Rob was very thorough and straight forward with our family. Great and compassionate service. Would highly recommend.
The Best Criminal Lawyers In Abbotsford
Abbotsford Criminal Defence Law Services: Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group provides criminal legal defence services for our clients in our Abbotsford offices. From summary conviction offences such as domestic assault, drug possession, theft or driving offences to more serious indictable matters such as drug trafficking, firearms offences, sexual assault and even murder.
Our top-rated Criminal Defence Lawyers are mindful of your needs and will provide you with the best legal advice and action to take in order to get a favorable outcome for you. If you are in Abbotsford and you were arrested or are looking to avoid a criminal record, have charges reduced or even dismissed or to avoid jail time, we have experienced criminal defence lawyers ready to help.
At The Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group Abbotsford office, you can be safe in knowing that we will understand your needs. We have Punjabi speaking lawyers, Hindi speaking lawyers, and Urdu as well as English speaking Lawyers to help with your Abbotsford Criminal Law matters.
Our experienced and multiple award-winning Abbotsford Criminal Defence Lawyers serve all of Abbotsford including the surrounding area of Langley, Mission, and Chilliwack.
Abbotsford Criminal Law Court & Scheduling
The Abbotsford Courthouse is located at 32375 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC.
|Adult Criminal||Remand||204||Mon – Fri||9:30 am, 2:00 pm|
|JCM/IAR Court||201||Mon, Thurs||9:00 am|
|Youth Criminal||Remand & Subsequent Appearances||204||1st & 3rd Tues each month||9:30 am, 2:00 pm|
|Criminal, Family & Small Claims Trials||Assignment Court||202||Mon – Fri||9:00 am, 2.00 pm|
|Summary Proceedings Court||203||Thurs, Fri||9:30 am, 2:00 pm|
I just had him win my trial with a dismissal and he makes it look easy, always comes correct and ready for war.
I’ve had Rob Dhanu as my lawyer for many years now with no complaints. He has always been str8 up never beats around the bush and tells you how it is with no sugar coating. Not only is he a stand up guy hands down but he knows his law. I have had Rob on my side now for almost 10 years and will always be using him for any trouble with my family or myself for years to come. Thanks again Rob for all your hard work and dedication to your client and always getting the best possible outcome.
I can honestly say that Rob changed the course of my life. Not only did he get me bail when I thought it was impossible…
…he exposed me to programs that put me on a totally different path than I was before. It was not just Rob but also the other lawyers and staff at DD Law Group who were always professional and prompt in returning my calls. Rob always gave me straight talk, good advice and the direction I needed in my life. I am eternally grateful and would recommend Rob and DD Law Group to anyone for criminal or family law.
This lawyer has been amazing in keeping families together and putting them back together and fighting for his clients best interest! Def recommend him as a lawyer!!!
It is very hard for my father to compliment anyone on his work especially an attorney, but when all was settled he did just that. Rob Dhanu defended my father on weapons charges.
He was very sympathetic and empathetic with regards to our case. He made what could have been a very stressful situation, stress free. That was very important to our entire family. Rob took the time to keep us informed, and did his best to expedite the case. Although sometimes I do believe that is out of his hands. Fees were charged as explained in our initial free consultation. Our case was somewhat simple however In the end we were extremely pleased and would highly recommend his services for any type of defence be it simple or much more complex.
At Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group I was represented in a way that exceeded all of my expectations. My opinions were always valued and I didn’t have any feeling of doubt…
…as Rob Dhanu always properly evaluated and assessed my situation accordingly. He explained each step throughout the process and completely went above and beyond for me. He fought hard and the experience and outcome are more then I could have hoped for! I am appreciative and grateful for the team at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group!
Rob is a very well spoken articulate gentleman until he steps foot in the courtroom and you almost feel sorry for his opponent almost.i can not say enough good things about Rob and his team.
