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Great Result on Serious Sexual Assault...

Kostman & Pyzer, Barristers, Toronto lawyer Jonathan Pyzer made news recently at the sentencing hearing of a young Toronto man convicted of violently sexually assaulting a woman he met in a Toronto night club. Mr. Pyzer, who represented the accused at the sentencing hearing, impressed Justice Hamilton of the Superior Court of Justice with his thoughtful approach to his sentencing submissions. Mr. Pyzer suggested to Justice Hamilton that a sentence at the lower range of the sentencing spectrum would be appropriate given the nature of the offence and his client’s strong prospects for rehabilitation. Justice Hamilton was impressed by Mr. Pyzer’s astute ability to reconcile the disparate aspects of the case. The Toronto Sun included an article on the case which commented on Mr. Pyzer’s role in achieving a fair sentence for the accused. The portion of Justice Hamilton’s decision where he refers to Mr. Pyzer is quoted in the…

6 Aug 2009

Having Photographs and Fingerprints Destroyed

5 Aug 2009

When an individual is arrested, the police will take photographs of the accused and obtain copies of his or her fingerprints to keep on file. In many situations, individuals are…

PARDONS

21 Jul 2009

There are a variety of reasons an individual with a criminal record may wish to obtain a pardon. A pardon works to seal your criminal record so that it does…

Criminal Records Checks

20 Jul 2009

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal, Tadros v. Peel (Police Service), 2009 ONCA 442 [“Tadros”] makes it clear that when an individual consents to a criminal history…

Domestic Assaults and PARS

14 Jul 2009

The PARS Program — which stands for Partner Assault Response Services — is an important component of Ontario’s Domestic Violence prosecution strategy. It consists of a specialized counseling and educational…

Distinguishing Hybrid and Indictable Offences

8 Jul 2009

All of the offences in the Criminal Code of Canada can be classified as summary, indictable or hybrid. The classification of an offence generally tells us how serious the offence…

Courtroom Etiquette

7 Jul 2009

As criminal defence lawyers, we have been appearing in Toronto courts and courts in the Greater Toronto Area for so long that proper court etiquette has become second nature to…