Ryan Patmore is an associate at McKay Criminal Defence. 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.
Ryan Patmore's Selected Cases
R. v. A.M.D.
The trial proceeded against A.M.D. on charges of domestic assault with a weapon, uttering threats and mischief. The Crown alleged that the client, while in a severe state of intoxication, had stabbed the complainant with a screwdriver and caused significant damage to the property. During cross-examination, Mr. Patmore was able to highlight significant inconsistencies in the complainant’s version of events and impeach him on his prior statements. A.M.D. was acquitted of all charges.
R. v. S.R.
Mr. Patmore ran a contested Bail Hearing in a case where the client was accused of robbing a financial institution, mischief over $5,000, numerous thefts and fraud. Despite the client having a number of outstanding warrants, Mr. Patmore was successful in obtaining his release.
R. v. F. M.
The client was charged with domestic assault and uttering threats. After lengthy discussions with the Crown Mr. Patmore was able to persuade them to drop the charges.
R. v. G.G.
G.G. was charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Mr. Patmore filed a Charter motion for a Stay of Proceedings alleging that the Conservation officer who conducted the investigation did not have the statutory authority to detain his client. While the Crown had a strong case, after lengthy negotiations, they conceded the merits of the Charter application and the matter was resolved through a plea to a traffic ticket. The much more serious criminal code offences were withdrawn.
R. v. S.A.K.
The client was charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous driving and theft. After lengthy discussions with the Crown, and the fact that there were many issues regarding potential conviction, the Crown withdrew the more serious counts against the client. In a contested sentencing hearing, Mr. Patmore convinced the Judge to grant a Conditional Discharge, whereby, the client would not have a criminal record after a short period of Probation.