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Drunk driving charges down in province, but up in Toronto area

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Friday August 28, 2015.

There is no question that drunk drivers can pose a risk to themselves and others who are on the road the same time they are. As a result, there is a fairly consistent effort to try to reduce the number of drivers who are intoxicated on Toronto area roads. Just how well those efforts are working is debatable. The Ontario Provincial Police recently provided statistics regarding the number of such...
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Qualified legal representation a necessity if facing drug charges

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Wednesday August 26, 2015.

While the attitudes many have regarding the use of marijuana the production and use of the drug are softening, in Ontario, the cultivation and use is still illegal. Most people are likely aware that being charged with growing a large amount of marijuana could result in harsh penalties if one is convicted. Fewer people may be aware however that the consequences can be similarly severe if someone is found guilty...
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Stigma of accusation of sex crime can linger after acquittal

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday August 21, 2015.

Accusations of sexual abuse can be devastating to the person who faces them and building a defence against such charges can be an exhausting and scary. While there is undoubtedly a great relief when a defence against such charges is successful, the entire episode can leave someone reeling and life may never be the same. An Ontario man recently acquitted after being accused of child sexual abuse in another country...
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Medical providers move away from the term ‘shaken baby syndrome’

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Wednesday August 19, 2015.

Most people who have babies are probably aware of the term “shaken baby syndrome.” Parents are generally educated on the serious head trauma shaking a baby out of frustration could cause to the child. In addition to potentially causing devastating injuries, it could also lead to death. Now, at least one hospital in the province, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, is abandoning the use of the term. A revision...
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BEING PULLED OVER, PART 2

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Friday August 14, 2015.

In our last post we focused on reasons why a Toronto police officer might pull a vehicle over. Since under certain circumstances a traffic stop can lead to serious criminal charges, how the stop is handled is important as well. It is fair to say that once pulled over, no one wants to do anything that will get them into trouble. But just what are your rights if you are pulled...
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What you should know about being pulled over, Part 1

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Wednesday August 12, 2015.

No one wants to be pulled over by police. This is true for a variety of reasons. While a traffic ticket is certainly not desirable, if the stops leads to more serious criminal charges--such as drunk driving or drug possession or trafficking--the penalties can be even harsher. Accordingly, it is generally a good idea to take steps to avoid being pulled over. The interim director of policing and public safety...
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Domestic violence addressed by CFL in new policy

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Friday August 07, 2015.

All are likely aware that someone who is convicted of domestic violence could face serious consequences within the criminal justice system. Readers may not realize how it could impact other parts of their lives however, such as their employment. This is true regardless of what one does for a living and includes professional football players. Perhaps in response to the backlash the NFL recently faced in the United States following...
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Fear of alleged victims at issue in Twitter harassment trial

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Wednesday August 05, 2015.

Over the course of the past few years the use of social media platforms has grown at a fast pace. People of ages and backgrounds now use apps such as Facebook and Twitter to share information with the world. While much of the use of these platforms is for positive communication, there are however, some who may feel that its use is for negative. A man, who tweeted at two...
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Trafficking of drugs across border is serious criminal charge

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Monday August 03, 2015.

Truckers are relied upon by people throughout the country to transport good from one place to another. Sometimes the goods being transported are picked up in the United States before crossing over into Canada. Earlier this week a Toronto truck driver was accused of transporting more than he was supposed to. Specifically it is alleged that the 26-year-old man was transporting 52 kilograms of cocaine. The suspected drug was discovered by...
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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