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Man accused of attempting to transport drugs via a courier

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Friday May 29, 2015.

In previous posts we have written about situations in which people have been charged with drug crimes after being caught in possession of the drugs. While this is certainly a situation where someone could face and arrest and drug charge, as a recent arrest made by Toronto police illustrates, one need not have the drugs on his or her person to be arrested for drug trafficking. Police were called to a...
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Toronto police officers begin body camera pilot

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Wednesday May 27, 2015.

As technological advancements have been made people in all occupations have integrated new tools into their daily tasks. Law enforcement officers are not an exception. Police officers in Toronto are taking part in a pilot project involving body cameras. While there are many who support the use of the technology others are not as keen. There are a couple of reasons why people are in support of police officers in...
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New sex crime law seeks to protect individuals from cyberbulling

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday May 22, 2015.

Readers are likely well aware that there are multiple laws in place pertaining to sex crimes in Canada. They may not however be aware of a law that recently went into effect. It involves cyberbullying via the use of intimate images of someone who has not provided permission to use them. The law is designed to try to protect individuals from having such images made public. There are multiple things...
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Impaired driving arrest over holiday weekend? Contact a lawyer

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Wednesday May 20, 2015.

People in the Toronto area choose to spend long weekends such as the one that recently occurred for Victoria Day, a variety of ways. Gathering with friends and family is one of those ways. While there are many different activities that could be partaken in during this period of time, in some cases the consumption of alcohol is involved. This can lead to an increase in the number of intoxicated...
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Toronto man diagnosed with HIV accused of aggravated sexual assault

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday May 12, 2015.

The Criminal Code of Canada provides that, under particular circumstances, a charge of sexual assault can be upgraded to a charge of aggravated sexual assault. The law states, "Every one commits an aggravated sexual assault who, in committing a sexual assault, wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant." Aggravated sexual assault commonly involves a firearm or other weapon, but the charge can also be laid when no...
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Judge throws out drug charges after York police violate man’s Charter rights

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Monday May 11, 2015.

When police officers violate one person's Charter rights, everyone's constitutional rights are threatened. Still, improper police conduct happens more often than you might think. Recently, a Superior Court justice ruled that York Regional Police officers violated a man's Charter rights in a number of ways, and that the drug charges against him should be dropped. In the ruling, the judge characterized the police officers' actions as a "catastrophe." The case...
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Judge finds insufficient evidence against friends of Rob Ford

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Friday May 08, 2015.

We have mentioned in previous posts that being accused of or even charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. Because of this those facing accusations should take steps to craft a defense. Taking this action could be the difference between being acquitted or having the changes dropped and facing serious penalties upon conviction. The recent developments concerning two pals of Rob Ford, illustrate this. The men...
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Important questions raised by sexual assault charges against high school volunteer

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday May 05, 2015.

In 2008, the Tackling Violent Crime Act raised the age of consent for sexual activity in Canada from 14 years to 16 years. As we discussed in a previous post, however, there are exceptions. For example, if the older person is no more than five years older than a 14- or 15-year-old, then the minor may consent to sexual activity, as long as the parties' relationship is not one of authority,...
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In some situations manufacture and sale of legal drugs illegal

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Friday May 01, 2015.

When most people think about drugs that are trafficked throughout the Toronto area the first thing that likely comes to mind is street drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and crack. While law enforcement agencies do go after people accused of dealing these types of drugs, there are other types that are considered illegal as well. Recently officers from several Toronto-area police forces made a drug bust in which seven...
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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