Patrick J. Dearden & Associates

Experienced Lawyers in Cranbrook practising in criminal law only.

If you have been charged with a crime, selecting the right lawyer could be one of the most critical decisions of your life. Patrick J. Dearden and Sally L. Paddock are skilled lawyers handling criminal cases in The East Kootenays of British Columbia.. They each have a wealth of experience to offer, and the firm has been earning an impressive reputation for more than 35 years.

No matter how serious or complex your legal situation might be,
Patrick J. Dearden and Sally L. Paddock approach each case with the same objective: To get you the best possible outcome and take the stress off your shoulders. They dedicate themselves to seeking all applicable facts and leaving no stone unturned when it comes to your defence.

Handling a variety of criminal matters

This firm has the ability to deal with all areas of criminal law. Matters they handle include:

  • Criminal defence in the

    East Kootenays

    The stigma that accompanies a criminal conviction can make things difficult. These experienced lawyers can help you deal with pending charges in a way that minimizes the potential impact on your life.

  • Sexual assault, domestic violence or other violent offences
    If you've been charged with sexual assault or a violent offence, Patrick J. Dearden and Sally L. Paddock know how to handle your case in an efficient, discreet manner that protects your confidentiality.

  • Fish and wildlife matters
    This firm also helps those charged with fish and wildlife crimes, such as poaching, habitat damage and other criminal environmental disputes.

  • Drug offences
    If you've been caught in the possession of drugs or under the influence, don't attempt to represent yourself. Patrick J. Dearden and Sally L. Paddock are trained to help those with substance abuse charges get a fair deal.

  • Youth offences
    If you have a youth with criminal charges against them, it's vital to get them the best possible legal counsel. A criminal record can affect their entire adult life, so prevent a lifetime of repercussions and get Patrick J. Dearden & Associates on the case.

  • Administration of Justice
    Administration of Justice offences refer to crimes that are committed when pre-trial conditions/sentences have not been obeyed following a prior conviction. For example, refusing to comply with court orders, or failing to appear in court when required to do so. Don't let the charges stack up, protect yourself with excellent legal representation.

  • Property crime
    This firm also takes on clients who are charged with property crimes, such as vandalism, theft, burglary, arson and other offences.

  • Traffic crime
    If you find yourself dealing with a criminal traffic incident and need someone on your side, you're in luck. The lawyers at Patrick J. Dearden & Associates have experience in this area, as well.

What clients are saying about Patrick J. Dearden & Associates

"I don't even have the words to describe how indebted I am to Mr. Dearden, He came through for me in a big way. He always gave me a straight answer even when it wasn't what I wanted to hear, never sugar coating anything. This allowed me to prepare myself for the worst but instead got what I'm sure was the best possible outcome for my case. He showed genuine sympathy for my situation and never degraded me. While another lawyer that I had consulted with advised me to "deny, deny, deny", Mr. Dearden advised me to be truthful in all ways, which is exactly the road I wanted to take. I truly feel that Mr. Dearden not only won me a positive outcome in what would normally be a losing battle, he also won my life back for me and I could never thank him enough. I would recommend Mr. Dearden in a heartbeat."

- Anonymous reviewer,

"Pat is a very loyal legal counsel who exceeded my expectations, by putting his client's interests first. He has demonstrated excellent communications in dealing with my case, from the beginning right through to the very end. I also found that Pat Dearden's costs for his services are extremely fair considering the quality of his work and effort, which I believe is great value for my money."

- Anonymous reviewer,

"Not only did he go above and beyond, he saw that justice was done. We fought a charge that many go to jail for, and not only did he convince the judge that the unique circumstances of my case presented by Crown were over the top, he got me an absolute discharge. I got my life back, for this I am eternally greatful to Mr. Deardon. He came very highly recommended, and lived up to his reputation; a hard working, honest and tenacious lawyer! I would recommend him to anyone!"

- Anonymous reviewer,

For a top criminal lawyer in Cranbrook, contact Patrick J. Dearden & Associates for a consultation

Don't settle for less when it comes to choosing a lawyer. Call Patrick J. Dearden & Associates at 250-426-7431 and book your consultation. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your case is in the best hands.

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    201 129 10th Ave S Cranbrook V1C2N1

Business at a glance

Business Name

Patrick J. Dearden & Associates
Criminal Defence Lawyers

Hours of operation:

Monday through Thursday

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Lawyers on staff:

Patrick J. Dearden, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Sally L. Paddock, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Cell: 250-588-1784

First year in business: