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Niagara Falls reports increase in drugs from the GTA

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Thursday October 31, 2013.

Police in Niagara Falls are reporting an increasing number of suspected drug dealers from the Greater Toronto Area coming to the city and selling drugs. Police claim to have found $58,000 worth of heroin, marijuana and cocaine, as well as cash and two weapons. The mayor of Niagara Falls is confident, however, that dealers from the GTA will not be able to make much of a foothold in the city, which...
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Police arrest 1 after a 10-person Windsor street fight

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Wednesday October 30, 2013.

Toronto readers may have heard about the tragic death of a Toronto teenager who died in a Windsor street fight recently, but what is surprising is that only one person has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Should he be charged with any other violent crimes, he could be facing a very serious punishment. What is odd about the Windsor police department's decision to...
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Toronto men acquitted of sex offence charges, Crown appeals

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday October 28, 2013.

As we have mentioned previously, there are certain requirements that the Crown must meet to convict a defendant of a criminal charge. While that threshold of "beyond a reasonable doubt" applies to all criminal charges, it is especially important for serious crimes, such as sexual offences. As the punishment for such a charge can be quite severe, it is vital for defendants to work with their criminal defence lawyers to question...
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Canadian police want to stop weed from being sent abroad

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Wednesday October 23, 2013.

The debate on personal marijuana use in Canada has been going on for quite some time, but, as of yet, there has been no consensus on allowing individuals to make responsible choices about using marijuana. Some of those opposed to legalized marijuana are police, which would make many people in Mississauga think that if the amount of marijuana in Canada went down police would be happy. Not so, it seems,...
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Ottawa judge recognizes the importance of Charter rights

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Thursday October 17, 2013.

There are very few criminal charges in Ontario that carry the same weight or gravity as sexual crimes committed against a minor. Being convicted of possession of child pornography may mean years in prison and forever being labelled as a sex offender. The punishment is severe, which is why it is so important that any violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms be investigated thoroughly before a conviction is handed down....
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Politicians can’t agree on heroin, so why is it criminalized?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Wednesday October 09, 2013.

Canada prides itself on being a country that truly cares for its citizens and is compassionate to its citizens' unique situations. Take, for example, individuals with mobility issues. Toronto and cities across Canada have made buildings accessible, services available and other accommodations for people. Similarly, people with serious illnesses and medical conditions are not just told to "get over it" and participate in normal society. Since most people can agree...
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Judge disagrees with defence, Crown’s recommendations

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Monday October 07, 2013.

It is rare for Ontario judges to be so vocal about what they think of a defendant, but a Greater Sudbury judge had no qualms in telling a 30-year-old man that if he could, he would put the man in jail. This is even after both the man’s criminal defence lawyer and the Crown submitted a joint recommendation to the court asking for a $1,250 fine. Fortunately for the man,...
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London police search backpack, home in crackdown on drugs

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Uncategorized on Saturday October 05, 2013.

According to Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all Canadians have "the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure." While this seems relatively straightforward, the Supreme Court has heard many cases that carefully define what this right means, but it typically means that police cannot search through an individual's things if it would violate his or her reasonable expectation of privacy. If there would be...
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Ontario teens charged with drug possession

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Possession on Thursday October 03, 2013.

In the small town of Red Rock, Ontario, three teenagers have been arrested on drug charges. Most people in Toronto remember making mistakes when they were younger. Hopefully, those mistakes were forgiven and didn’t do too much damage to an individual’s future. For teens charged with marijuana possession, however, this small mistake could have serious and long-lasting consequences. For teens who are unable to clear their names, a drug conviction could...
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Rapper told not to come to York University after criminal charges

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Tuesday October 01, 2013.

What many people in Mississauga may not realize is that even the slightest rumor that someone has committed a violent crime is enough to permanently tarnish a reputation. If someone is facing criminal charges for violent crimes, he or she not only has to deal with serious punishment if convicted, but also the discrimination that comes with having a negative reputation. Working with a criminal defence lawyer can help to both have...
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CONTACT INFORMATION

1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271

COVID-19 UPDATE

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger