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Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Use of Prior Sexual Activity and Re-defines Consent in Honest but Mistaken Belief in Consent Defences in Sexual Assault Cases

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Friday June 28, 2019.

Joseph A. Neuberger, LL.B., LL.M., C.S. Neuberger & Partners LLP www.nrlawyers.com In a recent precedent setting case out of Alberta, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned Bradley Barton’s manslaughter acquittal and ordered a new trial due to the Crown’s failure to be alert to the issue of the victim’s privacy regarding her sexual history. Mr. Barton was on trial for first degree murder in the death of an Indigenous woman...
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New (and Arguably Absurd) Drinking and Driving Offences

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, drug charges, Drunk Driving on Thursday June 27, 2019.

By Christopher K. Assié & Joseph Neuberger Neuberger & Partners LLP The new amendments to the Criminal Code have changed the drinking and driving landscape significantly. Two changes are attracting particular attention due to their impacts on protected Charter rights and a serious potential for wrongful convictions. Arguably the most concerning amendment is the creation of a new offence – consuming too much alcohol or drugs after driving. Under s....
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What You Need to Know About Impaired Driving Charges in 2019

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, drug charges, Drunk Driving on Thursday June 27, 2019.

Recent changes to the impaired driving laws by the Federal Government developed to combat drinking and driving offences and the impact of legalizing cannabis, the laws surrounding impaired driving in Canada changed on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. These changes come as part of Bill C-46 which was enacted to ensure deterrence from impaired driving by making the penalties some of the most severe in the world. What Hasn't Changed The...
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University Tribunals are no Substitute for Courts

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Monday June 10, 2019.

The growing concern to address sexual assault allegations on university campuses has resulted in a new vigilance to investigate and litigate allegations against students and faculty with little to no protection of the accused person’s fundamental rights.  Increasingly students and faculty members accused of sexual misconduct, even absent criminal charges, are being forced to participate in pseudo-trials designed by universities. The accusations being made through these tribunals are often very...
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Know Your Rights: Get in Touch with an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Monday March 04, 2019.

Being arrested, detained or charged with a crime can leave you feeling scared and vulnerable. It’s important to remember that in a situation like this, you still have rights. Under Section 10 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, everyone has the right on arrest or detention: To be informed promptly of the reasons therefor; To retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right;...
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Bill C-51 and its Implications.

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Sexual Assault on Monday January 28, 2019.

What is Bill C-51? According to the Government of Canada’s website it is, “Legislation introduced by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on June 6, 2017 reflects the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to ensure that Canada’s criminal justice system protects Canadians, holds offenders to account, shows compassion to victims, and upholds the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” Advocates for those falsely accused of sex crimes...
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New (and arguably absurd) drinking and driving offences.

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence, Drunk Driving on Tuesday January 15, 2019.

By Joseph Neuberger and Christopher Assié Originally published by Lexus Nexis. (www.thelawyersdaily.ca)   The new amendments to the Criminal Code have changed the drinking and driving landscape significantly. Two changes are attracting particular attention due to their impacts on protected Charter rights and a serious potential for wrongful convictions. Arguably the most concerning amendment is the creation of a new offence — consuming too much alcohol or drugs after driving....
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The Advantage of Hiring a Domestic Assault Lawyer

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Friday January 04, 2019.

Life has a habit of throwing you curves. There can be situations where, in a million years, you would have never expected that you would need to hire a criminal defence lawyer. Domestic abuse allegations are very serious and can have dire consequences for the person accused of family relations, including custody and access to children. In Ontario, there are mandatory charge polices that result in a charge or charges...
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The Common Use of Domestic and Sexual Assault Allegations

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault on Thursday December 20, 2018.

We live in an age where sexual assault and domestic violence allegations are being taken more seriously than ever before. And for the true victims of these crimes, this comes as a welcome relief.  Sadly however, there are those that would take advantage of the seriousness of such allegations and falsely use them to their own benefit. Being falsely accused of domestic violence - whether an assault or sexual assault...
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CAPACITY TO CONSENT TO SEXUAL ACTIVITY

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday November 30, 2018.

Joseph A. Neuberger, LL.B., LL.M., C.S. Neuberger & Partners LLP Having defended well over 1000 sexual assault cases, a considerable percentage have involved alleged sexual assaults when both parties have been drinking or under the influence of a drug.  The thrust of the prosecution case is that as a result of the complainant’s level of intoxication, she or he lacked the capacity to consent to sex. Often during cross-examination the...
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