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Can you Get Charged for Reading Someone’s...

In today’s fast-paced economic climate, most Canadians receive their personal and business correspondence via e-mail. Everything from bills to financial statements to wedding invitations to office work are sent over the Internet, turning our world into a paperless environment. Before wireless correspondence, everything came in the mail. Because of this, the Canada Post Corporation Act makes it illegal for any unauthorized individual to open, keep or even delay someone else’s mail. If you moved and forget to cancel a magazine subscription, you may not mind if the new tenants in your old home flipped through the pages or even threw it out. It’s just a magazine, you can contact the publishing company and they can send you a new one. Contrariwise, what if you forget to re-route your credit card bill? What if the new tenant has no moral compass and opens your mail, records your information and commits fraud…

20 Apr 2015

Is it a Crime to Drink in Public?

8 Apr 2015

Canadian liquor laws are constructed provincially and not federally. However, the Government of Canada considers a beverage alcoholic in nature if it contains 1.1% or more alcohol by volume. The…

Is it A Crime in Canada to Commit Assisted...

18 Mar 2015

In Canada, aiding or abetting a person to commit suicide is a criminal offence pursuant to section 241(b) of the Criminal Code. Section 14 of the Code says that no…

The Guilty Client

4 Mar 2015

When I attend a dinner party, it is inevitable that someone will hear that I am a criminal lawyer and feel compelled to advise me that they’ve always wanted to…

Section 10 of the Canadian Charter of Rights...

20 Feb 2015

What is the Right to Counsel? Section 10 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms contains three rights that every individual has upon arrest or detention. This section states that everyone has…

Sexual Assault: Mistaken Belief in Consent

9 Feb 2015

Sexual assault is a criminal offence under s. 271 of the Criminal Code. Sexual assault is defined as any form of sexual contact without the consent of both parties. This…

What Shows up in Criminal Record Searches?

22 Jan 2015

Many clients charged with criminal offences express concern that they don’t want a criminal record, and rightfully so. A criminal record can affect one’s ability to travel or to obtain…