Category: sex crimes

Category: sex crimes

What are the sex offender registration requirements in Ontario?

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Thursday February 12, 2015.

The law in Ontario requires any resident who has been convicted of a designated sex offence to register with the province's sex offender registry. Individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes in other provinces or outside of Canada must also register. An individual listed on the registry must periodically report to police. The duration of the reporting requirement depends on the number of offences and the maximum sentence after...
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Understanding specific kinds of sex crime charges involving minors

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday January 14, 2015.

Because allegations of sexual offences involving minors evoke such strong public reaction, and because the penalties for such crimes are extremely serious, anyone accused of a child sex offence should have legal representation the moment it becomes apparent that an investigation could happen. Not everyone accused of a child sex offence is guilty, and in any case, the prosecution will tell its side of the story. Every defendant has a...
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Questions of sexual assault draw sharp focus this winter in Ontario

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday December 03, 2014.

In contrast to the normal holiday festivities, this winter is quickly becoming characterized as a time of heightened concern over sexual misconduct. In particular, allegations of sexual assault against popular media figures such as Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby have drawn sharp focus in Toronto, and all 20 provincial universities in Ontario recently announced new measures for dealing with on-campus sexual assault. Sexual assault charges arise from a variety of situations. Sometimes...
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Justices overturn Ontario man’s sexual assault conviction

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday November 17, 2014.

An Ontario man will have a new criminal trial now that the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned his 2012 conviction. It was alleged that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl nine years ago, and after the initial trial, he was sentenced to three years in prison. However, the court of appeal found that the 14-year-old girl's mother tried to "trick" the man into confessing. The mother reportedly told the...
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Incident in Quebec draws attention to date-rape drugs in Canada

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Monday November 10, 2014.

Traces of GHB, a drug commonly associated with date rape, were detected in the system of a teenage girl who was found naked at a Halloween party in Quebec, and the incident has sparked concerns about the use of such drugs across Canada. Ketamine and rohypnol are two other drugs often linked to date rape. Veterinarians use ketamine as an anesthetic for animals, but rohypnol and GHB are classified as illegal...
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Judge rules broad search and seizure of child porn unwarranted

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Monday October 20, 2014.

As is stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians are legally afforded the freedom from unreasonable search and seizure. In other words, you should be able to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the matter in relation to a drug crime case that was heard by the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In a more recent court decision in Ontario, a judge...
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Each sexual assault case requires a unique criminal defence

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday October 15, 2014.

Sexual assault is a crime with serious legal consequences that can affect the accused for the rest of his or her life. A strong criminal defence is necessary in any such case to protect the accused from prison time and other penalties, including a lifelong requirement to file as a sex offender. As each case is different, a unique defence strategy must be developed for each individual accused of a sexual...
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Sexual assault charges levelled against Mississauga psychologist

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Tuesday October 14, 2014.

We've written before about the negative impact a criminal charge can have on a professional's career and reputation. An accused individual doesn't even have to be convicted for an allegation to damage his or her career. For example, consider our recent post on the restrictions placed on a Mississauga physician's practice. Now another Mississauga professional is facing serious criminal charges in connection with allegations that date back to 2001. Three counts of...
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Judge hands down 20-month sentence for former teacher

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday September 17, 2014.

Historical allegations of sexual assault are taken very seriously by Canadian courts. If the accused individual was in a position of authority at the time of an alleged offence, then the Crown may seek particularly harsh penalties in an effort to send a message to the community. A former high school teacher in Quebec was recently sentenced to 20 months in jail after being found guilty of having a sexual...
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Man barred from Toronto subway after sexual assault conviction

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Sexual Assault on Wednesday August 27, 2014.

Charges of sexual assault are not always based on allegations of extreme violence. Sometimes actions that one party thinks are permissible are actually not welcome by the other party, and allegations of inappropriate sexual contact ensue. A person can face a charge of sexual assault for touching another person in a way that is perceived to be inappropriate. Recently in Toronto, a man pleaded guilty to sexual assault in connection with an...
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