I have had Rob Dhanu as my lawyer for many years now I wouldn’t change a representative for my personal being for the world…
He has put me first in every case over his own personal life, he would always answer his phone…unlike other lawyers from what other people and friends experienced answering the phone for a client is so important especially if your incarcerated number 1 stress while incarcerated is lawyers not answering a call number 2 is girlfriend or wife not answering a call many clients will understand and be able to relate to this. To sum it all up Dhanu Dhaliwal law corporation has always put 100 percent plus some well representing me and always helped me after they represented me with direction and guidance life after I was released from jail I now haven’t been on probation in over a year for the first time in 20 year I’m on the straight and arrow I have a career and 4 children that don’t have to worry about me leaving again and thanks Rob Dhanu for always making sure I’m ok and doing well in life it’s nice to have someone that really cares about my life and family it’s a special feeling to be able to trust and I trust Dhanu Dhaliwal law corporation thank you for being there every single time so happy I am now in life.
I would highly recommend Rob Dhanu! He made a crazy stressful time as easy and pain free as possible.
I would highly recommend Rob Dhanu! He made a crazy stressful time as easy and pain free as possible. I experienced excellent communication, hard work, and integrity from The Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group and I definitely would not hesitate to use him again in the future!
Having worked with lawyers over the years, I am grateful to have found a real professional in tough situations who demonstrates intelligence, is sharp and really cares for his clients.
I met Rob when a family member required legal help. I have found Rob to be an excellent lawyer over the years and have referred other clients to him. It is difficult when someone is charged with a crime or having legal difficulties and Rob’s professional, calm and clear approach is very much appreciated. Rob maintains kindness and compassion for others while still being an exceptional lawyer in the law. He really fights for his client’s rights. I recommend him without hesitation.
Rob did an awesome job in and outside of the court room, he had my back the whole way through court proceedings. Thanks Rob, appreciate everything you did for me brother!
Rob has great court presence and was able to express what I was thinking and feeling which made me feel like my voice was truly heard.
Rob is a great lawyer who took the time to truly get to know me. He is easy going, easy to talk to and has a natural ability to relate to people and get things done. Speaking to Rob has always been more like speaking to a friend than a lawyer. I always refer Rob to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Very professional and helpful, he’s always available to answer all questions.
Rob made me a priority over his own personal life and would always make himself available when I most needed him…
DD Law Group not only gave me their 100% during my case, but they even provided guidance and support to me after my case was over. I have had Rob Dhanu as my lawyer for many years now and I would not have it any other way. I am now free from years of court battles and have a great career and 4 children who won’t be worried about me leaving again. It is so nice to have someone who really cares about my life and my family. Thank-you for being there every single time.
Rob and his team did and absolutely amazing job representing me. For three years we were in and out of court dates and trials.
The whole time rob made sure we stayed in contact and i was given reminders of court dates and hearings. And when my trial day came i couldnt believe the amount of work they did on my case. Honestly watching rob during trial is an impressive sight, its easy to see why this legal team has the reputation they do. I would recommend using dhanu dhaliwal law, I know i will be using his services again if needed
After a 2.5 year battle with the court system Rob Dhanu was able to get me the best possible outcome. I have had nothing but great experiences…
…with Rob and the staff at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group and would recommend them to everyone. I highly recommend Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group. Rob Dhanu has been my lawyer for many years and I have always been treated with respect. I never got the feeling like I was being mislead in anyway. I was always given great advice and I always felt as if Rob Dhanu was going above and beyond to fight for me.
Protect Yourself With The Best Criminal Defence Lawyers In Abbotsford
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Criminal Law - Frequently Asked Question
A criminal defence lawyer represents those charged with crimes or offences in court. Crimes can range in severity from summary conviction to indictable matters. A criminal defence lawyer gets their client’s story, researches the facts, investigates the case and defends their client in court. This may involve fighting at trial to prove that their client is innocent or negotiating with Crown prosecutors to drop or reduce charges with no criminal record or to otherwise get the best sentence possible.
