Articles and Resources about Criminal Law in Ottawa

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    As of January 1, 2019: Ontario’s New Distracted Driving Laws

    02/28/2019
    You can now face heftier penalties if convicted of distracted driving and/or careless driving.

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    An Update on the Legality of Cannabis

    02/28/2019
    Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, is now law. The bill is a piece of government legislation that legalized access to recreational cannabis in Canada when it came into force on October 17, 2018.

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    What’s New with the Laws on Adducing Prior Sexual Activity and Complainant’s Records as Evidence?

    03/08/2019
    Sections 276 of the Criminal Code of Canada has been dubbed “rape shield law”. Essentially, it affords protections to complainants, with respect to adducing their prior sexual history as evidence in criminal proceedings. The idea is to protect alleged victims of sexual assault, while still preserving the rights of the accused.

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    What’s New with DUIs?

    03/08/2019
    Did you know that being impaired in a canoe is a potential offence?This comes as one of the many implications of the new laws on driving under the influence. Bill C-46, which came into force in December 2018, has essentially made prosecutions of these types of offences much easier.

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    Men Can Be the Victims of Domestic Assault

    15/10/2016
    In Ontario, the police take domestic assault very seriously. Depending on the nature of the offence, domestic assault can be a serious charge. Furthermore, the law gives the Crown authority to pursue a case even if the alleged victim later wishes to drop the charges – the reasoning being that victims of domestic assault often feel pressured by their abuser to withdraw the charges.

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    I Have Been Charged With Domestic Assault. What Happens Next?

    01/11/2016
    If you have been charged with domestic assault, it is important to speak to an Ontario criminal defence lawyer as soon as possible. As reported by the Globe and Mail, the Crown takes domestic assault cases very seriously. Individuals can find themselves thrown in jail and subject to prosecution before they even have a chance to really explain what happened.

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    Is It a Crime to Spank Your Child?

    15/11/2016
    When it comes to parenting, there are a wide range of styles for everything from sleeping habits and food preparation to socialization and discipline. For many parents, spanking is an acceptable form of discipline when carried out a certain way. But what does the law say about spanking a child? Does spanking ever cross the line from acceptable discipline to abuse? What about teachers and caregivers?

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    RCMP Tackles Cybercrime

    01/12/2016
    When most people hear the word “cybercrime,” they think of a shadowy, mysterious network of hackers who break into the computer networks of large corporations to steal money or valuable information. Last year, cybercrime made international news when hackers broke into the computer systems at Sony to steal emails and other data and uploaded a virus to the movie studio’s computers.

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    Can I Be Extradited from Canada for a Criminal Offence?

    15/12/2016
    Being charged with a crime in your home province or elsewhere in the country can be intimidating and stressful. Being charged with a criminal offence abroad can add stress and frustration to what is already an emotionally traumatizing experience. One of the first questions people charged with a crime in the U.S. or elsewhere ask is whether they can be extradited from Canada to stand trial in another country.

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    Auto Theft Gets High Tech

    02/01/2017
    When most people think about auto theft, they picture an individual hot-wiring a vehicle in a dark alley or a secluded driveway. According to a recent news report, however, auto theft can and does happen in broad daylight and in conspicuous areas. Furthermore, auto thieves have turned to modern technology to make theft more expedient.

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    Mental Health Issues and Criminal Offences

    16/01/2017
    In recent years, new light has been shed on the link between mental health issues and criminal offences. Not only are individuals with mental health disorders more likely to be involved in the commission of a criminal offence – they are also more likely to be the victim of an offence. According to one psychotherapist, “mentally ill people are disproportionately victimized by violent crime” and “some types of severe mental illness increase the risk that a person will perpetuate a violent crime.”

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    Will the Federal Government Decriminalize Marijuana?

    02/02/2017
    Marijuana has long been an unsettled issue, both in Canada and in the United States. Now, the federal government has announced it will likely propose legislation in 2017 to decriminalise marijuana – something that could bring clarity to the law for everyone. Both the Health Minister and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have lent their support to the proposed legislation.

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    Can I Be Charged With Drunk Driving for Sitting in My Vehicle?

    16/02/2017
    Sometimes, it’s easy for even just a drink or two to catch up with you. As you walk to your car, you realize it would be unsafe to drive. In this situation, you may decide to simply “sleep it off” in your car – a decision that’s definitely better than drinking and driving.

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    DUIs Aren’t Just for Cars

    02/03/2017
    Most people associate DUIs with motor vehicles. This makes sense, when you consider there were more than 90,000 impaired driving incidents in 2011 alone. What you may not realize is that you don’t have to be driving a car to get charged with a drunken driving offence. The drunken driving law applies to many other types of vehicles, including:

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    Is Panhandling Illegal in Ontario?

    16/03/2017
    If you spend time in urban areas, you have probably encountered panhandlers. The majority of panhandlers are not aggressive, but a select few can be quite forceful about asking for money. Understandably, many people get nervous when a panhandler acts aggressively toward them. If you have encountered a panhandler, you may have wondered whether it’s actually legal to engage in this activity.

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    Can You Turn Around At A DUI Checkpoint?

    02/04/2017
    If you have ever driven on New Year’s Eve or St. Patrick’s Day, chances are you have seen a DUI checkpoint. You may have even seen one outside a large sporting event, a music concert, or a festival. Police officers set up DUI checkpoints in an effort to deter drunk driving, as well as to stop intoxicated drivers from continuing to drive on the road.

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    Leaving the Scene of an Accident Can Cost You

    16/04/2017
    An auto accident can leave anyone feeling disoriented, shaken up, and scared. What happens now? Many people worry about encountering the police. For some, they have never had to deal with the police before. In the moments immediately following an accident, some people panic. Their sense of self-preservation takes over, and they leave the scene without considering the consequences.

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    Parent: What to Do When Your Youth Is Charged With a Crime

    04/03/2018
    Few things are more frightening for a parent than having your child be charged with a criminal offence. Despite common misconceptions, the Youth Criminal Justice Act is indeed a true criminal statute and a youth’s criminal record is not erased upon turning age 18. If your child has been charged with a crime, it is important to contact a criminal lawyer to protect his or her legal rights.

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    What Your Lawyer Can Do When You Are Facing Criminal Assault Charges

    05/06/2018
    One of the most frequent criminal charges in Canada is common assault. Statistics Canada data shows in 2013/2014 assault was the fourth most common offence in adult criminal courts, following only impaired driving, theft and failure to comply with an order. If you or someone you know has been charged with assault it is important to consider speaking with an experienced criminal lawyer.

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