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Keeping Your Name Out Of The Media

You’ve heard the saying “any publicity is good publicity”. However, this is not the case when you are involved in a criminal offence. In such circumstances, your goal should be to stay out of the public eye as much as possible, and ensure that only the necessary few people are aware of your matter. In addition to notoriety and embarrassment, having... » Read this article

In Case You Didn’t “Say No To Drugs”…

It doesn’t matter if you only had a few grams of marijuana on you, or if you were “just holding it for a friend”. The police can, and likely will, charge you with a drug offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. In Canada, it is illegal to possess and/or smoke marijuana; claiming that you thought otherwise will not constitute a valid... » Read this article

Caught In Traffick-ing

When it comes to drug offences, a couple of circumstantial factors can make the difference between serving 24 hours of community service versus 24 months in jail. Specifically, a conviction for possession of a controlled substance carries far less severe penalties than a conviction for trafficking or possession for the purpose of trafficking that controlled... » Read this article

Please (Finger) Print Clearly

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that everyone charged with an offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. So how and why can you be legally obligated to get fingerprinted and photographed before you are even convicted? The answer is based upon statutory enactments guided by considerations pertaining to the interests... » Read this article

The Ins & Outs of Legal Aid

You may have heard that, in criminal proceedings, “you have the right to counsel”. However, this adage may be more aptly phrased: “you have the right to counsel… if you can afford it”. When charged with a criminal offence, it is a common misconception that you will automatically be appointed a state-funded lawyer if you cannot afford to... » Read this article

Okay, I’m Guilty… So What Now?

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that everyone charged with an offence has “the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal”. In other words, if you are charged with an offence, you can choose to fight the charges by going to trial. You will... » Read this article

Self-defence when a person is the victim of an unprovoked assault (Section 34 of the Criminal Code ).

Bruce Engel of Engel and Associates criminal lawyers in Ottawa explains self-defence as it is described in Sections 34 of the Criminal Code when a person is the victim of an unprovoked assault. Though self-defence is defined more than once in the Criminal Code, the application of the definitions is very complicated and something that lawyers, prosecutors... » Read this article

Self-Defence When A Person Is A Victim Of An Unprovoked Assault

Bruce Engel of Engel and Associates criminal lawyers in Ottawa explains self-defence as it is described in Sections 34 of the Criminal Code when a person is the victim of an unprovoked assault. Though self-defence is defined more than once in the Criminal Code, the application of the definitions is very complicated and something that lawyers, prosecutors... » Read this article

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