There are a few important factors to consider in hiring a criminal defence lawyer. You should try to hire an attorney with experience in the courthouse where your case is pending. Though most laws are the same throughout all of BC, and even all of Canada, procedures vary from one courthouse to another. For example, the Crown Attorney in one territory may have a particular policy with respect to a certain offense, while the Crown in a neighboring territory may have a completely different policy. A criminal defence lawyer with experience in your city will know the ins and outs of your courthouse and have many personal relationships with local officials. Defendants should prefer attorneys who have experience with local procedures and personnel. You should also try to find an attorney who has represented defendants charged with the same or very similar offenses to your’s. Modern criminal law is so complex that many lawyers specialize in particular types of offenses. It is perfectly appropriate for you to inquire during an initial consultation about the attorney’s experience. You should never hire a lawyer who refuses to specifically discuss his or her experience or gives vague, unrevealing answers.
There are no “good” or “bad” questions to ask your lawyer. Whatever it is that concerns you, confuses you, or you’re just curious about, ask away! Our job, in addition to providing you the best possible defence, is to answer any and all of your questions.
At Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group, we understand that legal cases often arise unexpectedly and lead to unanticipated expense. This can be a significant stress piled upon the already stressful nature of your legal matter.
Real life legal solutions means offering a variety of fee structures, payment plans and competitive rates that work for you, not fixed rates or overpriced hourly fees.
A criminal defence lawyer, like any lawyer, is bound by a code of ethics and professional conduct. Unlike many other professions, attorneys cannot work for two competing parties. If a lawyer were to do so, they would be disbarred by the CBA.
Canada has many laws in place to ensure that defendants receive proper treatment in the courtroom and by their lawyer. Here at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group, we believe in not only the code of ethics we are sworn to, but the idea that all defendants deserve the utmost respect and diligence in their case.
Criminal Law Defence Services We Offer
Our years spent working as Federal Crown for the Department of Justice mean we have extensive expertise in cases involving drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, simple possession, production and import/export. We have extensive knowledge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms so we can best defend your rights from unlawful search and seizure. We have successfully challenged evidence seized pursuant to search warrants on numerous occasions. We have also successfully dealt with myriad cases involving all manner of substances ranging from the gram to multi-kilo level amounts including
- prescription drugs, precursors and more.
An experienced criminal defence lawyer like those at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group will have experience with cases similar to yours and be willing and able to use any and all tools at their disposal to fight for your rights.
Experience prosecuting drug offences means that we are also intimately acquainted with firearms and weapons offences which often accompany charges involving drugs or violence although they are also often charged on their own. Almost any item can be regarded as a weapon if it fits the definition of a weapon as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada. Use or possession of a weapon can be regarded as an aggravating feature in any given case. Firearms offences are typically regarded as very serious in Canada and can result in significant sentences. We have extensive experience dealing with firearms and weapons charges including challenging firearms experts called by Crown to prove their case.
Any charge of domestic assault can have far reaching consequences beginning with conditions removing you from your home and preventing contact with your spouse and children. There is also risk of a criminal record and separate family law proceedings resulting. We are well positioned to deal with all of the repercussions of a domestic assault charge. We begin by taking a proactive approach through utilization of our extensive network of professionals to deal with any underlying real life issues. We then make every effort to deal with restrictive bail conditions in order to return you to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible. Our goal is to always strive for a resolution which does not result in a criminal record and we are successful in this regard in the vast majority of cases. If your priority is to return to your relationship we will work with you to accomplish that goal. As a multidisciplinary firm, we are also able to deal with any family law issues that may arise if your relationship is at an end. This allows for effective coordination between criminal and family law matters as well as significant cost savings.
