Hamilton Criminal Trials & Appeals Lawyer

Who is Shaffie Law?

We are a Hamilton criminal law firm providing exceptional representation in criminal, DUI and regulatory trials and appeals.

Where do you practise?

Our clients are in Hamilton, Burlington, Milton, Brantford and Oakville. 

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Shayan Shaffie, Barrister & Solicitor

Juris Doctor, B.A. Hons., University of Toronto

Your Hamilton Criminal Lawyer.

If you've been charged with a DUI or a criminal offence in Hamilton, Burlington or the Golden Horseshoe Area, talk to an experienced Hamilton criminal lawyer today. Call Shayan Shaffie for the right advice.

Shayan Shaffie is a Hamilton criminal lawyer and founder of Shaffie Law, a criminal defence law firm based in Hamilton and Toronto.


Shayan is a graduate of the University of Toronto law school, ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the world's top 10 law schools. He joined the Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office after obtaining his law degree - first as an articling student, then an Assistant Crown Attorney. 


After learning the prosecution method and building a reputation for tough, intelligent advocacy, Shayan left the public sector in 2013 to establish his criminal defence law firm. Today, Shayan is a Hamilton defence criminal lawyer who proudly uses his skill and knowledge to protect the rights of all his clients.

If you need a criminal lawyer in Hamilton, call Shaffie Law today. We offer free consultations and accept Legal Aid for qualifying cases.


Special areas of concentration include domestic assault, major firearms and drug charges, bail hearingsdrinking and driving charges, drug impaired driving, and representing first-time, youthful and aboriginal clients.

Some of our Hamilton Criminal Defence Services.


Facing Criminal or DUI Charges in Hamilton? Here's What You Should Know.

"Hamilton is diverse town with a rich history, where men and women are free to be themselves. In my years of practising criminal law there, I've learned that its people are tough, honest, open and fair. If the rest of Ontario hasn't got to know Hamilton yet, it's their own loss. I, for one, love the Hammer."

If you're facing criminal charges or a DUI in the Hamilton area, you need a criminal defence lawyer with the skill, experience and reputation to get you the best possible result.

Shayan Shaffie is a former Assistant Crown Attorney in the Hamilton. He articled for the Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office and acted as Crown counsel for several years before turning to criminal defence and establishing Shaffie Law.


In his years of practise, Shayan Shaffie has appeared in thousands of cases before the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Hamilton. In that time, he has built a reputation for professionalism, fairness, and above all, an unflinching commitment to the interests of his clients.

From every angle, Shayan Shaffie has a strong, practical grip on how the administration of justice operates in Hamilton. If you need legal advice for a case in Hamilton, including charges in the Burlington, Oakville and Milton region, call us today to see how we can help

About the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton.

The John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton is the region's home for the Ontario Court of Justice and Ontario Superior Court of Justice. These two levels of courts hear all criminal cases arising from arrests in the Hamilton area, including by the Hamilton Police Service and, where applicable, the OPP.

Here are the contact details for the John Sopinka Courthouse:

The John Sopinka Courthouse

45 Main Street East

Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7

Tel: +1 (905) 645-5252

All but the most serious criminal charges will begin at the "Ontario Court of Justice", where the John Sopinka Courthouse is home to multiple "types" of criminal court: first appearance or "set date" court, bail courts, trial courts, and, most recently, a court dedicated to hearing guilty pleas. 


If you have a criminal case and can't locate the courtroom or the time for your appearance, try phoning the courthouse and asking to speak with one of the clerks of the criminal court. In the alternative, if you believe your appearance is either today or tomorrow, you can check ontariocourtdates.ca, being careful to note the "date" for the docket you are looking at. 

About the Crown Attorney's Office in Hamilton.

The Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office is home to the many Assistant Crown Attorneys, management-level Crown Attorneys, clerks and administrative staff responsible for prosecuting criminal cases and administering criminal justice in the Hamilton area generally. 

The Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office plays an essential role in the administration of criminal justice. They work closely with local law enforcement, including the Hamilton Police Service and OPP, to collect missing evidence in order to furnish to the defence; they prepare criminal cases, working closely with witnesses and complainants, for presentation at trial; and most importantly, they work alongside local Hamilton criminal defence lawyers to identify legal issues, find efficiencies in criminal cases, and, where applicable, resolve criminal charges - often by way of withdrawal. 

