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Brampton judge tosses organized crime-linked gambling case over ‘egregious’ 12-day wait for bail hearing

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Understanding Your Rights: A Guide for Criminal Defendants in Toronto

The Canadian justice system affords criminal defendants with several rights. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, you should be aware of these rights. This article is meant to be a summary of those rights only. If you are facing criminal charges and have questions about your rights, …

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The Top 5 Things to Know About Bail Hearings in Toronto

1. Pursuant to s. 515 of the Criminal Code, in most cases, you are presumed to be releasable unless the Crown can convince the Court otherwise. If you have been charged with an offence and have been taken into police custody, then you will require a bail hearing to ensure …

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Inmate Deaths

In January 2023, the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel on Deaths in Provincial Custody released a report entitled ‘An Obligation to Prevent: Report from the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Expert Panel on Deaths in Custody.’ The report—which has received significant media attention since its release—examines a recent increase in deaths among …

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Criminal Code Offences

The Criminal Code contains a dizzying array of charges that a person can face and incorporates into it a host of other statutes (such as the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) that create further criminal liability. The Criminal Code is our Bible and Our Toronto criminal lawyers can help you navigate each …

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What does a criminal lawyer do?

A criminal lawyer is involved during all phases of a criminal case- from the arrest to the last day of the trial. The lawyer is there to represent the accused to the full extent of the law and to provide support during this very difficult process.  If you are charged …

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Questions to ask your lawyer about your criminal case

What is your experience with cases like mine? Because of the serious consequences of a criminal conviction, it is important to know that your lawyer has the experience and expertise to handle your case. You will want to know how long your lawyer has been practicing, whether they practice exclusively …

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Sexual Assault Lawyers Explain Canadian Definition

In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, more people are wondering what exactly sexual assault is. What is considered sexual assault has been altered and updated as times changed, which only adds to the confusion surrounding this term. Different countries might have different definitions of it, but …

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How to Select a Toronto Criminal Lawyer

It is everybody’s worst fear to have a brush with the law. Whether it is a simple traffic violation or a difficult sexual assault case, finding the right criminal defense lawyer is key. Not all lawyers are made the same though. Criminal lawyers have different specializations, experience, and knowledge. The …

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Understanding Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

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 …

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Boris Bytensky

Boris Bytensky at iHeart Media Chief Legal Analyst.

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R. v. K.J.M. 2019 SCC 55 What is an 11(b) defence? The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is meant to guarantee that the person’s criminal charges are dealt with expeditiously thus limiting the time that the person’s liberty is interfered with through bail conditions etc. Any person charged with an offence has the right: …

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