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March

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Sexual Assault Involving “Date Rape Drugs”

“Date Rape” = Sexual Assault “Date rape” is a term used to describe sexual assault by a friend or an acquaintance and is a shockingly common, though widely under-reported, crime in Canada. According to a Statistics Canada survey, most (69%) … Continue reading

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March

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Post With Extreme Caution: Your Social Media Updates Can Sink Your Criminal Defence

Police and Crown Prosecutors Will Use Your Posts Against You If you are not using social media, your kid, friends and the people around you likely are. Social media use has exploded over the past decade, with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram … Continue reading

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February

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When Can Police Lawfully Search My Vehicle?

In Canada, there are specific laws that govern when and under what circumstances police can stop and search your vehicle. The failure of police to follow these guidelines or overstep their authority may constitute a violation of Section 8 of … Continue reading

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February

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Impaired Driving Laws And Marijuana: What Canadian Drivers Need to Know

You Can Be Arrested For Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Under Canadian law, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by either drugs or alcohol is considered a crime. A conviction for operating while impaired can have serious implications. In … Continue reading

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January

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When Youth Offences Become Adult Offences

The Youth Criminal Justice Act Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), adopted in 2003, sets forth guidelines for prosecuting youths ages 12 to 18 who are alleged to have committed crimes. The purpose of the YCJA is to provide a … Continue reading

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January

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Can Verbally Threatening Someone Land You in Jail?

Toronto is famous for many things: clean streets, friendly people, cultural diversity, and thriving commerce. Unfortunately, it is also now infamous for its charismatic mayor, Rob Ford. The politician’s antics have landed him in some pretty hot water. Among his … Continue reading

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January

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Prescription Drug and Trafficking Offences

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise When people think of drug crimes or drug abuse, they typically picture illicit substances bought on the “street” like cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. Although these substances make up a large portion of drug-related criminal … Continue reading

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November

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Presumed Guilty: How the Government’s New DNA Proposal Undermines Section 8

The Federal Government has proposed yet another incursion into the civil rights of Canadians. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that the government is considering collecting DNA samples of Canadians arrested for certain … Continue reading

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March

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Why you need a criminal lawyer

When you’re facing a challenge, hiring the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions that you can make to protect yourself. This is never more true than when it comes to criminal charges. If you have been charged … Continue reading

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