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Are you charged with a criminal offence or under police investigation? 

Here are answers to some questions you may have in regards to the Criminal Justice System in Ontario:

*Disclaimer: The following answers are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be considered legal advice in any way, whatsoever. These answers are not legal advice and are not a legal opinion.  If you are under investigation, about to be charged or are charged with a criminal offence, contact our office as soon as possible to discuss your situation and how to proceed.

I am finding this whole process of being charged with a crime very stressful, do the Police or Prosecutors care at all how this is all affecting myself and my family?

You are likely finding yourself in a most stressful situation. You are charged and likely have conditions placed on you as if you were a child, for example, curfew, no contact orders and restrictions on your mobility. Your family, friends or employer may know about your situation, or maybe not, […]

I am guilty of the crime I was charged with so why do I need a lawyer?

In Criminal Law one can have physically committed the act they are alleged to have committed but still, technically under the law be found not guilty of committing that offence. It is the Crown Attorney who must prove the case against you, beyond a reasonable doubt. If the Crown cannot[…..]

I want to drop the charges against the person I called the police on, how do I do this?

As an alleged victim, you can try to talk to the Crown Attorney and/or the police advising them why you want to drop a charge. However, feeling sorry for the alleged Offender, loving them, and/or needing him/her back home is usually not enough to warrant the police or Crown to[…..]

I was just charged with a criminal offence, how long until this is all over?

Once you are charged with a criminal offence, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years for your case to be “over”. There are many factors that affect the length of your case, for example, its seriousness and complexity. The Police, Crown Attorney and Courts can[…..]

What is a bail hearing (including what do sureties needs to know?

When someone gets charged with a criminal offence, the matter becomes police and government business.  An alleged victim has no power to drop the charges against you.   Once you are arrested, the Police will process you and decide whether they think you are a flight risk or a risk[…..]

Can the police search my home? How about my smartphone or computer?

The police require a search warrant in order to search your home, office, car, computer, mobile telephone, smartphone or other dwelling or area where you could expect privacy. Your home is your castle where you have an expectation of privacy and the Courts are serious about enforcing that right.  There[…..]

The police want to talk to me, what are my rights?

You have the right to remain silent. It is a fundamental right under our law. I always advise my clients to exercise their rights to silence in the face of police questioning, including repeated and creative attempts by the police to get you talking. Should the police be asking you[…..]

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