Domestic Assault and Peace Bonds

One of the first questions a client asks whcn charged with Domestic Assault is if there is any way that they could “get” a Peace Bond. Of course, in most  cases of domestic assault the Peace Bond is a happy ending. The charge is withdrawn. The accused avoids a...

Homicide

Criminal defence lawyers are often asked to explain the difference between first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and manslaughter. Even though the general public hears these terms all the time – on the news, in the media, and on television crime shows – people...

Bail and the Tertiary Ground

Sometimes when an individual is charged with a crime, he or she will be detained in custody pending a bail hearing. At the bail hearing, the Crown Attorney must “show cause” – i.e., show the court why the accused should be kept in custody until his or her trial. If...

Conditional Sentences of House Arrest

Since 1996, judges in Toronto and throughout Canada have been able to sentence those found guilty of a crime to a conditional sentence as an alternative to incarceration. Canada has one of the highest rates of adult incarceration in the world. The conditional sentence...

DNA Orders, Primary and Secondary Offences

In 1995, despite resistance on the part of criminal defence lawyers and civil rights activists, Bill C-18 was passed, which amended the Criminal Code to create a regime for collecting DNA samples from convicted offenders. Many criminal defence lawyers had argued that...
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