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Can I Change Lawyers During A Criminal Case?

If you have lost trust in your lawyer, you do have the right to change counsel. Losing trust in your lawyer before trial is stressful and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.  But should you switch lawyers? Should you change lawyers? Depending on how far along...

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Zoom Trials – Virtual Trials in Criminal Law

A new (virtual) reality for criminal trials is just around the corner. Although video court appearances from jail and police stations are very common for bail hearings and other pre-trial appearances, the trial itself still occurs inside a physical courtroom. ...

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Killer Inside: How Concussions Impact Criminal Defence

Netflix’s Killer Inside is the latest documentary to pose the question, “what role does traumatic brain injury play in criminal activity.”  Following the story of Aaron Hernandez, it looks at the potential link between the prevalence of concussions and CTE in the NFL,...

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Can You Go To Jail For Spreading Corona?

As concerns around COVID-19 spreads, we take a quick look at a common question during any outbreak. Can you go to jail for spreading a contagious virus or disease? It is rare for a person to be held criminally liable for spreading a virus, although it can happen....

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Toronto ‘Feces Flinger’ Will Face Assault Charges

This exam season, university students in Toronto found a whole new reason to dread studying. The alleged feces flinger struck headlines around by throwing fecal matter and dumping buckets of liquefied fecal matter, apparently unprovoked. Mr. Opoku was arrested and...

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Home Alone: A Toronto Criminal Lawyer Defends Kevin McAllister

It’s the most wonderful time of year - the time where Home Alone is playing seemingly at all times of day across all channels. And like all things that are good and pure, the internet is making its best attempt to sully the good name of Kevin McAllister. Every year,...

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How Do Prisons Accommodate Special Diets?

Food is an important issue in prisoner’s rights. Canadian prisons adhere to the WHO International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This means that prisoners have a right to safe food and adequate nutrition. But on a diet based on the needs of an...

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About The Mistaken Identity Defence

According to the Innocence Project, 69% of wrongful convictions exonerated by DNA were the result of mistaken identity. Eyewitness accounts tend to weigh heavily in court, so criminal defence lawyers use the mistaken identity defence to discredit these accounts as...

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Is Accepting A Peace Bond An Admission Of Guilt?

Accepting to enter into a Peace Bond is not an admission of guilt. There is no conviction registered and there is no finding of guilty, but there is an acknowledgement that the victim may have a concern for their safety. What is a Peace Bond? A Peace Bond is a Court...

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What is Domestic Violence? Is It Assault?

What is Domestic Violence? Is It Assault?

The conduct, behaviour and injuries associated with domestic violence can span a range of offences similar to ordinary assaults. Although domestic violence or domestic assault are not officially terms that are defined or mentioned in the Canadian Criminal Code, but intimate partner violence is and...

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What is an Absolute Discharge Under Canadian Law

What is an Absolute Discharge Under Canadian Law

What is an absolute discharge? Absolute discharges are a finding of guilt by a Judge, but no subsequent criminal conviction or criminal record. There is no punishment imposed by the court for absolute discharges. When a judge grants an absolute discharge the accused has no more obligations to the...

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