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domestic assault

Case Study: Sexual Assault – Withdrawn

The charge of sexual assault was withdrawn after there were extensive negotiations with the Crown Attorney’s office.
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punishment for assault

Case Study: Assault with a Weapon (Knife) and Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public – Charges Withdrawn

We took advantage of all available avenues and in the end, after multiple meetings with the Crown, we were able to have the charges withdrawn.
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impaired driving charge

Case Study: Impaired & Over 80 – No Conviction

There were no restrictions or limitations placed on our client's driving privileges and he did not get a criminal conviction. All charges were withdrawn.
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forged document drug possession

Case Study: Withdrawal – Forged Documents, Possession of Controlled Drug & Substance

Facing possible jail time, we were able to successfully advocate on our client's behalf and all the charges they were facing were withdrawn.
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mischief over 5000

Case Study: Withdrawal – Mischief Over $5,000

The result in this case was the best-case scenario – the charges were withdrawn; no criminal record, in fact no record of the incident at all.
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assault mischief property damage

Case Study: Withdrawal – Assault with Weapon, Mischief/Damage to Property

Our client was diverted to the Direct Accountability Program for community based sanctions. All charges were dropped by the Crown.
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novice impaired charges

Case Study: Reduced – Impaired Driving, Refusal to Provide Breath Sample, and Novice Driver BAC over Zero

In this case, we showed that the offence could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We were able to have our client's charges reduced and avoid a criminal record.
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impaired operation over 80

Case Study: Withdrawal – Impaired Operation, Over 80

The charges in this case were withdrawn, as we were able to prove that our client was not Over 80 at the time of his driving.
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successful bail hearing

Case Study: Successful Bail Hearing – Firearms Offences

Our client was arrested on a number of firearms charges, was jailed and held for a bail hearing. We successfully got our client released on a surety bail.
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conditional discharge assault

Case Study: Conditional Discharge – Assault, Threats

We were able to obtain a resolution whereby our client received a conditional discharge. Our client avoided jail and a criminal record.
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unlawfully dwelling house

Case Study: Charges Withdrawn – Assault and Unlawfully in Dwelling-House

Based on the materials that we provided, the Crown decided to offer a peace bond resolution and the criminal charges with withdrawn.
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possession of a firearm

Case Study: Charges Withdrawn – Firearm

Our client faced serious charges and the Crown was seeking jail time. Based on the evidence that we provided, all charges were withdrawn.
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youth assault withdrawn

Case Study: Charges Withdrawn – Assault

The goal for our client was to prevent a youth criminal record. Our client completed an Extra Judicial Sancations program and the charges were withdrawn.
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plea bargain robbery

Case Study: Plea Bargain – Break and Enter

Our goal was to keep our client out of a lengthy jail sentence. Our client entered a plea bargain and some charges were withdrawn.
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voyeurism charges

Case Study: Charge Withdrawn – Voyeurism

Our client faced a criminal record and a jail sentence, but had hopes of studying law. Our client obtained a peace bond and charges were withdrawn.
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arson charges withdrawn

Case Study: Charge Withdrawn – Arson

The objective was to establish doubts in the evidence presnted by the Crown, and have the charges withdrawn. This was done successfully.
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resist arrest withdrawn

Case Study: Charges Withdrawn – Resist Arrest, Assault Police Officer

We did not want to put our senior client through the stress of a trial. We got both charges withdrawn and our client kept his spotless criminal record.
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assault withdrawn

Case Study: Withdrawal, No Conviction – Assault Charges

Our client had stable employment that would have been jeopardized with a criminal record. We were able to get the charges withdrawn.
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mischief to data

Case Study: Withdrawn and No Record – Mischief to Data Under $5,000

Our client was a working professional. Charges were withdrawn and the client was able to avoid a criminal record that would have adversely affected her job.
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over 80 reduce

Case Study: Over 80 – Reduced Fine and No License Suspension

With an Over 80 charge, our client was able to avoid a criminal record and losing his driver’s licence as a result of cross-examination.
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failure to comply OHSA

Case Study: Conviction appeal – Failing to comply with the regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

We successfully appealed our client's conviction. This was a novel issue that had not previously been decided and was reported in a reputable law journal.
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over 80 no life jacket

Case Study: Resolved with a plea – Over 80; Open Alcohol; No Life Jacket

In this case, the Crown agreed that our client's rights had been breached by police, and the file was resolved with a creative plea.
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over 80 withdrawn

