highly individualized approach to defence law. We recognize that facing possible prosecution is a trying and uncertain obstacle to face. We do everything we can to support our clients and relieve as much stress and burden as we can.

Together, we boast experience in all areas of criminal law and have appeared in all levels of court. As a firm, we stay continually up to date with developments in the industry so that we can bring our clients the most judicious, all-encompassing advice available.

Our legal knowledge is unmatched. Our commitment to our clients is unrivaled. For tenacious, skilled criminal defence, we are the first-choice law firm in Edmonton.

Informative and Understanding Legal Support

We pride ourselves on being a legal team with a commitment to honesty and integrity. We understand that legal proceedings are not always straightforward and easy to navigate. That is why we take the extra time to make sure you know the outlook of your case and everything you are entitled to. We offer a pragmatic approach so you can always depend on us to give you trustworthy advice and provide a realistic projection for your case. If we do not think your case is winnable, we will let you know and give you the appropriate recommendations on how to best proceed.

Ongoing Support from Your Criminal Lawyer

Every case is unique. Depending on the complexity of your case, its duration can span weeks, months, or even years. At Verhaeghe Law Office, we'll be by your side from start to finish. You can count on us to keep you informed every step of the way, thoroughly explaining all of your options to you.

We are always available by phone or email to answer your questions and concerns. Our firm has invested in state-of-the-art communication technology so that our digital dialogues with our clients remain secure and confidential. As seasoned criminal defence lawyers, we understand that cases can evolve, and new evidence can arise unexpectedly. That’s why we’re committed to keeping our communication lines wide open. We respond to our clients personally and boast a track record of prompt response times unmatched in the local field. Regardless of the length of your case, you can depend on us to navigate you through the process with integrity, professionalism, and relentless focus.

The Resolution Process

In some cases, a resolution can take place outside the court before the trial begins. At our firm, we explore all possibilities, including the possibility of getting your case withdrawn. Our lawyers put as much emphasis on this process as we do the trial process. If you would rather avoid going to court, we'll plan a detailed strategy together. Our attorneys possess advanced negotiating skills, and we'll liaise with all necessary authorities and prosecutors in an effort to settle your case before we go to a judge. Of course, you can count on us to keep you informed of all potential scenarios and settlements along the way. You can always depend on our honest counsel and guidance, but we won't do anything unless you're in complete agreement.

The Trial Process

The criminal trial process in Canada is made up of different stages. These stages include:

  • Arraignment
  • Trial
  • Sentencing
  • Appeal


Working with your lawyer, you'll create a defence strategy before the beginning of the trial. The charges will be read aloud in court, and you'll decide how you want to enter your plea: guilty or not guilty.


When the plea is not guilty, the trial begins with the Crown prosecutor. The prosecutor will introduce their case against the accused, which includes entering any physical evidence and/or witnesses. If witnesses are called to the stand, your defence attorney will also have the opportunity to cross-examine them. Our team of defence lawyers is highly adept in this line of questioning. We will lead a question-and-response conversation with the witness that is strategically developed to highlight inconsistencies and errors in the witness' statements.

Next, when the Crown's case is finished, the trial continues with the defence case. At this point, your lawyer may ask the judge to dismiss the charges due to a lack of Crown evidence. Or, your lawyer will present your case to prove a reasonable doubt to the court. We will put forth the evidence and testimony previously agreed upon with you. Sometimes, this may include the accused taking the stand. Rest assured, at our firm, we put in all the leg work ahead of time. We'll have ironed out all the details of a sound defence case already - all we'll be doing is presenting it in a straightforward fashion to the court. You'll be at ease and confident in every stage of our defence.


The next step is for the judge or jury to settle on a verdict. In the case that the verdict is guilty, both the defence and the prosecution have the chance to argue the sentence. The judge will hear each side before making a final decision.


Finally, if you are not happy with the outcome of the sentence, you'll have the chance to appeal to a higher court. An appeal opens the door to another opportunity to dismiss or change the conviction.

