Legal consent to sexual activity requires an understanding that consent must be explicit each and every time sexual activity is engaged in with another person. Just because two people have been dating for a long time, or are married to one another, does not automatically negate the requirement that consent to sexual activity is active,...Read More
What is the legal definition of “child pornography”? “Child pornography” is defined in s.163.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada. In order for something to be considered child pornography, the law says that it must meet one of the following definitions: A photographic, film, video or other visual representation that shows a person who is...Read More
Shoplifting It’s the bane of a store owner’s existence. Boosting. Racking. Nicking. The five-finger discount. Whatever you call it, it’s shoplifting and the crime of theft under $5000 under the Criminal Code of Canada. BPS lawyers have defended hundreds of people over the years against shoplifting charges. Trials are rare as the costs associated with...Read More
The “Revolving Door” Bail System in Canada: Opinions from Edward Prutschi Many Canadians have grown very frustrated with the bail system in the country. They are not alone. Police chiefs have also become increasingly weary of the tireless routine of having to arrest the same criminals because they were out on bail. Also, political leaders...Read More
Like the cost of hiring a lawyer in any other criminal case, the cost of defending a DUI case depends on many factors. How are DUI cases billed? At BSB, as is our practice with most criminal matters, DUIs are charged on a block fee basis. This means your lawyer will quote you a fixed...Read More
What does “Bail” mean? Bail is the temporary release of an accused person while their charges work their way through the court system towards a withdrawal of the charges, a resolution or a Trial. In Canada, what we call “Bail” is technically called Judicial Interim Release. Bail hearings are for the most part conducted by...Read More
While it is commonly understood that hiring a criminal lawyer is not a cheap proposition, it is very difficult for a person to comprehend what is a reasonable or realistic cost for the services of a criminal lawyer. As is the case with other professionals, there are a number of factors that will impact the...Read More
What is a “peace bond”? A peace bond is a court order to keep the peace and be on good behaviour for a period of time. In Canada, there are two kinds of peace bonds: an s. 810 peace bond and a common law peace bond. Read More
Impaired driving has been at the forefront of Canadian political and legal debate. Statistics Canada reported that in 2017, there were over 69,000 impaired driving incidents resulting in four deaths every single day. In an attempt to combat impaired driving, Canadian Courts have been imposing prison sentences on first-time offenders – a phenomenon practically unheard...Read More
Father Of Ontario Girl Found Safe After Amber Alert Won’t Be Charged, But Should The People Who Raised The Concern Be? A recent Amber Alert that saw a man cleared of abduction allegations has some people wondering why the source of the complaint has not been charged for making a false claim. Partner, Edward Prutschi,...Read More
Boris Bytensky LL.B.
Sonya Shikhman LL.B.
Brittany Smith J.D