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Judge disagrees with defence, Crown’s recommendations

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Monday October 07, 2013.

It is rare for Ontario judges to be so vocal about what they think of a defendant, but a Greater Sudbury judge had no qualms in telling a 30-year-old man that if he could, he would put the man in jail. This is even after both the man’s criminal defence lawyer and the Crown submitted a joint recommendation to the court asking for a $1,250 fine. Fortunately for the man,...
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London police search backpack, home in crackdown on drugs

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Uncategorized on Saturday October 05, 2013.

According to Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all Canadians have "the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure." While this seems relatively straightforward, the Supreme Court has heard many cases that carefully define what this right means, but it typically means that police cannot search through an individual's things if it would violate his or her reasonable expectation of privacy. If there would be...
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Ontario teens charged with drug possession

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Possession on Thursday October 03, 2013.

In the small town of Red Rock, Ontario, three teenagers have been arrested on drug charges. Most people in Toronto remember making mistakes when they were younger. Hopefully, those mistakes were forgiven and didn’t do too much damage to an individual’s future. For teens charged with marijuana possession, however, this small mistake could have serious and long-lasting consequences. For teens who are unable to clear their names, a drug conviction could...
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Rapper told not to come to York University after criminal charges

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Tuesday October 01, 2013.

What many people in Mississauga may not realize is that even the slightest rumor that someone has committed a violent crime is enough to permanently tarnish a reputation. If someone is facing criminal charges for violent crimes, he or she not only has to deal with serious punishment if convicted, but also the discrimination that comes with having a negative reputation. Working with a criminal defence lawyer can help to both have...
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Ontario Provincial, Toronto police arrest 11 in trafficking ring

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Trafficking on Friday September 27, 2013.

Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto police and the Canada Border Services Agency have been working together for over three years to bring down an international drug trafficking ring that they say is based out of the Greater Toronto Area. For three years, they have spent countless dollars, interrogating individuals and trying hard to draw connections between packages of drugs arriving in Toronto to individual Canadians. So, what has law enforcement got...
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Wilfrid Laurier study: police need to investigate arguments

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Domestic Violence on Tuesday September 24, 2013.

If police are called to deal with a domestic dispute in Waterloo, someone will probably be arrested. Although there may be limited or no evidence of a crime, police may still arrest someone in order to defuse a situation. Despite this harsh practice, a criminology professor from Wilfrid Laurier University has recently recommended that Ontario police do more to investigate domestic threats and other verbal disputes. According to the professor, police should...
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Ontario police admit distracted driving worse than drunk driving

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drunk Driving on Friday September 20, 2013.

At the end of August, the Ontario Provincial Police began promoting the message that driving while distracted has caused more deaths on Ontario highways than drunk driving has, yet the criminal punishments associated with drunk driving far outweigh those for texting and driving. If someone from Brampton were convicted of driving over 80, for example, he or she would be banned from driving for at least one year. Moreover, he or...
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Greater Toronto Area sees arrest of 5 for manufacturing meth

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Drug Manufacturing & Cultivation on Tuesday September 17, 2013.

In what is being described as the largest methamphetamine raid in Ontario history, five people have been charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug trafficking. The five have since appeared in an Oshawa court. While it is the job of police and prosecutors to find and convict individuals of accused of participating in meth labs and production of drugs, labelling methamphetamines as a social problem has put even more...
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Danforth Road reverend accused of sexual assault

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Friday September 13, 2013.

In order to convict a Torontonian of a crime, the Crown must provide considerable, credible evidence, if it cannot, a defendant must be acquitted. The Crown needs to convince a judge or jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did what he or she is accused of, an extremely high burden and one that is meant to prevent wrongful conviction. This also means that police and prosecutors cannot rely...
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Toronto man behind synthetic pot battles for legal recognition

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in violent crimes on Tuesday September 10, 2013.

For young people in Toronto, getting high may not come with the same legal implications that people of their parents' generation had to deal with because of synthetic marijuana. Currently, synthetic marijuana, some of which is marketed under the Izms brand, is in a legal grey zone, meaning it is neither legal nor is it illegal. Until the federal government issues clearer legislation on synthetic marijuana, there will be some...
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