Case Study: Over 80 – Charge Withdrawn and No Criminal Record

Our client, a young first time offender with hopes of attending university and starting a career, was able to avoid a criminal record as well as implications for his driver's license.
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break and enter

Case Study: Withdrawal – Theft under $5000 and Break & Enter

The charges were serious, especially the Break & Enter charge, which is an indictable offence. However, the Crown was willing to divert the matter if our client paid $500 in restitution.
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assault charges

Case Study: Charges Dismissed – Indecent Assault on a Male and Administering Noxious Thing

The story the complainant gave was filled with contradictions; both internal contradictions, and contradictions with the stories of the rest of the family. That said, the majority of the defence relied upon the uncorroborated evidence of the accused and other members of the family, making the case more complex.
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breathalyzer

Case Study: Acquittal – Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample in Oshawa

His Honour agreed that, following the precedent of R. v. White [1992] and R. v. Roberts [2018] the statement given by Mr. S. implicating himself as the driver would be excluded as evidence.
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failure to provide breath sample

Case Study: Acquittal – Failure to Provide a Breath Sample into an Approved Screening Device in Oshawa

Mr. K. was acquitted on the grounds that the Crown failed to prove that Mr. K.’s refusal to provide a breath sample was intentional and not a misunderstanding.
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obstructing police officer

Case Study: Over 80 Acquittal in North Bay

During the cross examination we focused on the violation of s.10(b), and revealed that there were actually major gaps in the officers recollection of the events at the station.
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Case Study: Dismissal of Charges – BAC Over 80, Impaired Driving & Possession of Open Alcohol While Driving in Brantford

The judge noted that while both the Crown and defence had presented a substantial amount of evidence he was concerned with the lack of certainty the Breath Tech had in the accuracy of the Intoxilyzer 8000c reading at the time.
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Ontario Assault Charges

Case Study: Sexual Assault in Peterborough

Mr. C. came to our office in a state of panic. He had been accused of sexual assault stemming from a sexual encounter with an acquaintance that he was adamant had been, at all times, consensual.
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care or control of vehicle when impaired

Case Study: Care or Control Over 80 / Impaired in Peterborough

 It was clear to us that Mr. B.’s name had been searched before police decided to arrest him. In the time the search was being conducted, no further indicia of impairment were noted by the officers.
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dui over 80

Case Study: Driving Over 80 / Care or Control in Lindsay

When police arrived on scene, Mr. K. was outside of his vehicle asking for police assistance. Officers then detected the odour of alcohol on his breath.
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assault charges

Case Study: Assault in Oshawa

Mr. F. panicked and pulled his wife from the car before chasing down the moving vehicle, entering the car and turning off the engine.
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care and control

Case Study: Impaired Driving and Refuse Breath Sample

Mr. A. was charged with Impaired Driving contrary to s. 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample contrary to s. 253(5) of the Criminal Code.
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impaired driving

Case Study: Impaired, Over 80

Our client, a young man, aged 34 found himself in difficulties with the police, and retained me to assist with his file.
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Failure to Provide Breath Sample

Case Study: Over 80

Our client, Mr. N, was a hard working 23 year old man, employed as a bricklayer. It was essential to our client that he keep his driver’s licence so that he could travel from job to jobs sites in the Chatham area.
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impaired driving over 80

Case Study: Impaired, Over 80

Kingston Police charged Mr. N. with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operate a motor vehicle with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
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assault charges

Case Study: Assault Allegations

It was alleged that Mr. C. then grabbed J. by the neck and shoved her outside and into the snowbank by placing her face first into the snowbank on the deck.
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firearm charge

Case Study: Careless Use of a Firearm

At the time of being charged, our client was an elderly 67 year old gentleman, who had a seasonal property in the rural Peterborough area. Mr. L. and his wife came to see me regarding the upsetting situation they found themselves in with the Peterborough Ontario Provincial Police.
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Charges Withdrawn – Young Driver BAC Above Zero (Case Study)

Withdrawn Our Client: Ms. S. Complainant: Hamilton Police Service & the Crown (Her Majesty the…

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Plea Bargain: Robbery; Wearing a Disguise with Intent; & Possession of a Weapon for a dangerous purpose (2 out of 3 withdrawn).

