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When law enforcement accuses individuals in Toronto of crimes, the suspects have some basic rights. One of those is the presumption of innocence until proved guilty in a court of law. Four men who were captured in connection with violent crimes that involved a shooting incident in Toronto on Dec. 31 will likely be exploring their defence options. The Youth Criminal Justice Act protects the identities of two of them who were minors of ages 16 and 17 years.
According to the Toronto Police Service, three men allegedly unlawfully entered an apartment on the early morning of Dec. 31. According to the police, the men carried a firearm, and they supposedly told two occupants of the apartment to lie on the floor. They then proceeded to search the unit and came across a third person whom they allegedly shot in the throat during a struggle. The suspects fled, and police arrived at the scene where they say they located a loaded gun and a full magazine. After an intense search, police — with the help of the Emergency Task Force — located and arrested a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy later that day.
Officers tracked them to a nearby home, and they are now facing 27 charges — from the possession of drugs to attempted murder. Then, on Feb. 28, police say they arrested two more suspects — ages 18 and 16 — who allegedly assisted in the December incident. The 29 charges these two teenagers now face include drug possession, illegal gun possession and noncompliance with probation. They also charged the older of the two teenagers with attempted murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and using that weapon to carry out an offence that is indictable.
Another fundamental right of Toronto individuals who face accusations of violent crimes is the right to retain the services of a lawyer. An experienced criminal defence lawyer can guide a defendant through the stressful period that will follow the arrest. With experienced legal representation, skilled advocacy at every stage of a case could significantly increase one’s odds of achieving the best possible outcome.