Who you choose as your defence lawyer can make all the difference to your outcome. An experienced criminal lawyer will conduct a thorough examination of the Crown’s case before advising you of your legal rights and best courses of action. A successful defence necessitates a complete understanding of the legal issues and meticulous scrutiny of the evidence underpinning the Crown’s case.
Jason Wuttunee is an experienced criminal lawyer committed to providing intelligent, strategic, and successful litigation solutions for his clients. He practices trial and appellate litigation in all areas of criminal law and in select civil litigation matters. Before opening his defence practice, Mr. Wuttunee was a Crown Prosecutor with Alberta Justice for eleven years where he prosecuted hundreds of criminal matters, including numerous high-profile cases involving major crimes. He also served as Appellate Counsel in precedent-setting matters before the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Mr. Wuttunee knows both sides of the justice system. He understands the nuances of advancing a successful defence and is dedicated to pursuing the best possible outcome for his clients at the earliest stage of the prosecution.
All areas of criminal law, including the following:
Criminal defence lawyer Jason Wuttunee practices trial and appellate litigation in all facets of the criminal defence process, as well as select civil litigation matters. He represents individuals or corporate entities at all levels of Court in Alberta and handles all Criminal Code matters and drug offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Before starting his own defence practice, Mr. Wuttunee worked as a Crown Prosecutor with Alberta Justice for eleven years, where he conducted trial litigation in predominantly major crimes cases and prosecuted the spectrum of criminal offences. He was regularly assigned to homicides and other high public-interest matters — such as serious sexual assaults, attempted murders, firearms cases, home-invasion robberies, and aggravated assaults — and to cases involving extraordinary police investigations, such as wiretaps and undercover operations. He has substantial jury trial experience in numerous multi-week matters involving complex legal and evidentiary issues.
Mr. Wuttunee was Appellate Counsel with Alberta Justice from 2014 to 2016, during which time he argued numerous appeals before the Alberta Court of Appeal and was co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada on a precedent-setting case involving the law of circumstantial evidence and the Charter implications of using General Warrants for computer searches.
Mr. Wuttunee regularly advised police with respect to charging decisions, drafting judicial authorizations for searches and seizures, and other matters involving criminal and constitutional law and evidence. He has taught advocacy seminars for junior prosecutors and guest lectured to second- and third-year law students at the University of Calgary on Charter remedies in criminal trials.
Before joining the Crown’s office, Mr. Wuttunee practiced civil litigation and employment law with a top-tier national law firm in Calgary.
In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Wuttunee co-founded and was a director of a successful non-profit society aimed at providing support and services for Indigenous youth living in Calgary. In 2009, he attended the Vatican with the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a delegation of residential school survivors for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The delegation’s mandate was to seek reconciliation and an apology for harms inflicted during the Indian residential schools legacy in Canada.
Mr. Wuttunee graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Alberta Bar in 2006.
December 11, 2020
Calgary Herald – Suspect in killing of missing Chestermere senior Vida Smith granted bail
November 14, 2020
Calgary Herald – Preliminary inquiry set for man accused of killing Chestermere senior Vida Smith
September 9, 2020
Calgary Herald – Suspect now faces murder charge in case of missing Chestermere woman
September 3, 2020
CBC News – Guns And Gambling: New details in the mysterious disappearance and death of Vida Smith
August 5, 2020
Calgary Herald – Suspect makes first court appearance in connection with death of missing Calgary woman
August 16, 2019
Calgary Sun — Attacker chopped at victim’s neck with machete in back alley, court told
Calgary Herald — Attacker chopped at victim’s neck with machete in back alley, court told
June 21, 2019
Calgary Sun — Domestic manslaughter suspect Roberta Wolfchild granted bail
Jun 17, 2019
Calgary Sun — Crown downgrades charge against woman accused in the death of her domestic partner
Jun 12, 2019
Calgary Sun — Gang rapist gets another decade added to his prison time for other crimes
Jun 7, 2019
CBC News — Calgary gang rapist gets 9-year prison sentence for assaulting teen
Calgary Sun — Gang rapist must serve nine years for assault of teenage girl, judge says
Calgary Herald — Gang rapist must serve nine years for assault of teenage girl, judge says
Jan 8, 2019
CBC News — Calgary man involved in gang rape of teen girl found guilty
Calgary Sun — Calgary man involved in gang rape of teen girl found guilty
Apr 18, 2019
Calgary Sun — Fatally stabbing his brother nets Calgary man a four-year sentence and probation
Apr 17, 2019
Calgary Sun — Crown seeking six year sentence for catalyst to home invasion robbery
Apr 1, 2019
Calgary Sun — Firing gunshot into air nets 7 1/2 year sentence for Calgary man
December 19, 2018
Calgary Sun — Man jailed one year for fatal punch in liquor store parking lot
CBC News — Calgarian who killed man in 2-punch fight sentenced to year in jail
July 31, 2018
Toronto Sun — Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in stabbing death of his brother
CBC News — Court hears of ‘tragic’ upbringing as Calgary man pleads guilty to killing younger brother
July 18, 2018
Calgary Sun — Guilty plea in calgary liquor store parking lot killing
July 4, 2018
Calgary Sun — Crow seeks eight years for frightening Calgary break-in and sexual assault
January 6, 2018
Ottawa Citizen — Alberta man admits part in daring Calgary jewelry store heist
January 5, 2018
Global News — Alberta man sentenced in daring Calgary jewelry store heist
CTV News — Alberta man pleads guilty in armed robbery at Imperial Jewelers
September 19, 2017
Calgary Herald — Judge says cancer faker suffered ‘terrible shaming by an unthinking mob’
September 18, 2017
CBC News — Cancer faker ‘terribly damaged’ by traumatic events and won’t go to jail: judge
June 29, 2017
Calgary Herald — Gunman deserves 10 years in prison for shooting victim in face, Crown argues
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