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Breach Of Trust In Relation To Professional Colleges and Regulators

Edward Prutschi, Criminal Lawyer with Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman of Toronto, discusses breach of trust in relation to professional colleges and regulators. Another aspect to the breach of trust scenario is the resulting disciplinary action imposed by the colleges and regulatory committees that oversee various professionals, such as lawyers, accountants,... » Read this article

What It Means to Have A Police Record

Dennis Reeve, criminal lawyer with the Newmarket firm of Hobson, Reeve, explains what it means to have a police record. Every time the police have contact with you they keep their own record of it, and every time the police arrest a person and lay a charge, they keep a national record of it. They enter this information in the police computer database... » Read this article

Difficulty in Charges Being Dropped in Breach of Trust Cases

Edward Prutschi, Criminal Lawyer with Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman of Toronto, discusses the difficulty of trying to get a criminal charge dropped if the complainant wants to change his or her decision. Let’s take an example of a company accusing an employee of fraud and breach of trust. If the company is considering laying a charge then obviously... » Read this article

Your Rights Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Dennis Reeve, criminal lawyer with the Newmarket firm of Hobson, Reeve, explains your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was formed as part of our constitutional repatriation in 1982. It is a supreme document in the sense that all authority given to the government must be exercised in... » Read this article

The Increase in Severity of Sentencing for Fraud Convictions

Bruce Engel of Engel and Associates criminal lawyers in Ottawa explains the increase in the severity of sentencing for fraud convictions. Penalties for convictions for fraud are increasing in severity, especially if there are aggravating factors such as breach of trust or any kind of coercion. If the victims are particularly vulnerable such as the... » Read this article

How An Experienced Lawyer Deals With Criminal Charges Under The Youth Criminal Justice Act

Edward Prutschi, Criminal Lawyer with Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman of Toronto, explains how his firm deals with criminal charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. My starting point is to take a look at whether or not the Crown can actually prove the charge or whether not the person is actually guilty of having done anything wrong. Youth, no... » Read this article

Defending A Fraud Charge And The Advantage Of A Plea Bargain

Bruce Engel of Engel and Associates criminal lawyers in Ottawa explains the challenge of defending a fraud charge and the advantage of a plea bargain. Unlike an assault charge file or impaired driving charge file that may take me a few hours to review, a fraud file is usually made up of banker’s boxes full of documents that have to be cross-referenced... » Read this article

The Role Of The Crown Attorney

Dennis Reeve, criminal lawyer with the Newmarket firm of Hobson & Reeve, explains the role of the Crown Attorney. The Prosecutor, in Canada, is called a Crown Attorney. The job of a Crown Attorney is to prosecute the criminal charges laid by police officers. This is an adversarial process. The Crown tries to prove you committed a criminal offence,... » Read this article

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