Medicine Hat Criminal Lawyer

No matter how strong the evidence is against you, Ouellette Hoare Claxton is prepared to defend clients in Medicine Hat.

Choosing the right criminal defence lawyer is one of the most critical decisions you will make in life. Being charged with a criminal offence does not mean you are guilty or that you will be found guilty: no event without context exists and every situation deserves to be examined in full in order for a fair trial to go forward. Regardless of your criminal charge, our team of lawyers is here to offer you comprehensive legal advice and representation.

We serve Medicine Hat and can provide an initial consultation that may detail what our strategy would be to avoid your conviction and a resulting criminal record.

CALL: 1(587) 355-8889

Your Criminal Lawyers in Medicine Hat

If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Medicine Hat, we are the criminal law firm that can assist you.

Protect your legal rights through Ouellette Hoare Claxton. 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. Our lawyers possess a broad  range of experience dealing with criminal matters of all kinds. 

We defend a broad range of offences, some of which include:

  • Murder
  • Drugs
  • Sexual offences (assault, pornography, interference, etc.)
  • Violence offences (including domestic violence)
  • Weapons and firearms offences
  • Fraud

We also defend other criminal charges such as criminal harassment, corporate frauds, Internet-related offences.

What to Expect From Your Criminal Defence Lawyer

At the  law firm of Ouellette Hoare Claxton, our team of lawyers is committed to both representing our clients in court and ensuring full communication with our clients so they always know what steps are happening with their file. We have over 80 years combined experience in the law and strive to provide consistent, knowledgeable, and empathetic counsel to all our clients across Calgary.

Our record of excellent service is based on our belief that every client has unique circumstances that require careful consideration by experienced legal professionals. Through our combination of experience, our team’s goal is to help you take control of your situation so you can move forward in life with both certainty and confidence… no matter what difficult experience you may have been faced with.

Drug Charges

When defending both drug prosecutions and general drug-related criminal charges, an experienced team of criminal lawyers like ours can raise many other issues, such as the constitutionality of the search. Charter applications can be very successful at having evidence obtained through such breaches excluded at trial.

The lawyers at Ouellette Hoare Claxton have helped clients avoid convictions, harsh penalties, and criminal records for many charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, some of which include:

  1. Possession of a Prohibited or Controlled Substance s.4(1);
  2. Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purposes of Trafficking s.5(2);
  3. Trafficking in a Prohibited or Controlled Substance s.5(1);
  4. Producing, Cultivating or Growing a Controlled Substance s.7; and
  5. Importing, Exporting or Possessing for the Purpose of Exporting a Controlled Substance s. 6.

If you find yourself with a drug charge, know that you’ll be in good hands with the defence lawyers here at Ouellette Hoare Claxton

Sexual Assault and Assault Charges

Sexual assault is a type of assault charge. Canadian law considers any assault which is sexual in nature to be a sexual assault.

Once sex crimes have been suspected, the court examines the type of contact, the context in which it occurred, and other circumstances in deciding whether there was an assault and if that assault was sexual in nature.

Sexual offences may include any or all of the following:

  • sexual assault charges
  • sexual exploitation
  • sexual interference

Examples of allegations that may lead to such charges:

  • Unwanted touching of a sexual nature (clothed or otherwise)
  • Sexual activity with a person who is unconscious or otherwise unable to consent
  • Forced oral sex, intercourse, or digital penetration
  • An unwanted kiss

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your file and introduce you to the full benefits of our team’s collective experience: this initial consultation, regardless of the type of criminal charge you are facing, will comprehensively walk you through how our team intends to build a strong defence for you and your specific set of circumstances.

Domestic Violence Charges

When it comes to protecting both your child custody and personal and professional reputation, the lawyers of Ouellette Hoare Claxton are here to help.

Ouellette Hoare Claxton has represented hundreds of individuals charged with domestic violence offences. By definition, “domestic violence” charges can arise from any criminal offence which occurs within a domestic context, with the most common being assault, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, and uttering threats. There is no specific charge of “domestic violence” or “domestic assault” under the Criminal Code of Canada. Instead, the prosecutor will consider the context of the charges as being of a “domestic nature.” 

Due to the serious and specialized nature of these prosecutions, it is vital to take advantage of our consultation by telephone options or stop by our office today in order to get yourself the best defence counsel available. Both your professional and your personal life is on the line.

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Weapon and Gun Charges

Ouellette Hoare Claxton has eight decades of experience with Criminal Code violations involving firearm offences. 

Our team of lawyers regularly defend clients with firearms charges, with some of the common weapons and firearms offences including:

  • The carrying of a concealed weapon
  • Illegal possession of a weapon
  • Owning an unregistered gun
  • Owning a restricted firearm
  • Trafficking weapons

Additionally, firearms are often found by the police following illegal searches. In these cases, we will fight for the exclusion of those firearms from evidence.

These charges are often intertwined with drug charges.

Murder Charges

Murder charges are serious offences. We can assist you here in Medicine Hat.

To serve our clients, we build an in-depth case. As murder and homicide charges are often interlinked with sexual assault charges, driving offences, and possession charges, getting an experienced criminal lawyer on your side immediately is crucial for the success of your case.

The resources assigned to homicide investigations are significant, and criminal investigations can continue for decades. Homicide detectives are experienced officers who have special preparation in questioning suspects, collecting evidence and organizing a thorough investigation. Whether you have yet to be charged or have already been charged, you should not face a homicide investigator without effective legal representation. Ouellette Hoare Claxton in Medicine Hat can assist.

Being charged with homicide is one of the most significant legal challenges a person may face. Without effective counsel, an indictment for a homicide can lead to a conviction and result in the most severe criminal penalties possible within the Criminal Code. We build a competent and multi-faceted case for you in order to best protect you from the serious implications associated with such a charge. As murder and homicide charges are often interlinked with sexual assault charges, driving offences, and a long list of violence charges, getting an experienced criminal lawyer on your side immediately is crucial for the success of your case.

If you or someone you know has been accused of murder in Medicine Hat, you will need the most effective legal defence available.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

Regardless of what criminal charge you are facing, our team will comprehensively walk you through how our team intends to build a strong defence for you. If you need immediate assistance, connect live with one of our lawyers online today.


What is the penalty for aggravated assault?

House arrest is not an available sentence for aggravated assault. If you are found guilty of an aggravated assault, you may be punished by:

  • Up to 14 years in a federal penitentiary
  • Lifetime weapons ban
  • A Judicial Order to submit for DNA testing.
Is it for aggravated assault charges to go to court?

Given the serious nature of these charges, the Crown will often assign a prosecutor to prosecute an aggravated assault charge. You will need experienced legal representation you can trust. Ouellette Hoare Claxton are dedicated to your case.


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