Criminal lawyers have varying skill sets, and varying degrees of experience and knowledge. Persons charged with criminal offences also range widely in their needs and expectations. The best scenario for both is to match the needs of the client with the skill set and attitude of the criminal lawyer.
I am most interested in representing persons charged with very serious offences, who do not want to leave stones unturned in examining defences. While I work very long hours, I purposely restrict my caseload to a number at the very low end of the scale for criminal lawyers, so that I have time to carefully review the evidence, make special requests for additional disclosure from the prosecution, to make written submissions to the prosecutor on certain points and issues, to draft Charter Applications when required and draft written arguments in appropriate cases. It is also important to take time to spend with my client, to review potential “game plans and strategies” in defending your unique set of charges, crown evidence available, and what evidence we may be able to call and present on your behalf.
I have a very broad-based background in criminal law and justice, in constitutional law, and have worked as a senior prosecutor in Alberta, handling a wide range of Criminal Code matters, drug offences and traffic matters, from rolling through a stop sign to second-degree murder and everything in between.
I screen my cases for all types of defences, including technicalities. There are many defences of a technical nature, where the crown is required by law to prove certain elements of an offence in a certain way, and there are times that the prosecutor does not have that evidence available. It is important for the defence lawyer to be aware of all of these technicalities, as an objection may be required to be made to the court, and arguments presented. As a small example, the prosecutor may present a document to the judge for admission into evidence, and ask your lawyer whether he has any objection to the admission of the document. It is important for your lawyer to know whether the document is required to be certified or embossed with a court seal. If your lawyer simply consents to the admission of the document, then the document will be considered evidence against you when otherwise the Crown’s case may have failed.
Ashlee joins Chartrand Law in her third year as a lawyer. She obtained her undergraduate degree in world history from the University of Calgary and then went on to complete her Bachelors of Law at the University of Victoria. While at UVIC she was an elected member to the University of Victoria Senate.
Ashlee is Indigenous and has a diverse background. She was raised in the small First Nation community of Carcross, Yukon. Ashlee settled in Alberta where she is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. She understands the plight of marginalized people, and the importance of having knowledgeable and skilled representation in legal matters.
Prior to becoming a lawyer Ashlee worked in various industries, including as an electrical apprentice, to mining and refining coal in Northern British Columbia. She also has international legal experience from working at a large law firm in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ashlee currently works primarily in the area of criminal law and she has experience assisting clients with complex matters such as murder files, to running trials in youth court. She has also worked as a duty counsel lawyer in most of Edmonton’s specialized courtrooms including domestic, mental health, youth, federal court.
Ashlee’s assorted skill set and background has equipped her with a distinct way of approaching problem solving, and has taught her to proceed with an awareness of differing perspectives, common sense, and practicality.
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About Chartrand Law Office
Chartrand Law Office is an
Edmonton-based law firm with a special interest in criminal defence
We accept cases in the Western provinces for serious criminal cases where a positive result is desired.