Saint John Criminal Lawyers
Lawyers acting on trials and appeals in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, and throughout New Brunswick
With offices located in Saint John, New Brunswick, the lawyers at Gorham Vandebeek regularly defend criminal trials and appeals in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, and other parts of New Brunswick. The firm has also acted on trials or appeals throughout Atlantic Canada, including Nova Scotia (Halifax and Yartmouth), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), and Newfoundland. Its criminal lawyers represent clients charged with all types of criminal offences, ranging from theft, drinking and driving, fraud, assaults, robbery, sexual offences, and homicide. They have a particular interest in defending against wrongful or corrupt allegations.
(506) 644-8714 | email@example.com | 36 Princess Street, Saint John, NB
The best criminal lawyers have the experience and knowledge to successfully defend the most serious and complex criminal trials and appeals. Past success does not guarantee future success, since every case has different facts. Even so, a lawyer’s past experience may reflect their experience, knowledge, and skill.Saint John Criminal Lawyer, Nathan Gorham regularly succeeds in defending complex and extremely serious criminal charges on trial and appeal. Click below to read about some recent cases.
Mr. Gorham represented a client who was charged with first degree murder in Hamilton, Ontario. The prosecution alleged that he shot the deceased in the head following a dispute outside of a nightclub. It relied on the evidence of witness who was friends with the defendant and claimed that she saw him fire the shot, as well as eye-witness evidence, cellular telephone triangulation evidence, and wiretaps. The defence presented evidence that tended to prove the prosecution’s witness fabricated the allegation to clear up her own legal troubles, the eye-witness was mistaken, and the wiretaps were misinterpreted. The trial judge found this defendant not guilty of first degree murder.
SEXUAL CONVICTION OVERTURNED: Court of Appeal orders new trial following sexual assault conviction (Feb 2020)
Mr. Gorham represented this client on an appeal against a sexual assault conviction. The defendant was convicted of sexual assault based on an allegation that he did not obtain the complainant’s consent to sexual activity. During the date, the parties cuddled, massaged each other, watched a movie, and went to bed together, partially clothed. The trial judge found that the defendant believed the complainant was consenting, but that he did not take reasonable steps to ascertain her consent. On appeal, Mr. Gorham argued that the trial judge erred by conflating the issues of “consent” and “mistaken belief in consent”. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial on the charge of sexual assault.
SEXUAL ASSAULT: Bail pending appeal granted for two clients convicted of sexual assault (March 2020)
This client was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to nine years in prison. He maintained his factual innocence and retained our firm to represent him on appeal against conviction. Ms. Vandebeek acted for him on the bail pending appeal. He was released on bail by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Mr. Gorham and Ms. Vandebeek represented a client charged with multiple counts of first degree murder. This client suffered from mental disorder. This illness caused delusions. Based on psychiatric evidence from multiple doctors, the jury found this defendant unfit to stand trial.
Mr. Gorham and Ms. Vandebeek applied for bail for a client who is charged with first degree murder. The prosecution alleged that invaded the victim’s home and then stabbed her in the heart. Based on a strong plan of proposed supervision, the bail justice granted the defendant bail on the charge of first degree murder.
Mr. Gorham represented a woman who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. He argued that the guilty pleas, entered with another lawyer, were not informed or voluntary. The Ontario Court of Appeal agreed and ordered a new trial.
Mr. Gorham and Ms. Vandebeek represented a man who was charged with homicide in an allegation of dangerous driving causing death. The prosecution alleged that the defendant intentionally drove dangerously causing the victim to lose control of her car and crash into the ditch. This was a tragic accident. But the defendant testified that he was not chasing the victim nor driving in a dangerous manner. The jury found him “not guilty” of dangerous driving causing death.
Mr. Gorham represented a client charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. In this case, the police executed a search warrant on his client’s car and discovered two ounces of crack cocaine as well a heroin in spray can with a false bottom. Mr. Gorham presented at trial that another person was driving the car regularly. The trial judge found it to be a plausible theory that the other person left the cocaine concealed in the car. For that reason he found the defendant not guilty of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
In February 2018, Mr. Gorham and Ms. Vandebeek defended a client before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice who was charged with second degree murder. This client maintained his innocence and explained that he was acting in self-defence. At the beginning of March 2018, the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty” of second degree murder.
Mr. Gorham represented a client who had been convicted of sexually assault and sentence to a year in custody. On appeal, he argued that the trial judge misapprehended the evidence and applied an uneven level of scrutiny to the accused’s evidence at trial compared with the complainant’s evidence. In January 2019, the Summary Conviction Appeal Judge, in Brampton, Ontario, overturned the conviction for sexual assault and ordered a new trial. * In April 2019, the prosecution stayed the charges against the accused.
Mr. Gorham represented a client charged with sexual assault in the Ontario Court of Justice. The prosecution alleged that the accused sexually assaulted the complainant on three different occasions, groping her on the first two and forcing sexual intercourse on the final occasion. The accused testified that he never touched the complainant inappropriately and, in fact, she initiated unwanted sexual activity with him. In December 2018, Mr. Gorham’s client was found not guilty of sexual assault by a Toronto area judge.
FENTANYL: Trafficking conviction for fentanyl Overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal (December 2018)
Ms. Vandebeek represented a client who had been convicted of fentanyl trafficking related offences upon which the trial judge imposed a five year sentence of imprisonment. On appeal, Ms. Vandebeek argued for a new trial on the fentanyl convictions because the trial judge erred in convicting the accused. In December 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial.
Mr. Gorham represented a client who had been convicted of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine, and hashish and had been sentenced to six years imprisonment. On appeal, he argued that the trial judge erred by permitting the prosecution to introduce unreliable evidence relating to the police investigation. In November 2018, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial on the charges of trafficking cocaine, methamphetamine, and hashish.
Mr. Gorham represented a client charged with a home invasion robbery where the victim was beaten in the face with a bat. The defence cross-examined the prosecution’s main witness to expose his motive to fabricate the defendant’s involvement as well as significant flaws in the witness’s evidence. The defendant testified that he was not involved in the robbery. In October 2018, the trial judge found Mr. Gorham’s client not guilty of robbery and wearing a mask while committing the indictable offence of robbery.
Mr. Gorham and Ms. Vandebeek represented a client who had been convicted of second degree murder for his involvement in a shooting during a botched drug robbery. On appeal, they argued that the trial judge improperly admitted expert evidence and provided the jury with flawed instructions relating to the identity of the murderer. In September 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted the appeal and ordered a new trial for murder. * Two months later, the accused was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter. *He received a time-served sentence and walked out of the custody box.