Why Do I Need a Criminal Defence Lawyer in Toronto?

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defence Lawyer in Toronto?

This question might seem a bit redundant, as most people facing criminal charges realize they need a defence lawyer to represent them in their criminal matter. However, other people do not always feel the need to retain a lawyer because they feel the charges are minor, like shoplifting or driving under the influence.

Regardless of the type of offence, it is essential to remember all crimes – whether major or minor – should be considered serious offences. While the law does allow an individual to represent themselves in court and their charges, this does not always bode well for several reasons, we will discuss shortly. Returning to the seriousness of offences, even minor offences can have serious consequences and punishments, if convicted and found guilty of the offence. (read more…)

Sexual Assault Why Consent Is Important

One of the most common defences given for those charged with sexual assault criminal offences is they believed consent was given by the victim. However, this is not always the case and the accused merely assumed the other person indicted their consent in the affirmative in some manner. Unfortunately for the accused and the victim alike, the miscommunication in regards to consent have led to life-altering circumstances. (read more…)

Canadian citizens have specific rights as contained within the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Unfortunately, most people do not realize or understand these rights, which can sometimes lead to an abuse of power by law enforcement and unlawful or illegal searches and seizures. When it comes to your home, whether you own it or are renting, law enforcement have limited powers and must adhere to the letter of the law. (read more…)

The vast majority of people charged with impaired driving offences are first-time offenders. For these people, the anxiety and stress of being arrested, transported to the police station, and charged can be traumatic. In many cases, this is also their first type of criminal offence. As such, it is not uncommon for them to want to quickly attempt to resolve the matter so they can get back to their normal lives.

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During the initial bail hearing process, the Court will prescribe certain conditions and terms for release that must be adhered to until the case has been resolved. In some cases, these conditions present challenges for the accused and a bail variation is required.

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