Understanding Canadian Criminal Law

Appealing A Provincial Offences Act Conviction

How To Appeal Your Provincial Offences Act Conviction or Sentence in Toronto, Ontario.

Are you looking to hire a lawyer to appeal your Provincial Offences Act conviction or sentence in Toronto, Ontario or elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area? This article is intended to provide general information about appealing your conviction or the sentence you received. Appeal Court Toronto Follow this link for information about the criminal appeal process if you are looking to appeal your criminal conviction or overturn your criminal sentence. If you would like to speak to one of the appeal lawyers at Daniel Brown Law to get legal advice about appealing your conviction or sentence for a provincial offence, call (416) 297-7200 to schedule a consultation. 

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Failing to Stop or Remain at the Scene of an Accident

fail to remain lawyer torontoThis article provides a brief summary of the law in relation to the offence of failing to stop or failing to remain at the scene of a traffic accident (section 320.16 of the Criminal Code). In most provinces, a provincial driving statute such as the Ontario Highway Traffic Act may also regulate the offence of failing to remain at the scene of an accident. This article does not consider the law with respect to those provincial traffic statutes. If you or someone you know has been criminally charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, contact a criminal lawyer. The lawyers at Daniel Brown Law can be reached for an immediate consultation at (416) 297-7200.

Frequently asked questions about failing to remain at the scene of an accident:

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Firm Update on COVID-19 and Updates on Court Closures

The lawyers at Daniel Brown Law continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. As always, our priority is the health and well-being of our firm members, clients, and community.

To do our part to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and until further notice, our physical offices will be closed, barring emergencies. All lawyers will remain available but will be working remotely. We remain available to assist existing and new clients with their criminal matters. 

We understand that criminal charges can be particularly disruptive to our clients’ lives during this time. We are committed to serving you and will continue to operate at full capacity. Daniel Brown Law is pleased to offer both video and phone meetings and consultations. For existing and potential clients trying to reach a lawyer on his or her firm line, those calls will be automatically re-routed to each lawyer’s out-of-office location. We remain committed to providing high-quality, timely service to our clients. We also remain available for consultation with new clients. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Court Updates:

To date, all courts have released a response plan regarding COVID-19-related closures. In short, almost all non-urgent matters originally scheduled to take place before the end of May including out-of-custody trial matters will be rescheduled.

For current clients, your lawyer will be in touch with you as soon as possible regarding the impact these court closures may have on your case.

For more information about court-specific closures, please see the websites below for the most up-to-date information:
Ontario Court of Justice
Superior Court of Justice
Court of Appeal for Ontario
Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal

Publishing An Intimate Image Without Consent

publishing an intimate image without consentSince 2015, publishing an intimate image of someone else without their permission is a crime in Canada. Section 162.1 of the Criminal Code captures all ways in which intimate images may be shared, including through physical delivery, social networking, email, or other means by publishing, distributing, transmitting, selling, making available or advertising an intimate image of another person knowing that the person depicted in the image did not give their consent to that conduct.

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How to Defend Voyeurism Charges

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Voyeurism was added to the Criminal Code of Canada in 2005 to address a concern that new technologies could be used to more easily spy on people secretly for sexual purposes. Continue reading 

Your Right to Speak With a Lawyer After You Are Arrested: What You Need to Know.

Calling your lawyerUnder section 10(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, everyone who has been arrested by the police on a criminal charge has the “right to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right”. Police have to tell you that you can speak to a lawyer – but do they have any other obligations? Do they have to help you contact a lawyer? Do they have to help you contact your lawyer? The answer is: yes. Continue reading 

Winning Your Criminal Appeal With Fresh Evidence

Appeal LawyerA criminal appeal lawyer is often required to prepare an appeal by relying solely on the evidence presented during the trial. In some cases, the appeal lawyer can present new evidence to the appeal court.  This can assist in getting the court to overturn a conviction or reduce a sentence imposed at the trial level.
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Canada’s Sexual Offender Registry

6950_54_news_hub_6694_656x500_optSince 2004, Canadian Courts have required those found guilty of certain sex related crimes be registered in a sexual offender database.

The Sexual Offender Information Registry Act (SOIRA) imposes obligations for those placed on the National Sex Offender Registry to provide police throughout Canada with a significant amount of personal information and obliges them to report yearly for the purpose of being monitored by authorities.

This article answers some of the frequently asked questions about the scope and purpose of Canada’s Sexual Offender Registry. Continue reading