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What Do Criminal Lawyers Do?

What is a Criminal Defence Lawyer If you have been charged with a criminal offence and are looking for help, then you may be wondering what a criminal lawyer does. This type of lawyer is someone who specializes in criminal law and can represent you in court if you are...

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Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Many individuals facing criminal charges have questions about alternate methods of making up for the harm caused by their alleged crime instead of a prison sentence. In this post, we’ll examine what is meant by diversion, go through the diversion procedures and...

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What To Do If You’re a Tourist Arrested in Canada

If you are visiting Canada from another country, chances are you are hoping to see some natural beauty and visit some friendly cities. But what happens when your travel plans turn out unexpectedly and you find yourself arrested while travelling? In this post, we’ll...

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Conflict of Interest: What Is it And How to Avoid It

Conflicts of Interest From lawyers to politicians, we expect a certain level of trustworthiness and service out of those that we trust with governance and law. The hope is that members of the legal and governmental institutions will use their powers for the benefit of...

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What Happens if I Fail to Comply With Bail?

1. Section 145(4) — Failure to Comply with Undertaking  Failing to comply with bail conditions is made an offence by s. 145(4) of the Criminal Code, which states that: “Every person is guilty of an indictable offence or criminal charge and liable for imprisonment...

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What is a Vetrovec Warning?

A Vetrovec warning is a warning provided to a jury about “relying on the informer’s unsupported testimony”[1]. These “clear and sharp warning[s]”[2] are given to the jury to alert them to the risk of relying on the evidence of an “unreliable witness”[3]. Whether to...

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What is Child Abandonment in Legal Terms?

I. Criminal Code of Canada, section 218 — Abandoning Child: s. 218 of the code makes it an offence for one to (a) unlawfully abandon or expose a child under the age of ten, where (b) its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to be...

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Horrible Grinch Convicted for Criminal Offences

We have all wondered how Dr. Seuss' the Grinch stole Christmas, but has anyone considered the criminal offences he would have been convicted of along the way? In his attempt to steal Christmas, because he hates Christmas so much, the Grinch committed a litany of...

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How Long Do Police Have to Lay Criminal Charges?

What is the statute of limitations on criminal charges? How long do police have to lay criminal charges? Of all the concerns people have after committing an offence, waiting for the police to show up is likely near the top of the list. And for good reason – no one...

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What is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?”

In Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects us with the right to a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” But just how far does protection extend in an era that is increasingly less private? Our bill of rights guarantees that “everyone has the right to be...

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Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

Bail For Murder Charges in Toronto

In Toronto, bail is only granted in exceptional circumstances for those who have outstanding murder charges. In order to be considered for bail, you and your proposed sureties must meet certain conditions set out by the court. If you are unable to meet these conditions, you may be required to...

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Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Actual Cost of Sexual Assault Charges

Nobody wants to talk about the actual cost of sexual assault charges. Particularly when it comes to discussing the actual costs that serious sexual offences impose on the justice system. This is likely due, in part, to the fact that most people not involved in the criminal justice system don't...

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Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

Drug Impaired Driving – The Best DRE Checklist

What Is a Drug Recognition Expert? A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is a police officer trained to scientifically identify if a person's ability to operate motor vehicle is drug impaired by or impaired by alcohol. They are scientifically trained to determine if a person is driving under the...

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