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Former Crown Prosecutor For The Department Of Justice

Former Crown Prosecutor Rob Dhanu of Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group

Attorney Rob Dhanu uses the valuable knowledge and trial experience he gained as a Prosecutor for the Crown to his clients’ advantage. When defending your matter, you can expect Rob to know exactly how best to proceed because of his extensive training at the Crown office in how to construct a case to obtain a conviction.

Rob is thus able to provide a unique dual-perspective on legal issues because he analyzes each case first from a Crown perspective, and then from a Defence perspective – allowing you, his client, to have the benefit of his experience from both sides of the justice system.

As a Federal prosecutor, Rob gained tremendous experience dealing with all manner of drug and firearms charges. These files required a thorough understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms with particular emphasis on the laws of search and seizure as well as search warrants.

Rob also prosecuted all types of Criminal Code offences in Yukon ranging from motor vehicle offences, property crimes, crimes of violence, crimes of a sexual nature, robbery and more.

During his time at the Crown office, Rob was also the Designated Vancouver Lead in charge of any offences contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

As a Crown prosecutor, Rob prided himself on a compassionate yet dedicated approach. In fact, some of the individuals that Rob prosecuted would later go on to retain his services as a defence attorney when he shifted careers. They knew that Rob would put his compassion and dedication to good effect in their defence.

Dominion building in Vancouver, BC, Dhanu Dhaliwal's original office
Dominion building in Vancouver, BC, Dhanu Dhaliwal's original office
Our first office location was inside the iconic and historic Dominion Building in Vancouver.

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Representing Your Interests

Rob tendered his resignation at the Crown prosecutor’s office in order to use his skill set to defend individuals pitted against the enormous power of the state. Since that time, Rob has worked tirelessly to defend his clients against all types of charges ranging from complicated drug conspiracies involving wiretap authorizations to allegations of simple assault and most everything in between.

Rob has had success at all levels of court including the British Columbia Court of Appeal as well as in the Province of Alberta. Rob has proven courtroom experience dealing with all types of Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Customs Act and Motor Vehicle Act charges.

He is past president of the Fraser Valley Criminal Law Association, a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Criminal Defence Advocacy Society and South Asian Bar Association. Rob has taught and presented on numerous legal topics including for the RCMP, Justice Institute and the Canadian Senate.

As a defence attorney, Rob takes great pride in not only understanding the legal issues but also the real life issues of his clients. Rob has helped clients dealing with substance abuse, mental health, and other complicated personal issues successfully navigate the criminal justice system. Rob is particularly passionate about defending the wrongfully accused and those who are actively seeking to change their lives for the better.

Fraser Valley Criminal Lawyers Association
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Beyond The Law

Rob grew up in a blue collar family with roots in the farming and forestry industries. He is an avid runner and enjoys running marathons and half-marathons both in Canada and the United States. When not running, Rob turns to wrenching on or riding his motorcycles for some rest and relaxation. Above all, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and children who put up with his boisterous support for the Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Seahawks.

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