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What should be your first step when charged with a sexual assault violation?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Thursday June 24, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP If you have been charged with a sexual assault allegation, it is critical that you hire a criminal defence lawyer right away – preferably one that has extensive experience and expertise in dealing with cases similar to yours. The consequences of a conviction for sexual assault are grave: If you are found guilty of sexual assault, you will be placed on the sex...
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The Role of “Common Sense” in Sexual Assault Trials

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday March 05, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyers Toronto   In a March 3, 2021 Ontario Court of Appeal decision, Justice Paciocco addressed the growing complexity in defining what comprises a stereotype in sexual assault trials. R. v. J.C., 2021 ONCA 131 offered a number of opportunities to examine how the accused are being blocked from adducing properly relevant evidence. The first issue of stereotypes arose in relation to...
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Justice must be seen to be done: Breach of Solicitor and Client Privilege in Wiretap Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Friday March 05, 2021.

Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyers   In the 1990s, the news media couldn’t get enough of New York mobster John Gotti and how he always seemed to “beat the rap”. As a result of his successes at trial, he was dubbed the Teflon Don and was consistently on the cover of various magazines and newspapers. Our society’s love affair with the Italian mafia has no doubt been influenced by...
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The Risks of “Narrative as Circumstantial Evidence”

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday March 02, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyers   In a recent BC sexual assault appeal, R. v. N.P., 2021 BCCA 25, the Crown conceded that a retrial was warranted after the trial judge improperly used prior consistent statements to corroborate the complainant's testimony. The Court of Appeal issued their decision, elaborating on how "narrative as circumstantial evidence" should be properly used at trial. This exception may form an...
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A Tale of Two Crown Appeals

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday March 02, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger, Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Lawyer   Two similar, though not identical, Crown appeals of sexual assault acquittals were heard in the Nova Scotia and Alberta Courts of Appeal in January 2021 with two very different outcomes. In R. v. Nelson, 2021 NSCA 11, the Crown unsuccessfully argued that "the trial judge erred in law by making findings of fact which were not supported by the evidence...
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The Meaning of “Control” in Prostitution

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday February 05, 2021.

Since the beginning of 2020, the new prostitution laws under section 286 of the Criminal Code of Canada have been on constitutionally shaky grounds in Ontario. On February 21, 2020, in the case of R. v. Anwar, 2020 ONCJ 103, Justice McKay found almost all the sections of 286 unconstitutional and not saved under section 1 of the Charter. The accused in that case were not charged under section 286.1...
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Reasonable Steps and Sexual Consent

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday February 01, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers In a number of recent sexual assault cases, trial judges have been asked to find an accused guilty based on his own evidence. The Crown argument has been that, by the accused’s own testimony, they failed to take reasonable steps to obtain affirmative consent prior to engaging in a sexual act. In R. v. M.F., 2020 ONSC 5061 Justice Varpio...
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Supreme Court Rulings from The Bench

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday January 25, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP Criminal Defence Lawyers   Throughout October, November and December 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada heard appeals in ten different cases involving sexual assault appeals. In seven of those cases the appeal was granted or dismissed after only a short recess. In all seven rulings from the bench, the Supreme Court found in favour of the Crown and confirmed or restored the convictions....
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The Second Lockdown – What does that Mean for You and Your Rights?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Friday January 15, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP, Criminal Defence Lawyers The Provincial government has again declared a state of emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  Under that power the government has made a “stay at home” order permitting Ontarians to leave their residence for only defined purposes (approximately 33 essential reasons) including exercise, walking pets, going to and from essential work, health care, shopping for necessities such...
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The Ongoing Error of Credibility Contests in Sexual Assault Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday January 13, 2021.

Joseph A. Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP, Criminal Defence Lawyers Since the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in R. v. J.J.R.D., O.J. No. 4749 there has been significant movement away from following the three step process for assessing testimony, as previously outlined in the Supreme Court’s 1991 decision in R. v. W.(D.) Many judges have focused on the third step, beginning with a review of the evidence as a whole....
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