Sexual Assault Law in Canada

The law regarding sexual assault in Canada is complicated, at times confusing and constantly evolving.  In fact, many of our clients are surprised, sometimes shocked, to learn after they have been charged that their understanding of what constitutes a sexual assault is not in line with the law. Below are some of the realities about sexual assault cases that often ... Read More

You Can Hire a Criminal Lawyer in the GTA from Anywhere in Ontario

Hire a GTA Criminal Lawyer from anywhere in Ontario

The Province of Ontario is the second largest province by area and the largest province by population. It covers over 1 million square kilometers and can be extremely difficult to traverse, particularly during the winter months. For example, the distance between Toronto and Kenora, Ontario is approximately the same as the distance between Toronto and Jacksonville, Florida.  A person can … Read More

Extradition of Meng Wanzhou

Share this Page The B.C. Supreme Court ruled on May 27, 2020 that extradition proceedings against Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, should proceed. Double Criminality: Was Meng Wanzhou’s conduct considered criminal in Canada? The decision was eagerly anticipated by criminal defence lawyers because it dealt with a unique aspect of the principle of “double criminality”.  The principle … Read More

What are my rights and obligations when dealing with police?

what are my rights when dealing with police
People often ask about their rights and obligations when they are stopped and questioned by police.  The answer to this question depends on the facts of the situation, including where you are (e.g., in your vehicle or home or on the street) and whether police are simply interacting with you or whether you have been arrested or detained. "As a ... Read More

Are police allowed to search my phone upon arrest?

Section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides that everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure. The purpose of this section of the Charter is to protect the privacy interests of all persons in Canada. There is no doubt that many people have personal, private and sometimes sensitive information on their cell ... Read More

Defending Against Sexual Assault Charges

Defending against sexual assault charges is becoming increasingly difficult in the #metoo era. In fact, there have been a number of incremental legislative amendments and other changes in the law over the years that make defending against allegations of sexual assault more difficult than other charges. Many people are not even aware of these changes and express shock and disbelief ... Read More

What to do if you get a call from the Police

You’ve just received a call from the police, asking you to come in and answer a few questions. What should you do? Should you talk with the police? Should you comply with everything that's requested of you? It is important that you know what to do if you are ever contacted by the police.  Here we will discuss the main ... Read More

New Drinking and Driving Law in Canada Affects DUI Defence

On December 18, 2018, recent amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada will come into force that will transform the law in Canada as it relates to drinking and driving offences, including Impaired Driving and Over 80. "Reasonable Suspicion" no longer required for a DUI breath test Currently, police officers must form a “reasonable suspicion” that a person has alcohol in ... Read More

The Sex Offender Information Registration Act (“SOIRA”) and Christopher’s Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000

Who must comply with SOIRA & Christopher's Law? If a person is convicted of a designated sexual offence in Ontario, or is found to be not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder for such an offence, he or she will be required to comply with the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (Canada) (“SOIRA”) and/or the Christopher’s Law (Sex Offender Registry), ... Read More