PARDONS

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 not appear when an inquiring party does a criminal records check. Having a criminal record can affect your...

Criminal Records Checks

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 check, the police are at liberty to disclose information about charges that have been...

Domestic Assaults and PARS

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 service for those individuals who are found guilty of a...

Distinguishing Hybrid and Indictable Offences

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 is and what types of punishments are available to the Crown. As criminal defence lawyers...

Courtroom Etiquette

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 us. However, many of our clients are appearing in court for the first time and are...
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