The topic of the legality of marijuana can be quite confusing at the moment. With marijuana dispensaries popping up, discussions on medical marijuana, and the potential for legalization of the substance in 2018, it can be quite difficult to keep up to date. Before wandering down to a local dispensary to purchase marijuana, you might […]
Have You Been Charged with Drug Possession?
Charged with drug possession? Not sure what to do? You’re not alone. Every year thousands find themselves facing drug possession charges, often stemming from carrying small amounts for personal use. Even though changes to Canadian drug laws are forthcoming, simple possession of marijuana is still contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, if not […]
Defending Weapons Charges
A weapons charge can be a serious offence in Canada. From carrying weapon while attending public meeting to weapons trafficking, there is a wide range of weapons offences, and outcomes can vary dramatically. Bail conditions, probation orders, and peace bonds often carry weapons prohibitions as well. Breaching one of these conditions can result in charges […]
Assault & Uttering Threats
Acts of violence, or threats of violence, can result in severe consequences in Canada. Most people will either witness or be involved in some sort of physical confrontation in their lifetime. The Criminal Code has multiple offences that cover this type of conduct, such as uttering threats, assault, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily […]
DIGITAL PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE – R. v. Marakah 2017 SCC 59
On December 7, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision on digital privacy. In the age of digital communications, this decision from our highest court was long overdue. Prior to the decision in R. v. Marakah, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled there was no privacy interest in a text once it […]
The Jordan Decision: Unreasonable Trial Delays
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms entrenched civil rights in the Canadian Constitution. The Charter plays an integral role in criminal law. Section 11 of the Charter protects rights in relation to criminal and penal matters, codifying fundamental concepts considered pillars of the criminal justice system. To name only a few of the rights […]
Have You Been Charged with Public Mischief?
Television programming and film are replete with examples of characters making false accusations and lying to police during investigations. Perhaps to divert authorities from themselves or to protect someone they know. But what you often don’t see is the consequences of these actions. Being intentionally deceitful to law enforcement has serious consequences. You can be […]
Toronto Criminal Lawyer: FAQ About Sexual Assault Charges
Have you been falsely accused of sexual assault? If so, an experienced legal team is essential to help you prove your innocence and defend your reputation. Sexual assault law is complex and difficult to navigate. Below, you will find some of the basics to help you understand what you are facing. Legal Definition of Consent […]
Can Police Enter Your Home Without Permission?
Can the police enter and search your home without your permission? Can you tell them to “come back with a warrant,” as is often seen on American television and film? The subject requires some clarification in the Canadian context. You are entitled to privacy in your own home, but there are several circumstances in which […]
Why You Need a Lawyer Following a Domestic Violence Charge
Being charged with a criminal offence can be devastating. Many people believe that because they are innocent, they do not require a lawyer, or that a lawyer is an unnecessary expense. This is usually a mistake. A big mistake. The criminal justice system is not always sympathetic or understanding. The consequences of being found guilty […]