City: Kingston, Ontario Our Client: Mr. L. Complainant: Mr. M., Mr. S., & Kingston Police Service Charge(s): Robbery; Wearing a…

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Appeal: Drive Hand-held Communication Device (Case Study)

Appeal Granted: New Trial Ordered City: Napanee, ON Our Client (Appellant): Mr. M. Respondent: The Crown…

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Acquittal: Care or Control Over 80 (Case Study)

To overcome a Care and Control Over 80 charge, we either: had to show that Mr. C. was not, in fact, in care or control of the vehicle; or,  have the evidence of the breath readings showing the high BAC, excluded.
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Acquittal – Over 80mg, Failing to Have Insurance Card, & Passing by Driving off Roadway (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Toronto, Ontario Our Client: Mr. B. Complainant: Toronto Police Services Charge(s): Operation of Motor Vehicle…

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Acquittal: Over 80mgs (Case Study)

  Acquittal    City: Oshawa. Ontario Our Client: Mr. B. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Charge(s): Impaired…

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Acquittal: Over 80 (Case Study)

Over 80 cases are highly technical and involve a mixture of statutory and constitutional requirements. Failing to meet, or the violation of, those requirements often results in evidence being excluded and an acquittal entered.
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Acquittal – Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm & HTA Careless Driving and Driving a Commercial Vehicle with a Critical Defect (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Pembroke, Ontario Our Client: Mr. M. Complainant: Ontario Provincial Police Charge(s): Criminal Negligence Causing…

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Acquittal Case Study: Assault, Forcible Confinement, and Mischief Over $5000

Agreeing to a Peace Bond often seems like a reasonable resolution to avoid a criminal conviction and conclude the matter quickly. The Crown may agree to the Peace Bond, but usually require our clients to take the Partner Assault Response (PARs) Program first.
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Charges Withdrawn – Assault (Domestic) – (Case Study)

Agreeing to a Peace Bond often seems like a reasonable resolution to avoid a criminal conviction and conclude the matter quickly. The Crown may agree to the Peace Bond, but usually require our clients to take the Partner Assault Response (PARs) Program first.
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Acquittal – Care or Control of Motor Vehicle with More than 80mg of Alcohol in 100ml of Blood (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Barrie, Ontario Our Client: Mr. M. Complainant: Barrie Police Services Charge(s): Care or Control of…

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Charges Withdrawn: Theft Under $5000 (Shoplifting) & Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5000 (Case Study)

  Charges Withdrawn City:  Whitby, Ontario Our Client: Mr. S. Complainant: Loblaw’s & Durham Regional Police…

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Charges Withdrawn – Theft Under $5000 & Possession of Stolen Property Under $5000 (Case Study)

City: Kingston, ON Our Client: Ms. R. Complainant: Ms. B. and Kingston Police Force Charge(s): Theft Under…

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Charges Withdrawn – Assault (Case Study)

Mr. P. had lived a period of time approaching a century without acquiring a criminal record; he should not get one now! If convicted of the assault charge, he not only would have a criminal record, but the resulting sentence would almost certainly contain “no contact” terms with regards to Ms. M. But Mr. P. and Ms. M. had a relationship and they both lived in the same retirement home. The goal was to avoid conviction, allow the couple to have contact with each other and remain in the retirement home, while at the same time allowing Ms. M. to feel safe.
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Charges Withdrawn – Possession of Marijuana (Case Study)

Mr. R. had a good job with a big company. A criminal record would affect his career and ability to travel to the US. The goal was to avoid a criminal record. Thus, we entered into negotiations with the crown to see whether direct accountability may be an applicable outcome for possessing a quantity of marijuana.
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Charges Withdrawn – Impaired Driving, Over 80 mg, and Dangerous Driving (Case Study)

  Charges Withdrawn City:  Kingston, Ontario Our Client: Mr. C. Complainant: OPP Charge(s): 2 counts of…

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Acquittal – Refuse or Fail to Provide Breath Sample (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Woodstock, Ontario Our Client: Mr. H. Complainant: Woodstock Police Services Charge(s): Refuse or Fail…

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Impaired Driving and Over 80 Withdrawn – Plea to Careless Driving (Case Study)

