Understanding Canadian Criminal Law

Fail to Remain

dangerous drivingThis article provides a brief summary of the law in relation to the Criminal Code offence of failing to stop or failing to remain at the scene of a traffic accident. In most provinces, a provincial driving statute such as the Ontario Highway Traffic Act may also regulate the law in relation to failing to remain at the scene of an accident. This article does not consider the law with respect to those provincial 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. Daniel Brown 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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Refusing a Breath Sample Charge

roadside breath testIn Canada, It is a criminal offence to intentionally fail or refuse to comply with a demand to provide a police officer with a breath sample for the purpose of assessing the concentration of alcohol in the body of the driver of a motor vehicle.

A person charged with refusing a breath sample in Toronto, Ontario may also be charged with impaired driving as well. You can read more information about impaired driving and other drinking and driving offences such as Driving Over 80 by clicking on: DUI Charges Toronto. Continue reading 

Drug Importing Into Canada

importing cocaine torontoIt is a criminal offence in Canada to import any type of drug including cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy or other drug prohibited by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. In Ontario, most drug importing charges arise out of crimes alleged to have been committed at Pearson International Airport in Brampton and are prosecuted at the Brampton Courthouse. Daniel Brown is an experienced criminal lawyer who frequently represents people accused of drug offences such as importing. To arrange a consultation to discuss your criminal law related matter, call (416) 297-7200. Continue reading 

Dangerous Driving Charges Toronto

dangerous driving charge

Daniel Brown has extensive experience defending allegations of dangerous driving. Recognized as one of Toronto’s top dangerous driving lawyers and a specialist in criminal law, Daniel is often called upon by the media to comment on dangerous driving cases in the news. Recently, Daniel spoke to CTV News about a woman convicted of dangerous driving causing death and The Lawyers Weekly about why a dangerous driving conviction was overturned on appeal.

The remainder of this article defines the criminal charge of dangerous driving, reviews possible defences, and summarizes the penalties associated with a dangerous driving conviction in Toronto, Ontario. If you are charged with dangerous driving you should contact Daniel Brown at (416) 297-7200 for immediate legal advice. Continue reading 

Penalties for DUI Cases in Canada


This article summarizes various types of reduced driving prohibitions for drinking and driving cases and identifies the preconditions for qualifying in Toronto, Ontario. Those seeking legal information on defending a drinking and driving case in Toronto, Ontario can read: Defending Drinking and Driving and Impaired Driving Charges.

Until recently, anyone convicted of their first drinking and driving offence in Canada involving a motor vehicle faced a minimum of a 12 month driving prohibition, followed by 12 months of only driving with an ignition interlock device (a device which requires a driver to provide a breath sample before a car’s ignition can be started, as well as requiring random tests while the ignition is on). Continue reading