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Medical Marijuana & Illegal Dispensaries

This article is meant for informational purposes and is meant to assist people that may want to use marijuana legally for medical purposes in Ontario.  If you plan on accessing medical marijuana: refer directly to the government source documents; speak to medical professionals; and obtain information directly from licensed producers. I am a criminal defence […]

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Reconciliation Following Domestic Charges

When one person in a relationship is charged with a domestic offence, the couple will often find themselves wanting to reconcile and work to repair their relationship. However, the criminal justice system often pushes these couples apart and interferes with their wishes to fix their relationship. Domestic Criminal Offences A domestic offence is one that […]

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Cross-Examination in Domestic and Sexual Assault Trials

Cross-examination in domestic assault and sexual assault trials is often the key to victory. The trier of fact, being a judge or jury, is left with two competing versions of events and has to decide whether the case has or has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Successful cross-examination is necessary to expose weaknesses […]

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Recent Changes to the victim surcharge Law

During the sentencing hearing, an individual convicted of a criminal offence will be told that they are to pay a victim surcharge.  The victim surcharge is a monetary penalty applied upon conviction in addition to any other sentence imposed by the judge.  While it used to be the case that judges could choose not to […]

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How To Protect Your Reputation As A Professional When Handling A Criminal Case

Many people’s careers depend on their reputation.  In fact, most people depend on their reputation: businessmen, lawyers, doctors, contractors, dentists, mechanics, corporations, and any service provider.  If you are the owner of a large or small business a major component of your success will depend on the trust that your customers have in you and […]

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Similar Act Evidence in Criminal Trials to Prove Identity of the Offender

In some situations there are many crimes committed by the same person.  The prosecutor only has a strong case establishing the identity in one of the incidents.  How does the prosecutor attempt to prove the other crimes?  The answer is similar act evidence applications. The Prosecutor is generally not allowed to lead propensity evidence during […]

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Recent Developments in Firearms Sentencing

In November 2013, the Ontario Court of Appeal released a number of judgments that have the potential to drastically change the sentencing law in relation to convictions for possession of a loaded prohibited firearm (section 95 of the Criminal Code). The Offence Section 95 of the Code criminalizes the unauthorized possession of a restricted or […]

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The Civil Remedies Act – The New Proceeds of Crime Regime

The Civil Remedies Act is a powerful tool that can be used by law enforcement to take monies and/or property that are suspected to be derived from crime. The legal community and police community calls this illicit money “proceeds of crime”.  A recent case has critics concerned that the Civil Remedies Act is too powerful. […]

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The National Sex Offender Registry: Existing Rules and New Developments

Since 2004, the Canadian government has maintained a National Sex Offender Registry (the “National Registry”), containing data about individuals who have been convicted of sexual offences.  As a result, convictions for most sexual offences will be accompanied by an order to make regular reports to the National Registry. Recently, the Government of Canada has proposed […]

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