Criminal Defence

If you’ve been accused of a crime, the most important thing is to have a committed, experienced lawyer on your side as soon as possible to guide you through our complex justice system. You don’t want to face a courtroom without the best defence strategy from the very start. Our lawyers know that there are at least two sides to every story; we work with you to understand your perspective and build a defence that will give you peace of mind.



Assault is any application of force without consent. It can be a fight, a domestic allegation, or something blown way out of proportion. There are nearly always differing accounts of what occurred. There are specific defences, or there could be circumstances which mitigate your consequences.. As assault lawyers, we listen to your side of the story and build a strong strategy based on our in-depth knowledge and experience with the defences available for assault cases.

Fraud & White Collar Crime

Cases involving accusations of fraud and white collar crime can be highly technical and complicated. We put our expertise to work to minimize the negative impact these kinds of charges can have on your career, your personal life, and your future.


We have acted as defence counsel for many people accused of homicide, guiding them through what can be a frightening and confusing time. As homicide defence lawyers in Halifax, we listen to you, we look to uncover any conditions that could influence your case, and we take on the criminal justice system on your behalf. Speak to us before you make a statement to police or enter a plea—our professional advice early on can make a difference to your entire case, and your life.

Impaired Driving

Drunk driving or drug-impaired driving charges could mean drastic consequences for someone convicted of a DUI in Nova Scotia. Recent amendments to the criminal code in the areas of impaired driving seek to limit your rights and increase the consequences. Fortunately for our clients, our expertise as DUI lawyers means we understand the intricacies of these laws. We build a strong defence and ensure none of your rights are violated. Contact us to make sure you understand your rights.

Narcotics Possession & Trafficking

Whether you’ve been charged with small-scale possession or a larger trafficking offence, the penalties range based on a variety of factors. You need a lawyer who is experienced in this area of the law, who knows how to navigate the options available for your defence, and who ensures your charter rights were not violated during search and seizure.

Sexual Offences

Regardless of what you have been charged with, we make no judgement on you. We believe our clients are innocent until proven guilty, and we will challenge the case against you in every way ethically possible. Our job as your legal team is to listen to your side of the story, and advise you on the appropriate legal defences. We help you present your side of the story.

Person of Interest / Pre-charge Advice

You may not have been charged with an offence, and you may not even be a suspect, but if the police want to speak to you about a crime, TALK TO US FIRST. We’ll give you expert advice on how to handle the interview and make sure you are aware of your rights.

Bail Hearings

If you or a loved one has been arrested and are currently in police custody, you have one chance to win your freedom through a bail hearing. You want the best lawyer on your side. The legal team at Planetta Hughes has extensive experience conducting bail hearings and having our clients granted bail. We work to get you released as soon as possible with the fairest and least restrictive conditions. This is your constitutionally protected right.

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