Appealing a verdict is a highly complex legal process with many nuances and subtleties. There is a time limitation to filing your criminal appeal and many other requirements that must be met. Upon appealing your conviction, the court has the power to:

  • Dismiss the appeal.
  • Order a new trial.
  • Reverse the verdict.
  • Modify the sentence.

Not all verdicts are final. There is still hope for a changed or overturned ruling in a Court of Appeal. Established in 1956, our firm has the far-reaching resources to provide you with robust, sound representation throughout the appeal process.

Appeal Services

Depending on the nature of the sentence or conviction, there can be a variety of appeal paths. Our team has over one hundred years of combined experience in assisting appellants through the appeals process, and our unbeaten record speaks for itself. If you have received an unsatisfactory verdict, we will gladly continue to represent you and work tirelessly to get you the best outcome. To do so, we will need to establish and present compelling grounds on which we ask the court to review the verdict. These grounds are categorized by either questions of law or questions of fact. For instance, an error of law might be the submission of evidence that legally ought to have been excluded from consideration. On the other hand, an error of fact might be the unreasonable conclusion drawn from said evidence.

Our counsel will assist you in the many complexities of criminal appeal. With our meticulous representation, we will ensure your appeal fulfills all obligations and that your grounds of appeal are best positioned for success.

Your Premier Law Firm for Criminal Defence Matters

Founded in the late 1940s, Verhaeghe Law Office has been in continuous operation with full-time offices for decades. We established our name long ago, and we continue to uphold its reputation today with modern defence and old-school customer service. As a firm, we're not set in outdated ways. We've stayed in the top tier of our practice by adapting to new technologies and adopting cutting-edge protocols to suit every new industry development that comes our way. We don't shy away from change. Rather, we embrace it. We welcome that, which makes us more resilient and adds to our experience. We invite challenge and tackle every case with boldness.

Building a legacy of success has taken extraordinary amounts of hard work and countless hours of painstaking labour. With each passing decade, we've found that the cornerstones of our success remain constant. Our core values are permanent fixtures in our day-to-day, and we pledge that your legal services will be characterized by them. Our values are as follows:

  1. We listen to our clients. Every great defence starts with an attentive legal professional. Our attorneys are keenly observant and highly sensitive to our clients' stories. We take the time to gather every detail of the case in front of us. We engage with our clients in a personal manner and prioritize their desires first and foremost.
  2. We speak to our clients in language they can understand. We recognize that our clients need ongoing, regular communication from their legal counsel. Not legal terminology or convoluted speech—they need, and deserve, quality communication that they can understand. We break down complex legal strategy into real-life examples and outcomes so that our clients fully grasp every situation that comes their way.
  3. We work with our clients to achieve the best result possible. Our job boils down to the final outcome. All the research and strategizing that we put into a case only matters when the client's best outcome is achieved. That's the overarching target at which we're continually aiming—and we won't miss.
  4. We bring practical solutions to the matter at hand. Facing criminal prosecution is a trying matter for any individual, but with our firm by your side, each legal stage is manageable and convenient. We employ a pragmatic approach to our work that ensures our clients are unburdened and can move forward with their daily life.

Over the years, our firm has grown and evolved, but these four values are unwavering aspects of our practice. We pledge to weave them seamlessly throughout your case so that you are heard, supported, confident, and satisfied with your service here.

The Best Defence in Edmonton

When an individual is facing criminal charges, it is a serious matter that needs to be handled by qualified professionals with experience. At Verhaeghe & Boisvert Law Office, we understand that. That is why we put our resources at the disposal of Edmonton residents. With hundreds of successful cases and more than a century of experience, there is no better choice in the area.

When you need legal representation, trust the firm with a proven track record for success. Trust Verhaeghe Law Office. Call us at (587) 410-2500 to speak with one of our criminal defence lawyers.