Lawrence Forstner

Lawrence Forstner
Forstner Law
Principal
Criminal

Lawrence Forstner, principal of the Oshawa, Ont. firm Forstner Law, focuses on criminal law.

He graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in photography, before earning his Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013 before being called to the Ontario Bar in 2014.

With a background as a probation and parole officer and an assistant Crown attorney, Mr. Forstner handles summary and indictable criminal offences such as domestic assault and impaired driving, as well as traffic and other regulatory offences.

Mr. Forstner is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Durham Region Law Association.

Lawrence Forstner In The News
Self-reps and the need for more help

More help needs to be provided for self-reps in a justice system where some accused people can’t afford counsel and don’t qualify for legal aid, says Oshawa ... Read more

SCC ruling a 'refreshing reset to search law'

OTTAWA — Canadians can expect the texts they send to remain private — at least in some cases — even after the messages reach their destination, the Supreme Court ... Read more

The cost of marijuana legalization: Forstner

OTTAWA — Alberta's premier says she's worried that marijuana legalization could drive up policing and court bills her province cannot afford to pay. The justice system is ... Read more

The perversity: access denied means justice denied

By Lawrence Forstner The Supreme Court of Canada’s Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, recently told a group of students   that she sees access to justice and ... Read more

Bail decisions and the value of providing reasons

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling calls on judges and justices of the peace to provide explanations about how they reached a decision in a bail hearing, says Oshawa ... Read more

Facebook is used by police

By Lawrence Forstner It may not seem like the most unbelievable news to learn that the police are on Facebook, but yes that's right, the police use social media too! And ... Read more

Lawrence Forstner launches a new website

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner  wants his clients to know he's committed to compassionately helping them find the best way forward after they're charged with an ... Read more

Judge emphasizes defendants are people, not 'faceless criminals'

A judge’s observations that courtrooms are a “world of poverty, homelessness and mental illness” are a striking reminder of the importance of treating defendants ... Read more

Therapeutic jurisprudence and impaired driving

By Lawrence Forstner In my first blog post, I mentioned the term therapeutic jurisprudence. For a general description of what the term means, read up about it  here ... Read more

Forstner uses experience to help clients steer clear of justice system

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner draws on his lengthy experience in the justice system and his personal story   of overcoming obstacles to help ... Read more

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