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Welcome to Hepburn Law

We strive to give our clients clarity and understanding during a very confusing and frightening time. We empower our clients through our knowledge and skill in the law coupled with our experience and relationships within the legal community. We believe effective representation is achieved by educating our clients so we can work together to achieve the best result.


Hepburn Law is a boutique criminal defence firm located in Hamilton, Ontario with one specific purpose: to provide our clients with the individual attention and dedication that their case deserves. Hepburn Law We provide quality criminal defence services in an understanding manner tailored to our client's particular needs.


"My passion for criminal law comes from my clients. I go above and beyond to make sure they know I care and will fight for their cause. It’s important that they feel they have someone in their corner.”

Barrister & Solicitor

Kaley L. Hepburn

Barrister & Solicitor


Defence Lawyer in Hamilton

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If you need to speak to us about your situation, please fill in the "quick" contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. For our full contact form, please visit the contact page.

* The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney- client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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About Kaley

experienced criminal lawyer

Driven to get the results you need, passionate about your rights, learn more about Kaley Hepburn and the law firm that bears her name.

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Areas of Criminal Law

Getting Arrested in Hamilton

Learn more about the criminal law areas that Kaley specializes in and how Hepburn Law can help you with your case.

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Latest News & Media Mentions

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Committed to All Areas of Criminal Law

Having an experienced criminal lawyer on your side is the best defence. Hepburn Law defends deals with a wide range of criminal matters from the initial stage of the bail hearing through to trials and appeals. With extensive knowledge of the law and criminal court procedure, Hepburn Law offers expertise in a number of criminal law related areas listed below.

  • Assault

  • Domestic Assault

  • Theft

  • Robbery

  • Possession

  • Bail Hearings

  • Sexual Assault

  • Sexual Interference

  • Fraud

  • Mischief

  • Drug Offences

  • Weapons Offences

  • DUI

  • Impaired Operation

  • Criminal Harassment

  • Young Offenders

  • Highway Traffic Act


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few common questions that our clients ask throughout the course of an initial conversation. For more information on your specific case, please contact Kaley directly.

The police can stop you if they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that you have committed, or are about to commit a crime. They can also stop you if you are caught committing a crime.

No. There are ways of dealing with less serious behavior that do not involve charges or court proceedings. The police will assess your situation and they have some discretion about the way they handle your situation. If you have not committed a serious offence, the Youth Criminal Justice Act encourages the police to use what are called extra-judicial measures. These measures divert youth from the court process and keep them from having a youth court record.

Bail is written permission from a court, allowing a person charged with a criminal offence to be out of jail while they wait for their trial, or some other result in their case (such as a guilty plea or a withdrawal of their charges).

First ,the Crown presents the allegations to the court. Most of the time, the Crown will do this by reading out the allegations found in the police synopsis. In some cases, the Crown will present the allegations by calling a witness (or witnesses) to testify in court. This witness will usually be the police officer in charge of the investigation.
After the allegations have been presented by the Crown, the accused’s lawyer or duty counsel has a chance to present evidence. In most cases, the accused’s lawyer or duty counsel does this by having the accused or a potential surety (or both) testify. In some cases, there will be more than one potential surety called as a witness. The accused’s lawyer or duty counsel will try to convince the court that, if released on bail, the accused will obey their bail conditions, either on their own or with the assistance of a surety (or sureties) to supervise them.
When both sides are finished giving their evidence, they make arguments to the judge or justice of the peace. The judge or justice of the peace then decides to either release the accused on bail or keep them in jail while they wait for their trial or some other result (such as a guilty plea or a withdrawal of their charges).

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