Founded in 2011, S. Zalman Haouzi Avocat Inc. is a Montreal-based boutique law firm that primarily focuses on criminal defence in Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, and the surrounding areas. We represent clients facing serious criminal charges, like domestic violence, impaired driving, sexual assault, fraud, drug trafficking, and much more.

We primarily work with clients who are facing the criminal justice system for the first time and who, due to their circumstances, must avoid a criminal record, such as: members of a professional order, students, and young professionals, as well as individuals with a precarious immigration status such as: permanent residents, individuals on work visas or study permits, and refugees.

We pride ourselves on our unrelenting commitment to our clients and our zealous, out-of-the-box approach to advocacy. We leave no stone unturned to deliver the results that our clients depend on.

What Sets Us Apart

Our Focus On Collaboration

We strongly believe in the power of teamwork, which is why we take a collaborative approach to all of our criminal cases.

This collaborative approach begins with extremely close cooperation with the person most affected by the outcome: the client. This means routine and constant communication between our team and you to ensure that you not only understand the direction of your file, but that you’re an active participant in its resolution.

Our collaborative approach also entails internal collaboration. Every case is unique and often requires out-of-the-box thinking, which is why all hands are on deck from beginning to end. Our lawyers have complementary skill sets and can efficiently divide the labour and tackle your case together, with each member contributing based on the unique skills that they bring to the table. Clients can expect to work directly with each lawyer, and can take solace in the fact that they are in the very capable hands of a team that’s dedicated to their defence.

Finally, our collaborative approach also involves external collaboration. Depending on the nature of your case, we often enlist the help of colleagues and experts who work in a variety of different fields. For instance, we keep a deep rolodex of contacts in the field of social services (therapists, anger management counselors, sexologists, addiction specialists, etc.). Additionally, we know that criminal charges can impact family court proceedings or immigration applications, which is why we often refer clients to family lawyers and immigration lawyers for formal legal opinions and even representation in court. Finally, when a case is multi-faceted and outside expertise is required, we often work alongside some of Montreal’s best criminal defence lawyers to serve as co counsel.

Our Guiding Principles

We are committed to providing our clients with superb legal services from the moment of first contact until the resolution of the file. That means not only providing rigorous advocacy, but prioritizing the human side of our relationship as well (clear communication, timely responses to inquiries, taking your financial situation into consideration, and caring for your general wellbeing). Our number one priority is resolving the file in the way that makes the most sense for you and that will allow you to close this dark chapter in your life.

Our place is not to judge our clients for their past choices and we are dedicated to working with them to better themselves through individual action or social programs (should they wish to do so).

We believe strongly in the pursuit of justice, holding the state to account, and protecting our democratic institutions and the rights enshrined to all by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We believe that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind and that it is almost always in everyone’s best interest to avoid a criminal record, stay out of jail, and keep families together.

We recognize that this is an immensely stressful time in your life and we do not take the faith that you have placed in us for granted.

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