Criminal Defence Lawyers in Calgary

Ouellette Hoare Claxton

At Ouellette Hoare Claxton Calgary Criminal Lawyers, we offer experienced, trustworthy, and reliable legal representation for persons charged with Criminal Code offences in the Greater Calgary area and throughout the entirety of Western Canada and the Canadian Prairies.

Our highly-skilled team of defence lawyers has over 80 years of experience when it comes to practicing exclusively criminal law with relentless dedication, all with the end-goal of offering the best defence possible

CALL: 1(587) 355-8889

Have You Been Charged?

Have you been charged with drug offences, weapon or gun offences, murder, sexual offences, assault charges, or any other criminal offences?

If so, you are in need of immediate effective legal representation to combat the potential penalties surrounding this criminal charge. Our team of lawyers have proven successes for all criminal cases including, but not limited to: domestic assault, sexual assault, drug offences, murder, fraud, manslaughter, and theft.

Areas Of Law

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Drug Law


Our team, which consists of Andre, Peter, Mike, and Sadaf are adept at challenging police search and seizure procedures relating to criminal matters. They have successfully defended charges relating to drugs, ranging from the simple possession of a controlled substance to the possession for the purpose of trafficking categories of drugs listed in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the new Cannabis Act.

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Weapon & Gun Offences


Andre Ouellette, Peter Hoare, Mike C. Gilchrist, and Sadaf Raja have personally helped countless clients beat weapon and gun offences and avoid receiving a criminal record.

If you have been arrested for any weapon or gun offence, call Ouellette Hoare Claxton for quality legal advice and criminal justice-centric services during this stressful time. They understand the consequences a conviction for such an offence can have on your life.

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Murder Charges


Lawyers at Ouellette Hoare Claxton have successfully defended clients facing murder charges, helping them avoid the life-altering punishments associated with such a conviction.

If you have been arrested for murder, call Ouellette Hoare Claxton for critical legal advice and top legal services during this stressful time. We understand the severity of these charges and the impact a conviction would have on your life.

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Domestic Assault


Has the Crown charged you with assault, aggravated assault, or domestic assault in Calgary? Our array of lawyers, Sadaf Raja, Andre Ouellette, Peter Hoare, and Mike C. Gilchrist have extensive experience in defending assault cases that make them a go-to for any successful defence. Often, if the case cannot be dropped, they can refer clients to counselling (e.g. if alcohol was a factor) or alternative measures to mitigate the sentence in question.

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Persons can be charged with a number of sexual offences, such as sexual assault, sexual interference, and a variety of child pornography offences. 

As a criminal law firm, we have both the experience and the compassion required to help minimize the stress in your life and ensure that, as someone accused of sexual assault, the legal system treats you fairly. We have the expereince to conduct sexual assault trials. These trials are complicated and may include applications to question the complainant on their sexual history with you and other individuals and applications to question the complainant about their counselling history, all to ensure pertinent information is provided to the court in order to ensure that you stand a fair trial.

If you are charged with a sexual offence, only the top lawyers will suffice: call Ouellette Hoare Claxton today.

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Have you been charged with assault, aggravated assault, or domestic assault in Calgary?

Andre Ouellette, Peter Hoare, Mike C. Gilchrist, and Sadaf Raja  have extensive experience in defending assault cases that make them a go-to for any successful defence.

You can trust us to get results.

Andre Ouellette
Andre Ouellette


Our partner Andre Ouellette has been a criminal defence lawyer for over 35 years, with a particular focus on drug cases: these include both common drug offenses and assault drug charges.

Because these cases often involve entry into private premises, searches, and seizures of property, he has become expert in Charter of Rights litigation and in challenging unlawful and illegal searches by police. He provides honest legal advice on drug possession and other related charges and is a respected member of not only our legal team, but the criminal law community at large.

Peter A Hoare
Peter A Hoare


Partner Peter Hoare was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1996 and has gone on to represent clients across Western Canada and the Northern Territories. He is a valued member of our experienced team and works tirelessly to support our clients through the difficult time being accused presents.

From day one of his legal career, he has been passionately committed to fighting for his clients’ rights; his unwavering dedication to his clients and his field has earned him the respect of the legal community and the courts. His criminal law services are an integral part of what makes the services surrounding violent crimes here at Ouellette Hoare Claxton so comprehensive.

Mike C Gilchrist
Mike C Gilchrist


Mike C. Gilchrist is a criminal defence lawyer who understands that your reputation, family, employment, travel opportunities, and most importantly your freedom are at stake when you are accused.

Choosing the right criminal defence lawyer is one of the most critical decisions you will make. Being charged with a criminal offence does not mean you are guilty, or that you will be found guilty: in fact, if you want a lawyer that is responsive to your needs as a client and puts your interests first, Mike is the right choice for you. As with all of us here at Ouellette Hoare Claxton, he believes that no event without context exists that each and every difficult situation deserves to be examined in full in order for a fair trial to go forward

Sadaf Raja
Sadaf Raja

Personal Injury Law & More

Ms. Raja received her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa in 2014. After working with two prominent law firms in Calgary, Ms. Raja started her private practice in 2019.

Using her litigation abilities, Ms. Raja assists her clients receive the best possible results in all litigations matters. Ms. Raja is well-regarded as being dedicated to her clients, clearly and succinctly understanding what the client’s needs are, and efficiently developing case around each client’s unique case and goals. This skillset is highly valuable for complex family law litigation matters, which she handles for us frequently.

As with all of us here at Ouellette Hoare Claxton, Ms. Raja’s availability through phone persists whether it be for a comprehensive review of your legal advice, questions surrounding common offences, or simply looking to have further questions answered on the day of trial.

Outstanding Reviews From Our Clients

“Everyone at the office was very professional and understanding. They explained everything and put helped me to relax. If you need a lawyer, I would recommend Peter Hoare to anyone facing charges.”


“I am highly indebted to Andre Ouellette and his team for the perfect job they did in clearing my serious DUI charges. I am grateful every time I am able to enter the States.”







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We are Available to Talk Right Now!

Call Ouellette Hoare Claxton today for the legal representation you deserve.

Andre, Peter, Mike, and Sadaf will assist you with an initial cost-free, fully-confidential, zero-obligation consultation. During this consultation, we strive to ensure that you feel comfortable with us as your legal team: each and every one of us are firm in the idea that you must feel that you are respected and listened to. Our experience tells us communication is key to building a strong defense.

Our team of Calgary-based criminal lawyers will assist you during the initial consultation to:

  • Discuss your charges
  • Discuss defences available to you
  • Review the potential penalties
  • Explain how the court process works
  • Provide legal advice and counsel
  • Explore the impact of setting a trial date or entering a guilty plea
  • Discuss the scope of the retainer and anticipated legal fees

Our consultations are comfortable, non-rushed, and always fully confidential.


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Drug Offences

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Weapon & Gun Offences

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Murder Charges

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Sexual Offences

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Domestic Violence

Need Immediate Assistance?

CALL: 1(587) 355-8889