Bytensky Shikhman Barristers Criminal Lawyer Toronto
Bytensky Shikhman Criminal Lawyers is a boutique law firm focusing on providing expert representation to individuals and corporations charged with criminal offences.
The criminal lawyers of BSB possess a wealth of experience in the criminal justice system conducting trials and appeals at every level of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Our criminal lawyers in Toronto have even been sought out by clients outside of Ontario to represent them on cases of particular complexity or importance in other Provinces.
The partners at the firm are deeply committed to criminal law and the justice system as a whole. Both are involved in educational events for lawyers and teach trial practice skills at Osgoode Hall Law School.
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50+ Years of Experience Between Our Partners
We have skilled lawyers with many years of background knowledge and experience. We combine expertise with exceptional care.
Legal Practice Areas
If you are accused of committing a criminal offence, you will need the help of a criminal lawyer. Our lawyers are experienced in all areas of criminal law and represent clients charged with all types of offences. Contact us for help in any of the following areas:
Criminal Code Offences
Our Trial Practice
The lawyers of Bytensky Shikhman Barristers have successfully conducted hundreds of trials. We have extensive experience defending many clients facing a very wide range of criminal charges from allegations as minor as shoplifting to charges as serious as murder. Included within this broad category are various property offences, frauds, drug offences, assaults, domestic assaults, sexual assaults, impaired driving, along with many other types of offences.
In Canada, every charge in the Criminal Code will be prosecuted either summarily or by indictment. Depending on the charge, the prosecution will have discretion about the mode of trial. If the Crown elects to proceed by indictment, the defence then has an option of a mode of trial (trial in the Ontario of Justice, trial in the Superior Court of Justice before a Judge or before a Judge and Jury).
Which mode of trial we recommend for each case will depend on many complex and competing interests. The lawyers at Bytensky Shikhman Barristers have extensive experience with all modes of trial at both levels of court and we will discuss the pros and cons of each choice in great detail with our clients before settling on the particular strategy that is most appropriate for their unique set of circumstances.
Boris Bytensky LL.B
Sonya Shikhman LL.B
Brittany Smith J.D.
Kathryn Doyle J.D.
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Our Appeal Practice
If you have been found guilty of a criminal offence, Bytensky Shikhman Barristers can help you appeal that decision and to attempt to get your conviction overturned. Our team of lawyers have experience with applications for bail pending appeal, summary conviction appeals to the Superior Court of Justice, indictable appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal, and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada. Bytensky Shikhman criminal lawyers are often sought out by other counsel who feel that their clients have been unjustly convicted at the trial level. Our lawyers can also assist you in appeals to reduce your sentence.
At the same time, it should be noted that mounting an appeal is a complicated task as the law affords great deference to a decision of a Trial Judge. As such, we will realistically and dispassionately advise our clients of the likely chances of success so that the client can make a fully informed decision if they wish to engage in a significant legal expense of an appeal.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TIMING: The law places strict time limits on the filing of most types of appeals (often 30 days or less) so you are urged to arrange an appointment with us as soon as possible after a conviction.
The Justice System and Our Approach
In our Justice System a person can be charged pursuant to any offence in the Criminal Code of Canada. The Criminal Code provides definitions of the types of conduct that constitutes a criminal offence. It also sets out the range of punishment that may be imposed for an offence if found guilty. In addition, the Criminal Code sets out the specific procedures to be followed by the prosecution and the permissible Orders that can be made by a Judge.
The Canadian Justice system is based around British “common law” traditions. However, it is a combination of both common law and civil law. The common law portion means that the laws are not written down in statute, but rather exist through legal precedents – referred to as case law.
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Our Lawyers In The Media
The partners and lawyers at Bytensky Shikhman Barristers are regularly called upon by the media to provide commentary and legal opinion. Mr. Bytensky and Ms. Shikhman are the official legal analysts for CTV News and Newstalk 1010.
Sonya Shikhman at CTV NEWS
Boris Byensky at NewsTalk10101’s The Jerry Agar Show
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