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How to Choose a Criminal Lawyer in Toronto

None of us want to be in such a situation, but if you are accused of a crime for any reason, the first thing to do is hire a good criminal lawyer, someone who will protect your rights and ensure that you get justice. The process of choosing a lawyer is extremely important because your life may be at stake depending on the type of crime you’re accused of, so even if you’re not in a position to find a good lawyer, your friends and family members could take the following steps on your behalf: Don’t choose the first lawyer in the book: In our haste to retain the services of a lawyer, most of us end up choosing the first name in the book even though we have no idea how good a lawyer the person is. In general, it’s best to go with someone you know, and if…

25 Feb 2010

The Jury

16 Feb 2010

The jury system is one of the most fundamental institutions in Canada’s criminal justice system. Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms every person has the right to be…

The Rape Shield Legislation (s. 276 of the...

14 Feb 2010

Before 1982, it was permissible for criminal defence lawyers to attack the credibility of complainants in sexual assault cases by asking them questions about their sexual history. Criminal defence lawyers…

Entrapment

7 Feb 2010

Entrapment Entrapment is one of the many defences available in the criminal justice system. However, criminal defence lawyers will only pursue a defence of entrapment if the facts suggest that…

Lawyer vs. Paralegal

1 Feb 2010

A paralegal is a individual who is not a lawyer, but who is licensed to undertake specific forms of legal work. For example, paralegals often assist lawyers. In addition, paralegals…

Character Evidence

14 Jan 2010

During the course of a criminal trial the prosecution may try to lead character evidence about the accused individual. For legal purposes, the word “character” refers to a generalized description…

Impaired by Drugs

3 Jan 2010

Under Canadian law it is illegal to drive when impaired. Usually when we hear about impaired driving in the media, the focus is on drinking and driving. However, it is…