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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...

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Defending Against Charges of Sexual Interference

A Sexual Interference charges involves indirect or direct touching for sexual purposes of a person under the age of consent. In Canada, the criminal code established that the age of consent is generally 16 years of age, though it can be up to 18 if the other person...

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How Quickly Sexual Assault Laws are Changing

Sexual assault laws are changing in Canada. Political movements like #MeToo and several high-profile sexual assault cases in Canada have shed light on sexual assault laws and how these crimes are reported and charged.

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Understanding Charges Of Voyeurism

Voyeurism, or the act of secretly watching or recording a person who is naked for sexual purposes, is a recent addition to the criminal code. It was added in 2005 in response to the invention of new technology that makes recording video and images possible in more...

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Accused of Sexual Assault: What Should I Do?

If you have been accused of sexual assault, it is important to understand the possible consequences and take steps to protect yourself. An accusation of sexual assault can result in criminal charges, as well as damage to your reputation. You may be facing a lengthy...

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Changes to Mandatory Minimum Sentencing For Sexual Offences

Mandatory minimum sentences control judicial discretion. This is supposed to help reduce certain crimes by sending a message to the public that these offences will not be tolerated, and they will be punished severely. In Canada, some sexual offences have mandatory...

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Defining Consent in Sexual Assault

Consent is an issue that arises in many areas of criminal law in Canada. Issues surround consent are most often associated with assault-related charges. Specifically, what is consent within the sexual assault and within common physical assault-related cases?  But...

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How Criminal Charges are Classified in Canada

How Criminal Charges are Classified in Canada

When you're facing criminal charges, it's important to understand how the courts and prosecutors classify criminal offences. This article will help you understand the severity of criminal offenses and what potential penalties you may face. In Canada, crimes are classified into three categories:...

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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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