Mr. H. had been charged with Over 80 and with impaired driving. While the officer had dropped the “refuse” charge, it was possible that the charge could be resurrected. It was also possible that a dangerous driving charge could be added. A trial would be risky, especially if we had to face four charges rather than two. We had to prevent these additional charges being added to the existing two charges and if possible to avoid a trial in this case. We started by filing a Charter challenge to argue that Mr. H.’s rights had been infringed by police and then we approached the Crown to attempt to negotiate a plea to the non-criminal offence of careless driving which would not leave Mr. H. with a criminal record.
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Charges Withdrawn – Mischief Under $5000 (Case Study)

City: Whitby, ON Our Client: Ms. M. Complainant: Ms. E. Charge(s): Mischief Under $5000 Paralegal:…

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Careless Driving Ticket – Withdrawn (Case Study)

Withdrawn City: Mississauga, ON Our Client: Mr. L. Complainant: Peel Regional Police Service & Civilian…

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Acquittal: Over 80 (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Toronto, Ontario Our Client: Mr. G. Complainant: Toronto Police Service Charge(s): Operation of Motor Vehicle…

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Acquittal: OVER 80 mg (Case Study)

Mr. J.G. was charged with “Over 80,” which is a criminal offence. He had a prior drinking and driving conviction which meant that if he pleaded guilty or lost at trial, he was looking at a minimum of 30 days jail, a three-year licence suspension, a further three years after that of driving with the ignition Interlock device, a mandatory alcohol education/treatment program, a fine and a mandatory victim surcharge. The goal was to fight and beat this charge.
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Acquittal – Assault Charge (Case Study)

This case of an alleged assault depended on the testimony of four witnesses. Each would have a different version of the events. It would be our challenge to stitch together from the evidence, a narrative favourable to our client. To do so, we would, through cross-examination have to bring into question the reliability and/or credibility of the witness testimony that was unfavourable to our client and to highlight the contradictions in that testimony, and then make submissions arguing for a finding in favour of our client's version of the facts.
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Peterborough Impaired Driving and Over 80 Withdrawn – Plea to Careless Driving (Case Study)

Mr. H. had been charged with Over 80 and with impaired driving. While the officer had dropped the “refuse” charge, it was possible that the charge could be resurrected. It was also possible that a dangerous driving charge could be added. A trial would be risky, especially if we had to face four charges rather than two. We had to prevent these additional charges being added to the existing two charges and if possible to avoid a trial in this case. We started by filing a Charter challenge to argue that Mr. H.’s rights had been infringed by police and then we approached the Crown to attempt to negotiate a plea to the non-criminal offence of careless driving which would not leave Mr. H. with a criminal record.
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Acquittal – Care and Control Over 80 (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. T.G. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Service Charge(s): Care…

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Acquittal – Assault (Domestic) (Case Study)

Mr. and Mrs. H. were married and had a five-year-old daughter. On a Saturday night they had a heated conversation which led to Mrs. H. leaving and staying overnight at a friend's house. On Sunday, when Mrs. H. got home, the argument flared up again and as it progressed, Mr. H. got upset and threw something. Mrs. H. said that it was a glass and that it broke near her feet.
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Acquittal-Assault, Forcible Confinement, and Mischief (Case Study)

This case would turn on the question of credibility. The complainant’s testimony would be pitted against our client’s. Each would have a different version of the events. It would be a classic “he-said-she-said” situation. We would present our client’s version of what happened, while raising a reasonable doubt about the complainants’s story and systematically attacking the Crown’s case. To do so, we would, through cross-examination, have to bring into question the reliability and/or credibility of the complainant’s testimony.
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Care and Control / Over 80 mg Dismissal (Case Study)

City: Sault Ste. Marie, ON Our Client: Mr. K.M. Complainant: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Charge(s): Care &…

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Acquittal – Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired / Over 80 / Sexual Assault (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. Hd. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Force Charge(s): Care or Control…

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Dismissal – Impaired / Over 80 Charges in Oshawa (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. A. Complainant: Ontario Provincial Police Charge(s): Operation of…

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Acquittal – Operation of Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. A. Complainant: Ontario Provincial Police Charge(s): Operation of…

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Acquittal – Assault Charge in Oshawa (Case Study)

It was three in the morning and everybody had been drinking. Both Ms. V. and Mr. G. had in the past cheated on each other, but both had, each time, forgiven the other. On this night, Mr. G., looking in Ms. V.’s phone, found that the name of the man she had cheated on him with, was still in her contacts. Accusations flew and tempers flared. Mr. G. called the police and told them that Ms. V. had punched him in the face several times and kicked him in the groin. When the police came to arrest Ms. V. at her home she told them that Mr. G. had gone through her phone and noticed that the man she had cheated with was still in her contacts. He was very upset, yelling at her and kicking bathroom cupboards. They exited the bathroom and continued to argue.
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Acquittal – Oshawa Assault Charge (Case Study)

