Criminal Law and Private Prosecution Services in Kootenays

Extensive Experience in all types of Criminal Law and Private Prosecutions:

Practicing Lawyer: Mason Goulden

Being charged with a criminal offence can lead to serious and long-lasting consequences for a person’s freedom, financial security and personal life. Given the complexity of the criminal justice system, having legal counsel with knowledge of the court process, legal defences, and sentencing is most often the best way to avoid or minimize those consequences.

Watson & Company has legal counsel with extensive experience negotiating resolutions with the Crown and appearing in the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. We provide effective representation in all types of Criminal Code Offenses including:

  • Assaults and Sexual Assaults 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Homicide 
  • Impaired Driving 
  • Driving offences 
  • Fraud
  • Theft 
  • Violent offences
  • Uttering Threats

If you choose to have us represent you, we will do our utmost to limit the amount of stress and anxiety you may face in the court system, or throughout negotiations, by keeping you informed about your case. We will always work tirelessly to get the best results for our clients in their particular circumstances while holding their information in strict confidence.


Private Prosecutions:

In addition to effectively defending people charged with criminal offences, our lawyers are also experienced in commencing and conducting private prosecutions. We understand that law enforcement agencies often refuse to become involved in matters that they view as being “civil” or “family” matters, even when a criminal act has taken place. We also understand the significant fear and uncertainty that a victim of crime experiences knowing that the perpetrator will not be brought before the court to answer for their actions. Private prosecutions provide recourse for having criminal charges sworn against a person who has committed a criminal offence when the police or RCMP refuse or fail to take action to keep the peace and protect our clients’ safety.


Watson & Company has experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel who are able to assist you in determining whether you have sufficient grounds to bring forward a private prosecution, and if so, we can assist you by applying to the court to have charges laid against the perpetrator of a crime.

Expert Legal Advice

Our experienced lawyers are ready to help individuals, families and businesses in the Kootenays

Watson & Company

Nelson Office

Suite 2-609 Baker Street

Nelson, BC V1L 4J3







Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Closed for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Please call during office hours to make an appointment. We can accommodate appointments outside of business hours if needed.

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