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Report shows rate of crime down in Toronto, throughout nation

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Each day, people throughout the nation face criminal charges for activities authorities deem to be against the law. While based on media reports, it may seem as though crime is a big problem throughout Canada, data recently released regarding this matter shows a different result. The crime data was released by Statistics Canada. Statistics Canada undertakes an analysis of crime in the country each year. Looking at the records of crimes...
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Surrendering to police is not an admission of guilt

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday July 24, 2015.

The prevalence of computers throughout the Toronto area has created crimes that at one time did not exist. While there are multiple crimes that could involve the use of a computer, one realm in which they have had a big impact is sex crimes. A 24-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with several sex crimes in conjunction with receiving photos and videos of teen girls via the computer. Specifically,...
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Can cultural differences be considered in criminal sentences?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Wednesday July 22, 2015.

When someone is convicted of a crime in the province of Ontario, depending on the thing they are found guilty of, the penalties can be severe. This is not always the case however and for various reasons judges may order a sentence that is lighter than what one would expect. One such sentence was recently overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal. An 18-month sentence was given to a man...
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Drunk driving arrests happen to people of all backgrounds

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Friday July 17, 2015.

Drunk driving allegations are something that virtually anyone who drives after consuming alcohol could find that they are facing. Old or young, rich or poor, people from all walks of life could be pulled over and arrested for the crime. This is illustrated in the recent arrest of NHL star Ryan O'Reilly. The 24-year-old hockey player was arrested earlier this month after crashing his vintage pickup into a bar. He...
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Registration as a sex offender a consequence for some convictions

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday July 15, 2015.

Those who are accused of sexual assault should take those charges seriously. Individuals in Ontario who are convicted of this crime could face time behind bars and have to registers as a sex offender. While the sex offender registration does not affect someone convicted of a sex crime until he or she is no longer imprisoned, for some, its impact will be harder to bear than incarceration. People convicted of...
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Toronto area residents arrested in drug raid

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in drug charges on Friday July 10, 2015.

There are multiple situations in which a drug arrest could occur. Sometimes they are a matter of a law enforcement officer being in the right place at the right time. Other times however, they are the result of an investigation. The latter situation recently led to a raid that resulted in, among other things, the seizure of $70,000 of cocaine. Nicknamed Project Bluenose, the investigation involved a total of 110...
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Sexsomnia defence secures man a new sexual assault trial

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday July 08, 2015.

When someone is charged with a crime, determining the defence someone will use is an important step. It is usually accomplished with the assistance of a lawyer. Depending on the charge, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime, there are a variety of options. Recently, a man, who was convicted in 2012 of sexual assault, secured a new trial after an interesting defence was offered. Called the sexsomnia defence, the basis...
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Smartphone app assists with law enforcement encounters

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday July 03, 2015.

These days individuals throughout the Toronto area have smartphones. In addition to using them to communicate, people rely upon apps to assist with a wide variety of tasks. Because of this reliance readers are probably not surprised to learn there is an app that can assist with encounters with law enforcement. Called Legalswipe, the new app is designed to provide users with information regarding their rights. Options are provided to...
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Arrested for domestic violence? Contact a criminal defence lawyer

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Wednesday July 01, 2015.

Disagreements arise in virtually every relationship. Sometimes those disagreements turn into volatile arguments and in some situations the next thing someone knows, law enforcement has been contacted. Upon arrival, it is highly likely that at least one party to the argument will be arrested by police. This is true even when there is little in the way of evidence that activities characteristic of domestic assault occurred. An arrest for this...
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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