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Drug-impaired driving law vulnerable to Charter challenges

Ordinary drivers will suffer as challenges to the federal government’s drug-impaired driving legislation make their way through the courts, Toronto criminal lawyer  ... Read more

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Cannabis impaired driving – new laws present new challenges

By Jacob Stilman Unless you have been residing in a cryogenic chamber for the past two years, you know that Oct. 17, 2018 is going to be a red-letter (green-letter?) day for ... Read more

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Stay serves setback to cops who delay right to counsel: Neuberger

Police who delay an arrested person's right to counsel have suffered another setback in Ontario Superior Court   after Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

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Ending LAO's alternative fee arrangement pilot a misguided move: Hicks

Legal Aid Ontario’s plan to eliminate an invaluable alternative billing method for law firms is a misguided step into the past, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks ... Read more

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Pre-trial lockdowns now a factor in sentencing, says Handlarski

Time spent in lockdowns at an Ontario detention centre is rightfully becoming a significant factor in sentencing, Toronto criminal lawyer Ryan Handlarski tells the CBC . ... Read more

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Analyzing constructive or destructive approaches to cross-examinations: Smith

Lawyers should consider using either a constructive or destructive approach when cross-examining witnesses, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith .  “You ... Read more

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Feds' new laws will undermine rights of an accused: Smith

In a "misguided" attempt to fix the criminal justice system, the federal government is on the verge of undermining the fair trial rights of defendants, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Dad furious, PM rapped over transfer of girl's killer to healing lodge

The father of a raped and murdered eight-year-old girl said on Wednesday the transfer of one of her killers to a prison ``healing lodge'' has sparked widespread anger ... Read more

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Pot smokers should proceed with caution post Oct. 17: Izadi

Canadian cannabis consumers should be cautious after marijuana laws change Oct. 17 because new police powers and the validity of impairment testing equipment both have yet to be ... Read more

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Charges for virtual crimes growing in digital era

It may be fun and exciting for couples to photograph each other during intimate moments, but Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  says those who do run the ... Read more

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Dale testifies on Bill C-75 before parliamentary committee

In recent testimony before a House of Commons Justice Committee, Toronto criminal lawyer  Laurelly Dale  said the elimination of preliminary hearings, as ... Read more

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Appeal court urges province to fix transcript fee confusion

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a rare call to action to the provincial government to settle confusion over transcript fees, Toronto criminal lawyer  Richard Litkowski ... Read more

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Privacy expectations and the ‘electronic conversation’

By Jessica Zita What happens to your texts once sent? Are they yours? Do you have a right to them? The Supreme Court’s recent decision in this case  says yes, ... Read more

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Will police test you for drug-impaired driving?

By Joseph Neuberger Soon, you may be asking “What is my nanogram count?” if you decide to drive after using cannabis. In June 2018, the federal government ... Read more

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Decriminalization of impaired driving a ‘road to tyranny’

British Columbia’s effective decriminalization of impaired driving has not turned into the road-safety nirvana some assumed it would, Calgary criminal lawyer  Greg Dunn ... Read more

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Writing the book on Canada’s flawed dangerous offender laws

Canada’s dangerous offender laws will be scrutinized in a forthcoming textbook co-authored by British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr.  Gary Botting , who says a ... Read more

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Sealed warrants aim to ensure fair trial for accused

Calgary criminal lawyer  Ian McKay  worries that the man accused of being the Toronto serial killer won't get a fair trial if the legal battle to have ... Read more

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Pair of SCC decisions 'progressive,' in step with the digital age: Zita

A Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision likening text message exchanges to a telephone conversation is a “progressive step” which clarifies many murky areas around ... Read more

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‘How much does a criminal lawyer make?’

By Ryan Handlarski I get asked this question a lot and before I answer, I need to know what you are thinking in asking it. Most people that ask this question are making a ... Read more

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Webb to co-chair OBA forensic science panel

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb will co-chair the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) upcoming panel, "Forensic Science and the Law: An Uneasy Coexistence." Join ... Read more

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