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Sexual Assault, Alcohol and Consent

Sexual assault is a serious crime in Canada and being accused of sexual assault can damage your reputation. The Criminal Code of Canada defines assault as a person who: 1)         without the consent of another person, applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly; 2)         attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or 3)         while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.   This section applies to all forms of assault, including sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm and aggravated sexual assault. A common issue in sexual assault cases is whether or not the sexual activity was…

20 Feb 2018

What is the difference between ‘Impaired...

15 Feb 2018

Impaired Care and Control and Impaired Operation are very similar offences. A slight difference, exists between “operation” and “care or control” as defined in s. 253 of the Criminal Code…

What is the Difference Between Over 80 and...

13 Feb 2018

This is a common question among those charged with drinking and driving offences. Although these charges are not the same, they are closely related as these charges carry the same…

The #MeToo Movement and Reasonable Doubt

8 Feb 2018

Throughout the #metoo movement, countless men have been accused of criminal offences such as,  sexual assault, criminal harassment, sexual interference and other criminal offence allegations involving  sexual misconduct.  In the wake…

Is it a Crime to Use Scalper Bots?

6 Feb 2018

As for December 14,  2017, scalper bots became a provincial criminal offence in Ontario. A bill to protect ticket buyers was passed on December 14, 2017. Those against the legislation…

What is a Crown Pre-Trial?

1 Feb 2018

Once disclosure has been provided, counsel will need to discuss your case with the Crown.  In complex cases the discussion will require the presence of a judge.  These pre-trial discussions…

What Are Ontario’s New Careless and...

30 Jan 2018

New driving legislation in Ontario means tougher penalties for distracted and careless driving.   New Ontario bylaws will mean automatic driver’s licence suspension for convicted distracted…