Criminal Trial Work

As a small boutique criminal law firm, Sankoff Criminal Law takes fewer clients, something that allows us to do the utmost for every single person we agree to defend. From the initial consultation onward, our team works diligently and advocates zealously on your behalf.

We pride ourselves on keeping up with new legal developments across the country to ensure we can bring the best (and novel) arguments to maximize the chances of a successful outcome at trial. In addition to being a law firm, Sankoff Criminal Law runs the Criminal Defence Essentials program, educating criminal lawyers across the country, and providing tactical strategies that are invaluable.

The firm’s Lead Counsel, Peter Sankoff, is one of the country’s leading experts on criminal law and evidence (named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in 2020) and is regularly consulted by trial lawyers across the country for assistance. Although Peter primarily works on appellate matters, he routinely provides guidance and mentorship on trial matters as well, ensuring that our team brings the best arguments to the courtroom.

Additionally, our firm’s Professor in Residence, Steven Penney, provides our associates with expertise in criminal procedure, including, to name a few, questions related to arrest, detention, confession, and searches. As a firm, we have a wealth of knowledge and resources that set us apart and enable us to advance the very best defence for our clients.

Our firm’s focus on appeals bolsters our ability to represent trial clients. We see the mistakes commonly made by counsel at the trial level and the type of errors that make a lower court decision vulnerable to appeal. Frequently analyzing trial transcripts and decisions front to back provides us with a unique perspective and understanding of the intricacies of trial work.

At Sankoff Criminal Law, we handle all criminal charges. Here are just a few of the areas that we have recently focused on:

  • Sexual Offences: Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Luring, Child Pornography
  • Murder; Manslaughter
  • Fraud; Theft
  • Regulatory Offences
  • Mischief
  • Drug Offences: Possession, Trafficking, Production, Importation
  • Serious Violent Offences: Assault, Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault
  • Firearms; Weapons Offences
  • Youth Criminal Justice Matters

We are dedicated to providing legal services to individuals who need our help and advancing the best arguments on their behalf. We know how scary and challenging the criminal justice system can be to navigate. At Sankoff Criminal Law, we are here every step of the way. For a consultation, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Related Publications

The Law of Witnesses and Evidence in Canada

In "The Law of Witnesses and Evidence in Canada", Lead Counsel at Sankoff Criminal Law, Peter Sankoff, provides expert analysis of evidentiary issues as they arise in legal proceedings. The book covers many questions that arise daily in criminal trial proceedings, including those related to hearsay, competence, compellability, privilege, examination, and cross-examination.


Criminal Law

In the 5th Edition of "Criminal Law", Peter Sankoff co-authors a critical examination of the criminal law in Canada. Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and appellate courts across the country, this book has proven to be an essential resource for Crown and defence counsel alike. The book explores numerous trial-related topics, including an analysis of Criminal Code offences and commonly raised defences.