In the course of an argument some things are said. The step-daughter, in her room with her boyfriend, over-hears the argument between her father and Ms. B. in the next room and realizes that Ms. B. had revealed the secret to her father. The girl flies into a rage and storms into the room towards Ms. B. who grabs Ms. M. by the arm. Ms. M. falls to the floor. Enraged, by what has just occurred, Mr. M. attacks Ms. B., throws her down on the couch and starts to choke her. The step-daughter's boyfriend pulled Mr. M. off Ms. B. Both Mr. M. and Ms. B. call 911. Only Ms. B. is charged with assault.
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Acquittal – Care or Control While Impaired and Over 80 (Case Study)

Mr. H. Was found sitting in the driver's seat with his head slumped to one side. He appeared to be sleeping or passed out. The keys were in the ignition and the vehicle was not running but the ignition was switched on. The officer spoke to Mr. H. and asked him to exit the vehicle. Once outside, the officer noted an odour of alcohol on Mr. H.’s breath.
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Acquittal – Impaired and Over 80 (Case Study)

The officer formed a suspicion that Mr. T. had alcohol in his body and told him that he would require him to give a screening sample of his breath. The officer then went off to find a roadside breath screening device.
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Acquittal – Care or Control Over 80 in Oshawa (Case Study)

Charge Dismissed City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. G. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Service Charge(s):…

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Acquittal – Sexual Assault – Sexual Exploitation – Sexual Interference (Case Study)

Charge Dismissed City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Mr. G. Complainant: “C.” (A minor at the…

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Impaired, Over 80 & Novice Driver BAC Over 0 (Case Study)

Our Client: Mr. N. Complainant: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Charge(s): Impaired/Over 80/Novice Driver BAC above…

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Acquittal – Impaired and Over 80

Two civilian witnesses came upon Mr. M.’s vehicle immobilized in a ditch with two wheels off the ground. They stopped to assist and believed that Mr. M., who was in the driver’s seat, was intoxicated. They called 911. The police officer who arrived at the scene arrested Mr. M. for Impaired Operation of that vehicle.
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Speeding Ticket Dismissed (Case Study)

Charge Dismissed City: Picton, ON (Prince Edward County) Our Client: Mr. M. Complainant: Ministry of Natural Resources…

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Guilty of Failing to Yield – Not Over 80mg (Case Study)

Counsellor Nadarajah centred her focus on three main charter arguments: (i) that the demand for Mr. T. to provide a sample into an approved screening device did not follow forthwith from the officer forming the suspicion that Mr. T. had alcohol in his body and thus breached sections eight and nine of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (ii) that the arresting officer’s failure to establish a firm time of Mr. T.’s last driving rendered both his ASD and Intoxilyzer demands invalid, thus also breaching both sections eight and nine of the Charter. (iii) that Mr. T. was not provided with his rights to counsel or the opportunity to exercise them prior to complying with the ASD demand when circumstances dictated that he should have been, amounting to a breach of section 10(b) of the Charter.
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Appeal – Rights Violated (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Toronto, Ontario Our Client: Mr. J. Complainant: Toronto Police Service Charge(s): Operate Motor Vehicle with More…

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Over 80 – Police Misconduct (Case Study)

Acquittal City: Oshawa, Ontario Our Client: Ms. M. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Charge(s): Care and Control of…

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Careless Driving Instead of Impaired Driving & Over 80mg (Case Study)

Our Client: Mr. N. Complainant: Canadian Forces Military Police Charge(s): Impaired Driving and Over 80mg Lawyer: Richard…

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Over 80mg – Stay of Proceedings (Case Study)

City: Oshawa. Ontario Our Client: Ms. B. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Charge(s): Over 80mg Lawyer: Richard J.…

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Care & Control and Over 80 Acquittal (Case Study)

City: Oshawa. Ontario Our Client: Mr. G. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Charge(s): Care and Control of a…

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Acquittal – Impaired by Drugs and Dangerous Operation (Case Study)

City: Oshawa. Ontario Our Client: Mr. B. Complainant: Durham Regional Police Charge(s): Impaired by Drugs, Dangerous…

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