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Practice Areas

Mitch Engel concentrates his law practice exclusively in the area of criminal defence law. This field, however, is far from narrow; criminal law encompasses a wide array of constantly-evolving legal issues and many types of criminal matters. Mitch Engel and his legal staff have the knowledge and experience to advise clients about any type of criminal case and to provide the most effective defence for every client. Practice areas include:


Domestic Violence

If you have been accused of or charged with domestic violence, you need experienced legal representation as soon as possible. You need an advisor who understands the complex law in this area, as well as the sensitive emotional and psychological elements involved in such charges. Mitch Engel can help you understand your rights when it comes to restraining orders and peace bonds, criminal proceedings, and how accusations of abuse may affect your family law rights. Mitch Engel is ready to act as your advocate during this difficult time.


DUI / Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a common but serious charge in Ontario. A conviction may come with stiff penalties (including fines and prison time) and can negatively impact your driver’s license, insurance, and job prospects, not to mention your reputation. If you are facing a charge of impaired driving, DUI, or Over 80, then you should seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defence lawyer immediately. Mitch Engel can advise you about the charges against you and your rights under the law, and can look for the best possible approach to your defence (whether that means challenging law enforcement actions or test results, negotiating for a plea bargain, or fighting for your acquittal before a judge). Don’t let an impaired driving charge damage your future.


Drug Charges

Drug offences in Ontario are treated as serious crimes by law enforcement and the courts, and even first-time offenders may face severe repercussions, including hefty fines and jail time. Fighting drug charges takes diligence, skill, and a nuanced understanding of some complex areas of law. Mitch Engel and his team have extensive experience defending drug cases, and are prepared to protect you too. No matter how difficult the case, we will work to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for you.


Violent Crimes

Violent crime is a general term for any criminal offence that involves the use of violence or force, or even the threat of violence or force. Violent crime is a fairly broad category that encompasses a number of specific criminal offences, including murder, rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault or battery. Violent crimes often involve weapons such as knives, clubs, or firearms, but an action may be considered a violent crime even if no weapon is used. Criminal defence lawyer Mitch Engel defends clients charged with violent crimes and has the experience and expertise to help protect your rights.


White Collar Crime

White collar crime is a general term used to describe nonviolent crimes where the aim is illegal financial gain; it includes crimes such as embezzlement, fraud, insider trading, identity theft, and many other offences. These cases often involve lengthy government investigations into complex financial schemes. For those who are being investigated in connection with possible white collar criminal activities or have been charged with such an offence, the advice of experienced defence counsel can be invaluable in helping to preserve a defendant’s rights and reputation. Criminal defence lawyer Mitch Engel is available to provide sound legal advice and effective advocacy for white collar defendants.


Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a category of violent crime that is characterized by a non-consensual sexual act. Rape is a type of sexual assault, in which the perpetrator engages in forcible sexual intercourse with another person. Many sexual assault crimes involve a weapon; this can increase the possible charges or sentence that a defendant may face. Sexual assault charges are prosecuted vigorously by the Crown, and generally carry significant prison terms. A conviction on a sexual assault charge may also have lasting effects on your life for years to come, impacting everything from employment opportunities to child custody matters. Criminal defence lawyer Mitch Engel has experience defending clients against sexual assault charges, and is committed to defending his clients’ rights.


Youth Court Cases

In Canada, young people (those between 12 and 17 years of age) accused of criminal activity are treated differently than adults charged with similar crimes. Youth offences are governed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. If someone under the age of 18 commits a crime, his or her case will be handled as a youth offence even after he or she turns 18. Like adults, young people facing the criminal justice system have a right to a lawyer, and should retain legal counsel prior to their first appearance in court. The government’s goal in these cases is to help rehabilitate the young person and allow him or her to become a productive member of society. To that end, there may be options for reducing the long-term effects of a youth offence on a child’s life. Criminal defence lawyer Mitch Engel has extensive experience dealing with youth cases, and is ready to work to protect your child’s rights and future.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of the types of matters that Mitch Engel and his team can handle. The firm defends clients faced with all types of criminal charges, including fraud, harassment, theft, white collar crime, juvenile cases, and many other criminal offences. Mitch Engel can guide you through every phase of your case, from initial police investigation through bail, pre-trial proceedings, plea bargain negotiations, and trials. He will not only fight for you in court; he will be your advisor and ally every step of the way. Call today for a free consultation. Since 1996, the law firm of Mitch Engel, Barrister & Solicitor has been providing clients throughout the Oshawa, Brampton, and Mississauga areas with top-level criminal defence services. Mitch Engel devotes his practice solely to criminal defence cases, and handles every matter with passion and professionalism. He has earned a strong reputation in the Ontario legal community, including among Crown prosecutors and judges, as a skilled negotiator, a formidable legal practitioner, and a fierce advocate for his clients. Mitch Engel is one of the most respected and sought-after criminal defence lawyers in the province, and he looks forward to applying his expertise to your case. Call today to get the legal advice you need to reclaim your life.