Ryan Patmore

Ryan Patmore is an associate practicing in independent association at McKay Criminal Defence LLP. He is a born and raised Calgarian, and spent several years working in the oil industry before obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary. He then attended Law School at the University of Manitoba, where he excelled at criminal law and procedure, and received honourary recognition for his advocacy skills and exceptional performance in his upper-year moot court competitions.

Mr. Patmore’s career in criminal defence work began as a law student, where he volunteered extensively with Legal Aid Manitoba, and was selected to work full-time as a supervising student lawyer. Through his employ with Legal Aid, he provided access to justice to many low-income individuals charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and other Provincial statutes. He took conduct of hundreds of criminal and quasi-criminal cases, and successfully defended his clients in Courts and tribunals throughout southern and central Manitoba. In that capacity, he mentored and supervised other law students, and became adept early on at identifying weaknesses in the Crown’s cases, and exposing violations of his clients’ rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Mr. Patmore has experience on both sides of the adversarial system, working first as a Judicial Clerk in the criminal division of the Provincial Court of Alberta, and subsequently in the Criminal Intake Unit for Manitoba Justice where he assisted Crown Prosecutors with the preparation of their cases in Provincial and Superior Courts. Since joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Patmore has appeared on several high profile cases, and has developed a diverse practice defending all criminal charges, including impaired driving/over .08, theft, mischief, possession/trafficking/production of drugs, fraud, serious personal injury offences (assault, assault with weapon, aggravated assault), sexual assault, weapons offences, and youth criminal justice matters. Mr. Patmore has extensive criminal trial experience, and has argued at the Provincial Court of Manitoba, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Mr. Patmore understands the devastating effect criminal charges can have on his clients, and will take the time needed to give you a realistic assessment of your case. He will work tirelessly to provide you the best possible defence, striving to beat your charges outright or minimizing their consequences to the greatest extent permitted by law. Mr. Patmore is fluent in French, and accepts Legal Aid and Private retainers. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, and the Calgary Defence Lawyers Association.

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Ryan Patmore's Selected Cases

Drug Offences

The client was facing very serious allegations of trafficking in fentanyl. If convicted, he faced a lengthy term of imprisonment in Federal Penitentiary. Ryan Patmore brought a comprehensive application to the Court for exclusion of evidence based on the investigator’s inadequate grounds to search the vehicle, and the contents of mobile devices found inside, which were crucial for a conviction to sustain. Before trial, Mr. Patmore was able to identify such significant frailties in the Crown’s case, that it
resolved to the lesser offence of simple possession and the client was able to avoid a years’ long term of incarceration.

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Drug Offences

The client was charged with trafficking in a significant amount of cocaine, and faced a lengthy term of jail if convicted. This was a complex case that involved long periods of surveillance leading to the issuance of a search warrant for the house which resulted in the discovery of the alleged drugs. In advance of trial, Mr. Patmore negotiated with the Crown, advising of all of the pre-trial applications challenging the warrant, and all other difficulties with the Crown case in terms of the method of search, and issues with respect to the client’s admissibility of other evidence based on several alleged breaches of her rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A trial date was set, however, the Crown eventually agreed to a resolution to simple possession for a nominal fine. 

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DUI & Driving Offences

The client was on a CPS watch list and charged with driving while prohibited due to an impaired conviction within days of each other. The Crown mandate for such offences is to ask for jail for even one such allegation. Through effective negotiations with the Crown in the face of a seemingly strong case on both counts, Mr. Patmore successfully had the more serious allegation dropped, and the client was given a nominal fine instead of a term of imprisonment.

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DUI & Driving Offences

The client was charged with impaired driving offences and mischief. Although the case appeared to be relatively strong, in his pre-trial applications, Mr. Patmore was able to raise significant issues with respect to the timing of various demands, and other intricate evidentiary issues that ultimately led to the withdrawal of the charges before trial. The client was found NOT GUILTY.

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Crimes of Violence & Domestic Assault

The client was charged with very serious allegations in the Domestic context, that he assaulted his partner, brandished a weapon, and held her against her will. It is only in very rare circumstances that charges of this nature resolve by way of Peace Bond, whereby the client abides by a probationary term and the charges are withdrawn. Mr. Patmore was able to identify vital issues, and through pre-trial negotiations with the Crown he was able to resolve it in this fashion, resulting in ALL charges being withdrawn against his client.

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