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When to Hire a Private Investigator for Criminal Defence

The vast majority of criminal defences do not require the use of a private investigator. Criminal lawyers are highly skilled and extremely diligent in examining the investigative police report and the prosecution’s evidence. As such, hiring a PI is a special...

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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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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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What is Aggravated Assault?

What is Aggravated Assault?

An aggravated assault is the most serious violent crime before murder under Canadian criminal law. A simple assault, or common assault, is when there is the intentional application of force, directly or indirectly, to another person without their consent. But an aggravated assault is committed when that assault “wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant”.

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