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When an Impaired Charge Can be Pardoned

Few Canadians would be surprised to find out that being charged with impaired driving is not only serious but can carry severe consequences.  Despite this, impaired driving offences are one of the most common offences to be charged in the Criminal Code. Further, individuals who have been convicted of impaired driving can also apply for […]

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Criminal Conspiracy Charges and Why They Can be Complicated

Criminal conspiracy allegations are often complex. In many conspiracy cases the evidence is circumstantial, and for the accused to be found guilty, a number of key elements need to be proven. Below are some of the most important elements of the offence. Agreement of Parties In order to make out a criminal conspiracy, there needs […]

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Sharing Digital Images and How it Can Come Back to Bite You

What happens when you share an intimate picture of your ex-partner and it ends up going viral for the world to see?  Depending on whether or not you had permission to share it, you could end up facing serious consequences.  Sharing digital images that were believed to be private and are intimate is a serious […]

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What You Need To Know About Impaired Driving

If you are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the province of Ontario, you will be subjected to some of the toughest laws in North America.  Ontario takes great pride in its initiatives to reduce impaired driving.  In 2015, according to Statistics Canada, Ontario reported some of the lowest numbers of […]

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How much Marijuana in your Possession is a Criminal Offence?

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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