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Ontario and federal governments put pressure on drug rings

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Thursday May 29, 2014.

When police coordinate with other branches of law enforcement it is generally because of something quite serious. Whether it is because of violent crimes or the massive importing of drugs, various branches of law enforcement are under tremendous pressure to arrest, charge and help in the conviction of people. What this ultimately means, however, is individuals might get swept up who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time....
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Paradox: having a ‘criminal’ record despite never being convicted

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Tuesday May 27, 2014.

Though most people in Markham would worry if they were arrested by police, they might not think too much about consequences if they were released shortly thereafter and never charged with anything. The problem is, however, that just because an individual has not been charged with a crime does not mean that he or she does not have a criminal record. Unfortunately, there are a number of people listed on the...
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Ontario dry cleaner gets swept up in Rob Ford drug scandal

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Thursday May 22, 2014.

It may be a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but a dry cleaner is looking at a long wait before he can get his day in court on a handful of drug charges. Unfortunately for the Ontario dry cleaner, he has been wrapped up in the Rob Ford drug scandal, despite not knowing the mayor. The man's lawyer has said that his client will...
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Police turn to the public to identify suspects on video footage

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Tuesday May 20, 2014.

When security footage comes on the news, how often is it that anyone can actually make out a face clearly? The tapes are often blurry or pixelated, so it can be next to impossible to make a positive identification based off of security footage. And that is when a person is looking clearly at the security camera. If his or her face is turned away, it can be even more...
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What impact would a drunk driving conviction have on sports star?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Friday May 16, 2014.

For Jonas Valanciunas of Toronto Raptors fame, a delay in his case for drinking and driving may give him more time to defend his case. Yet should he be convicted of driving over 80 it could have very serious consequences for his career. There is, of course, no guarantee that he will be convicted, but the risk of conviction should be enough to cause significant concern. According to reports, the 21-year-old basketball...
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Police need sufficient evidence to link someone to heroin package

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Wednesday May 14, 2014.

Though the Canada Border Services Agency discovered a backpack with 11 packages of heroin in it nearly one month ago, it seems the Peel Regional Police are still looking for a suspect. Even if they manage to find a suspect, to actually arrest an individual and make a case requires considerable evidence. Even more is necessary to support a conviction. If the Crown cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that...
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Brampton realtor forced to give up licence because of charges

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday May 09, 2014.

Though we often mention the noncriminal consequences of a conviction, we generally must talk in the abstract because the stories are about people battling charges or who have just been convicted. This week's story is about a realtor from Brampton who was charged with breaking and entering and theft who faced some very concrete consequences from the charges. Ultimately, the Crown withdrew the charges nearly one year after first charging him. For...
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Prosecutor notes that cocaine, oxycodone are highly addictive

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Wednesday May 07, 2014.

For many people in the Greater Toronto Area, drugs and drug crimes are seen as something shameful done by individuals who have nothing better to do. What they often fail to realize, however, is that not everyone who uses drugs chose the lifestyle. Many drugs are highly addictive and some people may develop a dependency much more quickly than they could ever suspect, unwillingly pushing them into a risky lifestyle....
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Toronto man arrested after police raid, find drugs and replicas

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Possession on Friday May 02, 2014.

This blog often covers stories about individuals who are arrested on and charged with drug crimes, but that is not a monolithic charge -- there are many different charges that fall within the category of drug crimes. Sometimes even small differences in what police find in a raid is enough to enhance a charge. With drug penalties already quite high, having a sentence enhancement for something like being arrested with a...
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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