S. Declan Midwood (Articled Student)


Work History and Education

Declan articled at both Morahan & Company Law Offices and Stevenson Doell Law Corporation. Declan is currently taking the Bar admission and will return to Stevenson Doell in early September 2018 where he will continue working in the areas of criminal defence, Aboriginal law and family law at Stevenson Doell and with B. Rory B. Morahan of Morahan & Company.

At Morahan & Company, under B. Rory B. Morahan, Declan obtained extensive experience and training in criminal defence and Aboriginal law. At Stevenson Doell, under Robert C. Doell, Declan obtained experience and training in both family and civil law.

Declan obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in June 2017.

Declan obtained his Bachelor of Kinesiology (B.Kin.), Class I Standing, degree from the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia with a Minor of Science in Psychology in May 2014.

Criminal Defence


    Overview

Every criminal charge, no matter how minor, is a serious matter and you deserve serious defence.

Declan is passionate about defending those charged with, or under investigation for, offences and fighting to ensure to their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are protected and upheld.

Declan will professionally defend you and advance “every defence that the law of the land permits, to the end that no person will be convicted except by due process of law”.1

    Services

Declan takes on files where the accused has been charged, or may be charged, with a wide range of criminal offences ranging from simple possession of drugs to assault.

Declan has a particular interest in defending those charged with offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and cases where the lawfulness of the arrest, warrants issued, searches and seizure of evidence may be in question.

Declan has a client-centred approach to criminal defense and is available to speak and meet with clients outside of regular business hours and at police cells and remand centres.

On criminal matters, Declan serves the entirety of Vancouver Island, from Victoria to Port Hardy, as well as Powell River.

Declan has courtroom experience in criminal matters at both the Supreme Court and Provincial Court levels in BC.

As of October 2018, Declan will be accepting legal aid files through British Columbia’s Legal Services Society.

Please see below for further information on Declan’s criminal defence experience.

    Instructions to Prospective Clients

Until Declan returns to Stevenson Doell in September 2018, please contact B. Rory B. Morahan of Morahan & Company Law Offices for all criminal matters.

  • Morahan & Company Law Offices
  • 1141 Fort Street
  • Victoria, BC, V8V 3K9
  • Tel: 250-385-2244
  • Fax: 250-385-8748

In case you are detained, arrested, searched or asked to speak with or consent to anything by the police (other than to identify yourself) refuse and insist that you be allowed to first speak with a criminal defence lawyer.

1 - Excerpt from rule 2.1-3(f) the Law Society of British Columbia’s Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.


Other Information

Declan is Métis and a citizen of the Métis Nation British Columbia as well as a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria.

Declan was born in Victoria, BC and has recently returned having lived in: Monterey, California; Vancouver, BC: Edmonton, AB; Ottawa, ON; and The Netherlands.

Declan is a modern and vintage wristwatch enthusiast and enjoys general fitness training and golfing.

Declan holds the following memberships:

  • Métis Nation British Columbia (Citizenship to)
  • Métis Nation of Greater Victoria (2017 – Present)
  • Law Society of British Columbia (2017 – Present)
  • Canadian Bar Association (2014 – Present)
  • Victoria Bar Association (2017 – Present)
  • Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (2017 – Present)
  • Victoria Golf Club (2005 – Present)
  • University of Alberta Alumni Association (2014 – Present)
  • University of British Columbia Alumni Association (2010 – Present)
  • American School of The Hague Alumni Association (2006 – Present)
  • European School, Bergen (2001 – Present)

Please also visit Declan's personal website at www.midwood.legal and Declan's Linked-In profile at www.linkedin.com/in/midwoodlegal.

Additional Criminal Defence Experience

During his articles with B. Rory B. Morahan of Morahan & Company Law Offices, Declan obtained a significant amount of experience and training in all aspects of criminal defence from the initial interview with a client to negotiating with Crown Counsel to appealing sentences handed down by the Court.

Declan has worked on a wide range of files ranging from relatively minor offences to the most serious offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Criminal Code.

Declan has experience working with the following charges:

  • The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
    • Simple Possession
    • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
    • Importing
  • Criminal Code
    • Manslaughter
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Assault with a Weapon
    • Assault Causing Bodily Harm
    • Attempting to Choke to Overcome Resistance
    • Administering Drug to Commit Indictable Offence
    • Unlawful Confinement
    • Uttering Threats
    • Pointing a Firearm
    • Possessing Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
    • Sexual Offences
    • Sexual Offences Involving Children
    • Child Pornography
      • Making, distribution, possession and accessing of
    • Indecent Exposure
  • Customs Act
    • Keeping, Acquiring, Disposing of Goods Illegally Imported
    • False Statements/Evasion of Duties
  • Canada Shipping Act
    • Contravention of Act and regulations

When Declan returns to Stevenson Doell in early September 2018, Declan will continue to work with B. Rory B. Morahan as co-counsel on criminal files.