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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?

Can you face charges for kidnapping your own child? It’s something that happens more often than one might expect. It’s most common when the parents do not live together, and one parent kidnaps the child when they do not have...

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Defining Obstruction of a Police Officer in Toronto

Recently with an increase of public demonstrations in Toronto there has been some discussions about obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duties. But what does this actually mean? Well, the Toronto Police Service have released their official...

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Police Entrapment Myths & Misunderstandings

Police entrapment is an oft-misunderstood term. There are a number of television-inspired myths surrounding what police can and cannot do. As an unfortunate result, people at times do not realize that they are victims of police entrapment. This blog looks at the most...

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Difference Between Theft, Robbery, & Burglary

Theft, robbery, and burglary all involve the stealing of property. These charges, however, under Canadian law have different meanings, interpretations and consequences. Defending against any of these charges requires an understanding of the differences between them....

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Consequences of a Breaching a Probation Order

A Probation Order has become a far too common component of a person’s sentence. Probation Orders contain conditions that must be followed for the term of the order. Failing to comply with a probation condition can result in serious consequences. Probation Orders The...

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Grow-Op Charges for Marijuana

Marijuana production and cultivation charges, even for small grow-ops, can carry significant penalties. Depending on the allegations and the number of plants lengthy jail sentences are a real possibility. An experienced drug defence lawyer is your best chance to...

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Does A Youth Criminal Lawyer Serve The Parent Or The Child?

Usually, a youth criminal defence lawyer is hired by a parent of the child who is facing charges. At times this can lead to some confusion with parents as to whether it is them, or their child, that is the actual client. The child is the client. Most lawyers who work...

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“Not Criminally Responsible” Defence Toronto

The defence of mental disorder, which is commonly referred to a Not Criminally Responsible defence, or simply NCR, is used when a person is unable to appreciate the nature or quality of the crime they committed or even able to know it was wrong. Not criminally...

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Special Considerations for Young Offenders

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) replaced the Young Offenders Act and built upon it’s best practices. The main goal of the act is the protection of society through crime prevention, meaningful consequences for youth that commit crime with an emphasis on...

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Transcript Fees Starting May 1, 2014

Starting on May 1, 2014, there will be new Transcript Fees across the province for everyone ordering transcripts of Ontario Court proceedings. A transcript is a written record of everything said during a court proceeding. It includes all decisions made by Judges and...

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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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