My name is Brad Smith. I can help you.
I am a Kamloops criminal lawyer with experience with many different kinds of criminal cases such as:
- property offences such as theft, break and enter and robbery
- offences involving violence such as sexual assault and homicide
- drug offences
- white-collar-crime offences
I have significant experience in criminal law
Experience counts, but significant experience in the area of law that deals with your legal problem counts even more. That is because the law is highly specialized. If you are under investigation or facing criminal charges you need a lawyer with significant experience in criminal law on your side defending you and protecting your rights.
I know how police and prosecutors work
Before I started helping people as a criminal defence lawyer I was a prosecutor. The experience I got putting cases together was invaluable. It gave me insights into the criminal justice system that many criminal defence lawyers never get. I know how police and prosecutors work and how to protect your rights through the entire investigation and prosecution process. I know what prosecutors look for when they are deciding whether to lay a charge and the strategies they use in getting ready for trial. I know this because I have actually prosecuted cases myself. It means I know how to find any weak spots in the prosecution’s case and how to use that knowledge to your maximum advantage when planning your defence.
I am passionate about criminal law
Unlike most aspiring lawyers, I went to law school because I wanted to practise criminal law. While at law school I took as many courses as I could in subjects related to criminal law. While other law students were studying things like Tax Law I was taking advanced litigation courses in subjects like Evidence or Trial Practice. Then, several years after I qualified as a lawyer, I took my academic interest in criminal law to an even higher level by completing a Masters degree in Criminal Law.
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Osgoode Hall – 1999
- Master of Laws in Criminal Law (LL.M.), Osgoode Hall – 2009
I am a member of the Bar of BC and the Bar of Yukon
- British Columbia (2000)
- Yukon (2014) (non-practising)
I am authorized to practise in The Hague
I have always been interested in international criminal law and I am one of the few Canadian lawyers authorized to practise as defence counsel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
- Defence Counsel for the International Criminal Court (2014)