First thing to be aware of—being intoxicated in public is not a violation of the Criminal Code of Canada. This means even if you are arrested or detained for public intoxication, it will not appear on your permanent record. Technically speaking, it is a violation of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act. Though public intoxication…

The client was initially charged with approximately 45 firearm offences, including possession of stolen firearms, after the police executed a search warrant at the client’s home.  At the preliminary inquiry Mr. van der Walle successfully argued that the client should not be committed to stand trial on the most serious of the charges.  As a…

As many times as we have heard the words on TV, few people understand their right to remain silent when being questioned by police. One recent story illustrates why it is so important to know, understand, and exercise this right. An attorney representing a man who was accused the fatal shooting and dismembering of a…

Traveling is already a stressful. However, if you are stressed out even more because you have a criminal history, you may have a problem being allowed to enter another country. If you have a criminal record, most countries will have border officers decide whether or not you should be allowed in. This can put a…

Out of the thirty-five million persons composing Canada’s population, almost ten percent have accrued criminal records of some kind. Any such person may apply for a criminal pardon – also known as a record suspension – in order to get their personal lives back on course; however, the fee that such a person must pay…

Knowing what to expect during your first appearance in criminal court can put you at ease and help you to be fully prepared. To know what to expect, read the following information. To get legal advice, contact a lawyer. The contact information for a reputable criminal lawyer can be found at the end of this…

Client was observed driving his vehicle erratically just before crashing into a tree.  He was taken to the hospital.  Once he was deemed to be in fine physical shape by hospital staff, he was taken to the police station where he provided samples of his breath that tested at over three times the legal limit….

Crown Counsels are prosecutors who review police reports submitted to them by police officers to determine whether the charges should be approved for a prosecution. The measure they use to make this determination is called, “The Charge Approval Standard.” The charge approval standard consists has two prongs: the evidentiary test and the public interest test….

Often times, a person will face charges based on what the police find at their house when they execute a search warrant. A search warrant is a legal document issued by a judge or the justice of the peace that authorizes the police to perform a search of a specific place to look for specific…

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