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What is the Best and Worst Case Scenario for My DUI?

The term ‘impaired driving’ is used when referring to the criminal offence of operating a motor vehicle while your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by  alcohol or a drug.    If your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by alcohol or a drug to...

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What are the Basic Types of Domestic Violence?

While there is no specific offence of family violence listed in the Canadian Criminal Code, acts of family violence are crimes in Canada. If you are convicted of a crime and it is  determined that the crime you were engaged in was against a family member, then the...

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DUI Charges Apply to More Than Alcohol

When we hear the term ‘driving under the influence,’ we usually think it applies to someone who has had too much to drink. However, it can also apply to people who have recently used marijuana or other drugs. While Canada recently legalized marijuana for adult...

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Is Canada Experiencing a Fentanyl Crisis?

Recently, in Hamilton, a young man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of  a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000. He allegedly possessed fentanyl and purple fentanyl. According to Janssen...

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Can I Keep Driving After A DUI Conviction?

Maintaining the ability to drive is critical to ensure individual freedom. Driving can be a mandatory part of your employment and can keep you connected to friends and family. However, if you have been arrested or convicted of driving while impaired, you should...

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Marijuana Offences – What’s Legal And What’s Not?

Possession of recreational marijuana officially became legal under Canada’s Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018. The Liberal government also recently announced that fast and free pardons will soon be available for persons who were convicted of simple marijuana possession...

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Facts About Sexual Assault

The most recent data published by Statistics Canada shows a decline in the number of total decisions in criminal charges involving sexual assault. 2011 to 2012 had 4,058 decisions. 2015 to 2016 had 2,839 decisions. The same period also shows a drop in the number of...

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Drug Offences And The Opioid Crisis

Similar to the United States, Canada faces many challenges as it deals with drug trafficking and smuggling issues. In the U.S., a significant portion of drugs are smuggled into the country from South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. In Canada, illegal drugs also...

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The Different Forms Of Theft

Fortunately for its residents, Canada is a country that has a great standard of living. Canadians enjoy the benefits of political stability and economic security that is envied by many. However, Canada is not perfect and crime still occurs here — particularly theft....

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Types Of Assault

A violent act, particularly one committed in the heat of the moment, is a simple concept to understand. A person lets emotions override rational thought and acts irresponsibly. Once the situation has settled down and an individual has time to contemplate what...

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Defending Charges of Spousal Assault

Intimate partner violence is a major health concern for the public not only for residents of Canada, but for people around the world. There is also a percentage of domestic assault allegations that are false, which has led to individuals being wrongly convicted and...

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Can You Be Convicted of DUI Without a BAC Test?

Canada has new impaired driving laws that are now in effect. The penalties for drunk driving are not set in stone and may be dependent on different factors, including: The blood alcohol content of the driver Whether the driver was a novice, the operator of a...

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The Residual Effects of Drug Trafficking

Of all the drug offences in Canada, drug trafficking generally has the harshest penalties. The jail terms and fines are frequently much greater than those for distribution and possession. Under Canadian law, drug trafficking is not just limited to selling drugs, but...

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How a Charge of Shoplifting Can Affect Your Life

Crimes and their subsequent punishments are separated by degrees. Not all criminal acts should have the same level of penalties. Therefore, the Criminal Code of Canada purposely makes a point of appropriately evaluating the scope and nature of a crime. For example,...

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The Various Terms for Family Violence in Canada

Family violence is any type of neglect or abuse experienced by an adult or child at the hands of another family member or a person with whom the abused has an intimate relationship. The abuse does not have to be physical. It can be emotional or financial, as well....

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The “Warn Range” for Impaired Driving in Ontario

Over the counter medications, certain prescription drugs, cannabis and other illegal substances can affect your reaction time, judgement, motor skills and coordination. Even in the smallest amount, drugs can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle. Regardless...

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Potential Penalties for Sexual Assault

In Canada, the crime of sexual assault covers a broad range of offences. The potential penalties if convicted may range from simple probation to a lengthy jail term. A sexual assault defence lawyer in Ontario can speak to you about your case if you are facing charges...

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Understanding Canada’s National Sex Offender Registry

To combat the prevalence of sexual assault in Canada, the Criminal Code has a wide definition of sexual assault that goes well beyond rape. It encompasses unwelcome sexual acts such as kissing, fondling, digital penetration, oral sex or touching someone in a sexual...

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Proving Knowledge of an Illegal Drug

For the prosecution of a case involving drugs, the Crown must establish that the substance involved is actually a prohibited substance. This determination is made by adhering to the definitions set out in the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. A list of some of the...

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How Sexual Misconduct Differs From Sexual Assault

A recent CNN article, ‘This is Why People Hesitate to Report a Sexual Misconduct’, referenced the rape accusations against Bill Cosby as well as Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both students....

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Serious Drug Offences

There are many different criminal drug charges a person can face in Canada. These offences come with mandatory minimum penalties, and those are more severe when an aggravating factor in present. If you have been charged with a drug-related offence in Canada, you need...

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