Your Hamilton criminal lawyer's reputation among the Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office is essential to advancing your legal interests in a fair and efficient manner. Where a relationship of trust and professionalism exists, expediency replaces suspicion and doubt. This, in turn, is a benefit to clients - like all those at Shaffie Law. 

If you have a Hamilton criminal lawyer, you should not contact the Hamilton Crown Attorney's office directly unless specifically advised to do so. If, on the other hand, you are self-represented and need to make contact with their office for the purpose of disclosure or otherwise, here are their contact details:

Hamilton Crown Attorney's Office

45 Main Street East

Suite 441

Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7

Tel: +1 (905) 645-5252

Fax: +1 (905) 645-52

A list of Hamilton's Assistant Crown Attorneys and their contact email addresses can be found here. You are cautioned against contacting a prosecutor directly, unless you have received or are acting on specific legal advice.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hamilton Criminal Charges.

Q. I've just been charged with a criminal offence and I was released by the police. When and where is my first court date? 

A. If you've been charged and released by the police and have an upcoming court date in Hamilton, have a look at your release documents - typically a "Promise to Appear" with an "Undertaking". For less serious matters, an "Appearance Notice" may have been issued.

These documents will have two important dates on them: your first court appearance, and a date for providing your fingerprints to the police. You must attend both of these dates. Failure to do so may results in additional criminal charges. 

In Hamilton (as of November, 2018) first appearances for criminal cases usually occur in #204 Court at 9am. Fingerprints are usually taken at the Central Police Station several days or weeks in advance of that. Call us if you'd like help interpreting or understanding any of these documents

Q. Someone I know is being held for a bail hearing. What should I do? 

A. Bail is a serious matter. It should be addressed promptly and effectively by a Hamilton criminal lawyer who has the experience and skill to get the best result. As we are always at a pains of explaining, failure to achieve bail - and achieve it on fair terms - could mean the difference between success and failure in mounting a defence. 


If your friend or partner is currently unrepresented, contact Shaffie Law today. Shayan Shaffie has secured the release of hundreds of Hamiltonians charged with criminal, DUI and drug offences - often in complex or very serious cases. 

Q. I have a first appearance soon and would like to know what to expect.

If you're facing charges in Hamilton and have a first appearance coming up, visit our blog: Your First Appearance in an Ontario Criminal Court.

Q. I think I have court tomorrow but I'm not sure - how do I check?

A. Try this website, and pay attention to the date on the docket. It is usually updated in the late afternoon for the following day's cases. 

You can also try phoning the John Sopinka Courthouse and following the tele-directory to "criminal matters". The phone number is (905) 645-5252. When prompted, select the option for "criminal matters". 

Q. I need to apply for Legal Aid. How do I do that? 

A. Generally speaking, you require two pieces of information in order to process a Legal Aid application in Hamilton: some evidence of your current income, and the "screening form" which was likely provided to you at your first appearance.

Once you have these items, you can head to the Legal Aid office conveniently located on the main floor of the John Sopinka Courthouse, immediately across from the "criminal court wickets" for the Ontario Court of Justice. 

In the alternative, you can contact Legal Aid Ontario's Client Service Centre at 1-800-668-8258.

Q. I want to hire Shayan Shaffie as my Hamilton criminal lawyer. What kind of charges does he represent?

A. Shayan Shaffie has successfully defended clients charged with a gamut of criminal cases - from petty shoplifting, to drinking and driving charges, to major shootings. 

If you are interested in our services in the Hamilton, Milton, Oakville or Burlington areas, please contact our office using the contact form below, or call us toll-free at 1-833-742-3343.

Q. Does Shayan Shaffie accept Legal Aid?

A. Once a client becomes part of our criminal defence practise, we do not discriminate between those paying out of pocket and those funded on Legal Aid.

For that reason, we make absolutely certain in advance that Legal Aid won't present an issue by insisting that we meet our prospective clients face to face before accepting Legal Aid.

This important meeting allows us to learn about our clients' unique histories, their expectations, and the degree of difficulty in mounting the most effective defence possible. This then allows us to determine if a Legal Aid retainer is feasible.

If you are interested in our services, please use the contact form below or call us toll-free at 1-833-742-3343. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Toronto, ON M5V 2L4


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