Criminal Law

Any person detained and/or charged with an offence has “the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.”

—Section 11(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

It is an extremely stressful and complicated time when you have been arrested and then are attempting to maneuver through the Criminal Justice Process.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what you need or should do as a person charged with an Offence.  The police and crown prosecutors may appear to be helpful and friendly but are not on your side.  It is important that you retain your own legal counsel to ensure that you know your rights and obligations.

Tyleen Underwood is committed to the protection of her client’s constitutional rights and freedoms. Her objective is to provide all clients with a thorough understanding of their legal options, and to launch a focused and forceful defence in keeping with their instructions.

Tyleen has a deep insight into the criminal justice system and is prepared fight tirelessly on your behalf while raising every realistic and viable defence. But Tyleen also knows that, to be an effective lawyer, she must be able to advance her client’s cause without offending any adversaries or the judges who preside over criminal proceedings.

Also, a successful outcome is not always about simply winning or losing. Often a favorable result can be predicated on a lawyer’s ability to recognize and navigate opportunities that are in the interest of the accused.

As an accredited Mediator and Arbitrator, Tyleen has a cross-disciplinary skillset that enables her to dispute and advocate firmly with respect, self-restraint and patience — and without infuriating other parties.

Tyleen is well-known and recognized in courthouses all over the Kootenays, and enjoys many good relationships with Crown prosecutors and other professionals in the legal community. She has earned a reputation for hard work, integrity, superior academic performance, noteworthy analytical skills, a calm and persuasive courtroom demeanor, and her strong commitment to justice.

A criminal case is more than just evidence, facts and law: the life of an individual and the welfare his or her loved ones has been put into jeopardy. Tyleen Underwood respects each person’s circumstances and need for privacy while providing a realistic and focused criminal defence and navigating them through the system with strategic, expert advice.

If you’ve found yourself entangled in the complicated and overwhelming justice system, you will want skilled legal counsel by your side. The goal of Tyleen Underwood Law Office is to achieve the most favorable outcome in each criminal case while maintaining the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism.

We can assist you with the following issues

Assault & Sexual Assault
Bail Hearings and Bail Reviews
Breaking and Entering
Child Luring
Child Pornography
Criminal Harassment
Dangerous Driving
Domestic Assault
Impaired Driving/Refusal to provide a breath sample
Drug Related Offences
Failure to Appear
Fraud and Financial Charges
Gun Related Offences
Misappropriation of Funds
Murder, Attempted Murder, Manslaughter
Obstruction Of Justice
Property & Theft Charges
Uttering Threats
Youth Criminal Justice Act Offences

Tyleen Underwood was born and raised in the Kootenays. She obtained her Bachelor in Arts criminology degree from Simon Fraser University in 1998 and went onto to complete her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. She was called to the bar in Nelson in June 2002.

Tyleen has been practicing law in Nelson focusing on criminal law and family law litigation in both provincial and Supreme Court. She has an excellent working relationship with courts and benches throughout British Columbia.

Let us take it from here.

(250) 352-6638