Defending Against Criminal Allegations

Don't let an error in judgement completely derail your future

Criminal Law

Any criminal allegation – whether it results in a conviction or not – can have serious consequences to your life and to your career, especially if you are in a regulated profession. As a former police officer who now works the other side of the courtroom, I have a unique perspective on the legal system, and I use that perspective to the advantage of my clients when advocating on their behalf to help minimize or even neutralize those consequences.

Impaired Driving (DUI)

The consequences of an impaired driving conviction can be severe, impacting a person’s ability to work, travel, and find future employment.

There are a number of ways to defend against such charges, depending on the facts of the case and the specific “drinking and driving” charge at hand, including challenging the accuracy of the breathalyzer, the timeline of events and any delays, the investigating officer’s credibility, etc.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Other Driving Offences

There are a number of driving offences aside from impaired driving, such as dangerous driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, flight from police, and Highway Traffic Act offences or tickets. Depending on the exact charge and the facts surrounding the case, the penalties for driving offence convictions can range from fines to jail time, can often include a suspension of your driver’s licence, and can have a serious impact on your future.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Criminal harassment, assault, mischief

A conviction for criminal harassment, assault, mischief, and other domestic related charges may lead to a criminal record, fines, probation, a restraining order, and even jail. Special considerations apply for those facing domestic allegations, especially if children are involved or if there are ongoing family law proceedings.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Drug offences

Drug offences can range from minor (simple possession of a small amount of personal use marijuana) to serious (possession, trafficking, and even importing “hard” drugs, such as cocaine or heroin), but any drug conviction can have a serious impact on your future, particularly your ability to travel to other countries. As well, the fact that there are numerous drug offences with mandatory minimum sentences means these charges need to be taken seriously and handled deftly.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Theft and shoplifting

Theft is classified as either 1) Theft Under $5000 or 2) Theft Over $5000. Sentences can range from a maximum of 6 months, for a Theft Under $5000 conviction that proceeds by Summary Conviction, to a maximum of 10 years, for a Theft Over $5000 conviction. Either way, Theft is considered a crime of dishonesty, and the impact on an individual’s future can be far-reaching. Aside from the potential public embarrassment, a criminal conviction for theft or shoplifting can significantly impact a person’s ability to find or keep employment, enter certain professions, or even travel.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Firearms and weapons related offences

Given how heavily firearms are regulated in Canada, firearms and other weapons related offences can easily be committed, even by individuals who are attempting to be law abiding. The consequences of such offences (and of other proceedings such as firearms prohibition applications and licencing denials) can be far reaching, especially for individuals who own fireams and other weapons lawfully.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Fraud

Fraud is an intentional deception used to harm another. They are classified as either “fraud under $5000” or “fraud over $5000”; either way, they are taken very seriously by the Crown because they are considered a crime of dishonesty. A fraud conviction can seriously impede your ability to find and keep employment and can jeopardize your professional license.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is the broad legal term used to describe a range of sexually related criminal behaviours, from unwanted touching to rape. Other related charges can include aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault with a weapon, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference, and many others. Aside from the obvious possibility of jail, a conviction for a sexual offence can also result in an offender being entered into a sexual offender registry.

Your best defence against these and any other criminal allegations is a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can accurately access the facts of the case, wisely navigate the complex case law surrounding it, and effectively negotiate and advocate on your behalf.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.

Bails

Every person arrested and not released by the police is entitled to be brought to court for bail within 24 hours or as soon as practicable. At the hearing, the accused will be brought before a Justice of the Peace to determine whether he or she can be released or held in custody pending trial.

There are many factors that will affect whether an accused gets bail, including the charge, the accused’s history, the accused’s release plan, sureties, etc. Release may be dependent on conditions, such as observing a curfew, staying away from a person or place, operating a motor vehicle, etc.

Your best course of action if you are facing a bail hearing is to hire a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defence lawyer who can advocate for a fair release and potentially prevent you from spending months in jail – before you’ve ever been convicted.

Every case is different but our promise is always the same: to provide a complete, effective defence that puts you in the best possible position going forward.