Lawrence Forstner

Lawrence Forstner
FIRM:
Forstner Law
POSITION:
Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Criminal Law
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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 Posts

Cameras should be welcomed in Canadian courtrooms: Forstner

Cameras will inevitably come to more Canadian courtrooms, where they will shine a welcome light on the justice system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . Read more

Mandatory minimums weaken the justice system: Forstner

Mandatory minimum sentences “suck the air” out of a courtroom, weakening the chances of arriving at a just result, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . Read more

Extreme inebriation defence needs top court's consideration

Two competing Ontario Superior Court decisions have left the defence of extreme inebriation ripe for constitutional review by appeal courts, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Ruling upholds 'freestanding right' to counsel: Forstner

The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a decision that strongly affirms that a suspect's right to consult a lawyer is a psychological lifeline when they are detained by police, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Corrections system provides a model for therapeutic jurisprudence

This is the final instalment in a four-part series on therapeutic jurisprudence by criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner. Read more

Australia should be therapeutic jurisprudence role model for Canada

In the third instalment of a four-part series, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner examines what makes Australia a leader in therapeutic jurisprudence. Read more

Reduce recidivism, justice system costs with therapeutic jurisprudence

In the second instalment of a four-part series, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner examines the concept of therapeutic jurisprudence. Read more

Therapeutic jurisprudence: a criminal justice revolution

In the first instalment of a four-part series examining therapeutic jurisprudence, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner discusses how the way an accused is treated in court will shape their perception of the system. Read more

Understanding stigma, bias key to defending domestic assault cases

Domestic assault cases can be among the most complex — and stigmatizing — in court partly because they are not dealt with the same way as common assault, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . Read more

A call for the release of PAR program data: Forstner

Domestic violence defendants are being asked to take counselling programs that are often unnecessary and can even be harmful, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . Read more

Understanding why some domestic complainants recant

The reasons why domestic assault complainants recant their statements is an issue that deserves further exploration to ensure everyone has access to justice, Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Ontario courts in need of tech updates: Forstner

It is an unfortunate reality that the technology available to most people in the developed world is still not present in Ontario’s court system, says Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . Read more

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 criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner . 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 declared in setting aside the firearms convictions of a man whose sent messages were uncovered by police. 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. Read more