The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a right to a reasonable bail. The Criminal Code states that, in most cases, a person MUST be released on their own recognizance without any conditions. In some “reverse onus” circumstances, the accused has to demonstrate why they should be released and on what conditions Restrictive conditions can...Read More
Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home by knifepoint and held prisoner by a husband and wife, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Mitchell is serving life in jail, but Barzee is set to be released from prison in a few days. This release has many people upset, and Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi...Read More
Toronto Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi discusses Premier Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause. Prutschi explains that Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause can be traced back through years of the judicial system flexing their power over lawfully elected officials. While freedom of expression is important, how is that right impacted by the ability to run...Read More
Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi discussed the sentencing of the Mosque Shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, with Jerry Agar on NewsTalk1010. Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. The Crown has threatened him with up to 150 years in prison to be served consecutively. This means he would serve...Read More
A husband in Saskatoon is in legal limbo after witnessing his wife kill herself. His wife decided to commit suicide after being denied medically assisted suicide. She grounded up pills, and after taking them laid down next to her husband where she passed. The husband called the police afterward, which led to his arrest although...Read More
Convicted killer Dellen Millard is about to go on trial for the third time. The possibility of him ever getting out is slim to none, even without this third conviction. So why are they spending the time and money to prosecute him a third time? Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi discusses it on NewsTalk1010. This...Read More
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 our sexual assault lawyers share...Read More
Media and the justice system have always been intertwined, but now more than ever in the digital era. The days of simply reporting cases are gone though. Both digital and traditional media have now adopted the activist call #BelieveTheVictim. This hashtag has emerged from public outrage over the number of acquittals Canada has seen recently...Read More
Toronto Child Porn Charges Dropped But The Damage Is Done Read how partner, Boris Bytensky, fought for 16 straight months to secure a withdrawal of all charges in a child pornography case. Even after winning the case, Mr. Bytensky and the team at Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman leveraged their extensive knowledge of Canadian media to counter...Read More
Tory Wants to Add “Rape” to Criminal Code Over 30 years ago, the term rape was taken out of Criminal Code of Canada and was instead replaced with the broader term of sexual assault. While many legal analysts have said that such an umbrella term is problematic and cannot encompass the full scope of sexual...Read More
Boris Bytensky LL.B.
Sonya Shikhman LL.B.
Brittany Smith J.D