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Defending professionals in administrative and criminal proceedings

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Monday November 24, 2014.

We've discussed on numerous occasions the fact that professionals accused of crimes can also face career-ending consequences outside the criminal justice system. Medical professionals and financial professionals may be particularly vulnerable to disciplinary action in their chosen fields. When an individual faces criminal charges in addition to allegations of professional misconduct, a comprehensive legal strategy is needed to protect the defendant's rights during criminal court proceedings and administrative hearings. At...
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Toronto condo explosion due to meth lab, according to police

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Thursday November 20, 2014.

A man is dealing with more than burn injuries after an explosion recently blew off the front door of his sixth-floor condo in Toronto's Liberty Village. The 36-year-old has been charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking. Specifically, police believe the defendant was operating a meth lab in the residence. The man was reportedly inside the condo when the blast occurred, and he was able to leave the...
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Justices overturn Ontario man’s sexual assault conviction

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday November 17, 2014.

An Ontario man will have a new criminal trial now that the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned his 2012 conviction. It was alleged that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl nine years ago, and after the initial trial, he was sentenced to three years in prison. However, the court of appeal found that the 14-year-old girl's mother tried to "trick" the man into confessing. The mother reportedly told the...
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Trial of Sudbury pharmacist underway

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

In addition to jail time and monetary penalties, a criminal charge can lead to damage to a professional's reputation. However, a defence lawyer's early intervention in the legal process may effectively mitigate the negative repercussions of a criminal charge. An allegation does not automatically proceed to a conviction, and every professional accused of a crime has a right to mount a strong criminal defence. A Sudbury pharmacist is currently responding to...
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Incident in Quebec draws attention to date-rape drugs in Canada

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday November 10, 2014.

Traces of GHB, a drug commonly associated with date rape, were detected in the system of a teenage girl who was found naked at a Halloween party in Quebec, and the incident has sparked concerns about the use of such drugs across Canada. Ketamine and rohypnol are two other drugs often linked to date rape. Veterinarians use ketamine as an anesthetic for animals, but rohypnol and GHB are classified as illegal...
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Criminal harassment charges sometimes based on false allegations

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday November 04, 2014.

A criminal charge that sometimes comes up in connection with domestic disputes is criminal harassment. In Ontario, a criminal harassment charge can be based on a number of types of repetitive, threatening conduct, including harassing emails, text messages or phone calls. Criminal harassment charges may also be based on allegations of stalking or uttering threats against a person or a person's family. Serious, long-term consequences can result from a criminal...
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Man who kissed neighbour convicted of sexual assault in Sarnia

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Sunday November 02, 2014.

We've discussed before the fact that a person doesn't have to commit an extremely violent act to be charged with sexual assault. Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual touching of any kind can lead to a sexual assault charge. A 35-year-old man in Sarnia was recently convicted of sexual assault after kissing his neighbour in 2011. The case went to trial in Superior Court, and the justice hearing the case said he believed that...
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7 charged in connection with Tyendinaga grow-op

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Tuesday October 28, 2014.

Being accused of growing even a small amount of marijuana in Ontario can lead to serious legal consequences. In addition to fines and incarceration, the penalties for running a grow-op may include a restriction on an individual's ability to cross into the United States. If you have been charged with illegal drug production, then it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side to intervene early in the...
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Penalties expected to increase for drug-impaired driving in Ontario

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Thursday October 23, 2014.

The Ontario government is expected to approve a number of new traffic law amendments, one of which will increase penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs. Specifically, the penalties for driving while high will be raised to match the penalties for driving while impaired by alcohol. However, it remains to be seen exactly how police officers will obtain evidence that proves without doubt that a driver is impaired...
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Judge rules broad search and seizure of child porn unwarranted

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Monday October 20, 2014.

As is stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians are legally afforded the freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. In other words, you should be able to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the matter in relation to a drug crime case that was heard by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In a more recent court decision in Ontario, a judge...
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