Understanding Canadian Criminal Law

Category Archives: Uncategorized

How to Defend Voyeurism Charges

Voyevoyeurism charges canadaurism Lawyer Toronto

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 

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.

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.
Continue reading 

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 

Defending Sexual Exploitation Charges

Old BaileyWith consent, it is not illegal in Canada to have a sexual relationship with someone older than sixteen years of age, regardless of the age difference between the two parties.

An exception to this rule occurs when the sexual relationship exists between someone holding a position of trust or authority over another who is older than sixteen but younger than eighteen years of age. In such circumstances, this type of relationship may trigger the criminal charge of sexual exploitation. Continue reading 

When Can Police Enter Your Home?

police entry into home

The ruling of R. v. Zargar, 2014 ONSC 1415 affirms that police cannot generally enter a person’s home without permission except under very limited circumstances. The case also establishes that a person can use a reasonable amount of physical force to remove a police officer who is trespassing on their private property.

Continue reading 

Application to Access the Rob Ford ‘Crack Video’ Dismissed

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford At News ConferenceEarlier today, Justice Ian Nordheimer released his ruling dismissing the application by Mohammad Khattak to access to the Rob Ford ‘crack video’.

The Application was brought on behalf of Mohammad Khattak, one of three men pictured with Mayor Rob Ford outside a suspected drug house for the purpose of dispelling the perception there’s a connection between Khattak  and the video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine.  Continue reading