There is a great range of violent or threatening type offences including simple assault, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault and uttering threats. Luckily, there are also a wide range of defences for these types of charges including self-defence, consent and identification. Skilled cross-examination of Crown witnesses can raise issues of reliability and credibility which can lead to an acquittal of all charges. Where the Crown has a strong case, it is also important to consider the possibility of pleading guilty to lesser charges such as simple assault rather than assault causing bodily harm or aggravated assault. A successfully negotiated plea bargain in the right circumstances can result in far better outcomes including not ending up with a criminal record.
Bail is often the first issue to be addressed in a criminal case and it is usually the most important. A criminal case can have very different outcomes depending on whether an accused person is in or out of custody. We take great care in guiding you through the pitfalls of the bail process so that you are able to continue to enjoy your freedom while your criminal charges are outstanding. Dealing with your charges on an out of custody basis makes all the difference when it comes to properly preparing for your defence and showing the court progress you have made when it comes to your life circumstances. And if bail is denied for some reason in the first instance, we are more than prepared to immediately appeal to a higher court in order to secure your freedom.
It is extremely important to hire a criminal defence lawyer with a thorough understanding not only of the Canadian Criminal Code but also the Youth Criminal Justice Act (“YCJA”) when dealing with youth charged with a criminal offence. Unlike the Criminal Code, the YCJA emphasizes rehabilitation as the primary goal when dealing with young persons and has a very different set of rules when it comes to bail and sentencing. We understand the YCJA and our main goal is explore every possible opportunity for alternative measures or diversion in order to steer young persons outside of the traditional criminal justice system and to avoid any form of criminal record. When it comes to young persons, we not only deal with the criminal charges but also explore and address the underlying life issues that may have led to charges being laid in the first place.
There are a great variety of sexual offences ranging from sexual touching, sexual interference, sexual assault and more. Beyond resulting in a serious criminal record, offences of a sexual nature carry great stigma and involve mandatory registration in a national sex offender registry as well as DNA orders. Sexual offences also attract mandatory minimum sentences which can result in significant time in custody regardless of your circumstances or the circumstances of the offence. Currently, there is also intense media scrutiny and significant pressure on Crown and the judiciary with regard to these matters. The successful defence of sexual offences requires experienced counsel with the ability to adapt their cross-examination depending on the unique circumstances of any given case. For instance, aggressive cross-examination of a complainant may be an effective formula in one case and completely backfire in another. Our experienced lawyers know which approach will best suit the particular needs of your case.
Breaching court orders includes breaching conditions of bail, probation, conditional sentence orders, weapons prohibitions, driving prohibitions and failure to appear for court. Any breach offence can have significant repercussions when it comes to the ability to obtain bail and can complicate the successful resolution of outstanding charges. We take a proactive approach by fighting for imposition of the least restrictive conditions to begin with in order to reduce the chance for any possible future breach. We also make sure you understand any court imposed conditions and will seek to vary or remove any conditions that may be difficult to abide by. Being proactive also means negotiating with Crown so that potential breach charges are not laid or are subsequently stayed whenever possible. If breach charges are ultimately laid, we will always examine whether a defence exists due to a reasonable excuse for commission of the breach.
Driving offences may be prosecuted under the Motor Vehicle Act or the Criminal Code of Canada. Offences include impaired driving, refusal to blow, dangerous driving causing bodily harm or death, driving without due care, driving while prohibited and more.
Impaired Driving/Refusal: British Columbia has some of the strictest impaired driving laws in all of Canada with the officer at roadside now acting as judge and jury over your freedom to drive. The imposition of an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (“IRP”) not only means you can automatically be prohibited from driving for 3 months, but your vehicle will be impounded for 30 days, you will have points imposed on your license and you could be required to attend the Responsible Driving Program as well as have an Ignition Interlock device installed in your car. Monetary penalties associated with IRP’s can easily approach $5,000 not to mention no longer being able to drive. Whether you are charged criminally and have to go to court or an IRP is imposed and you have to fight ICBC, we have extensive experience to help keep you on the road.
