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Is it a Crime to Smoke Marijuana During...

Yes. Possession of Marijuana is still a crime in Toronto! The Toronto Police Services may exercise their discretion and either tolerate its use or seize marijuana without laying a criminal charge. However, it is still illegal, and the police may charge an individual with Possession of Marijuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Generally speaking, an individual who is charged and has no criminal record or earlier arrests for possession, will be dealt with leniently- the charge will be withdrawn upon the performance of community service or the payment of a charitable donation. Be aware…..If you are a tourist or non-resident, the police may hold an individual charged for a bail hearing to ensure that they don’t disappear without dealing with the criminal charge. Toronto (Canada) is not Colorado or Washington or even California. Smoking marijuana is still a crime here!

1 Aug 2014

How Do I Get A Restraining Order Against...

31 Jul 2014

Generally speaking, a section 810 peace bond is Canada’s version of a “restraining order.” Section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada sets out the statutory procedure to obtain an…

What Is A Reasonable Prospect of Conviction?

16 Jul 2014

In the case of Proulx v. Québec [2001], the Supreme Court of Canada discussed the concept of a reasonable prospect of conviction and said the following: “To say that a…

Is It A Crime to Miss Your Court Date?

14 Jul 2014

Missing a court date can result in further criminal charges being laid against an accused person. Failure to appear in court as required is a violation of the law which…

What Is “Beyond A Reasonable...

4 Jul 2014

Reasonable Doubt The standard of proof in a Canadian criminal trial is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the judge or jury must be satisfied beyond a reasonable…

Can Carrying A Weapon Lead to Criminal...

2 Jul 2014
Carrying a weapon can be a criminal offence, know the law before you get arrested. Ignorance of the law is no defence.

Section 88 of the Criminal Code makes it a criminal offence to carry a weapon for a purpose “dangerous to the public peace”. This section applies to weapons other than prohibited weapons. Prohibited weapons are…

Privacy in the Digital Age

20 Jun 2014

Recently, in the case of R. v. Matthew Spencer (June 17, 2014), the Supreme Court of Canada was called upon to consider our right of privacy in the context of…