Driving While Prohibited: The crackdown on impaired driving in British Columbia has led to a greater number of people being charged with prohibited driving. Driving while prohibited carries a mandatory minimum penalty of a $500 fine as well as a 1 year driving prohibition for a first offence and mandatory minimum jail sentences for subsequent offences. Defences for driving while prohibited are highly technical in nature and we are well acquainted with identifying any issues that could lead to your charges being dismissed. If there are no issues worth pursuing to trial, we are also frequently able to negotiate charges being stayed or a plea bargain to a lesser offence with either a reduced or no driving prohibition to keep you on the road.
Dangerous Driving: These are some of the most serious driving offences and can lead to significant penalties including lengthy jail sentences. We analyze each case very carefully and work with accident scene experts if needed, often former police officers themselves, to ensure that no stone is left unturned in representing your interests.
These are serious matters for which Crown will seek jail terms generally ranging from 3 to 8 plus years. This range of sentence may be adjusted depending on whether the accused employed weapons, had their face masked or inflicted violence among other factors. Home invasion is not a criminal charge per se, but refers to a set of circumstances in which an occupied residence is broken into with criminal intent. The credibility and reliability of the complainants in these matters is often at issue as is the identity of the accused and their actual role in the alleged events. As criminal defence lawyers, we have dealt with numerous files involving these types of circumstances and take care to devise the best possible trial strategy. Each case is unique and requires a different approach whether that be the quickest possible trial in Provincial Court or more prolonged proceedings where we first engage in a Preliminary Inquiry to thoroughly test the Crown’s case prior to trial in Supreme Court.
Homicide is the most serious criminal offence in Canada. Charges can range from 1st degree murder to 2nd degree murder and manslaughter. These cases are typically lengthy, costly and hard fought. Individuals will usually only be charged with homicide after significant investigative effort by police and Crown. The result of such an investigation will inevitably include thousands of pages of disclosure requiring careful review as well as many hours of video, audio and other evidence. One of the first issues that will arise will be consideration to having a bail hearing to see if release can be secured pending trial. This is the first step in preparing for an investigation that can involve the use of most every tool in the police arsenal. This includes the use of undercover officers, surveillance evidence, search warrants, production orders, wiretap evidence, interrogations and the use of “Mr. Big” techniques. Needless to say, these cases require enormous energy, experience and resources – things only an expert criminal defence lawyer can provide. We have a team of lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants that will ensure no stone is left unturned in your defence as we seek dismissal of your charges or, as is often the case, a reduced charge resulting in far lesser penalty.
These are quasi-criminal offences laid under a variety of provincial or federal legislation including the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Customs Act, Motor Vehicle Act, Fisheries Act and Income Tax Act to name just a few. Although these are not criminal offences, a conviction can still lead to significant monetary penalty as well as jail time. When jail time is involved, a criminal defence lawyer can help you win your case. Federal Prosecution experience means we have prosecuted many of these matters and now put our experience to good use in your defence.
This is a relatively new and evolving area of criminal law which requires constant vigilance in order stay abreast of recent caselaw and trends. We make it our business to read and database most every new legal decision in British Columbia and as far away as Ontario that may assist our clients in terms of the latest legal defences. Police agencies will often employ sophisticated software and computer experts to build their case. That is why we make sure to employ our own experts when required to pick apart the evidence Crown has marshalled. Social media may be a new phenomenon but the use of search warrants and production orders to seize evidence from computers and mobile devices is not. Due to our extensive experience dealing with the Charter and the law of search and seizure, this is an area that we have found ripe for challenge and the possible exclusion of evidence.
A criminal defence lawyer who cares won’t stop fighting for your case just because a judge has made their final ruling or order. We carefully analyze every decision and, if the court made mistakes resulting in an outcome you are not satisfied with, we are prepared to take your case to a higher court to set things right. We have significant appellate experience both in the Supreme Court of B.C. as well as the B.C. Court of Appeal. We know that a vibrant appellate practice is vital to ensuring you receive the best possible result.