Toronto

Brian Ross Criminal Defence Lawyer
36 Lombard Street - suite 100, Toronto, M5C 2X3

How to Save Money When You Hire a Criminal Lawyer

A criminal lawyer is an invaluable resource when facing charges that could impact your life, relationships, career, and freedom.

Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in Ontario?

When people drive under the influence, there is an increased likelihood of them causing an accident. DUI checkpoints also referred to as sobriety checkpoints, are commonly used to help get drivers under the influence off the road.

How Does the Bail Process Work in Toronto?

After being arrested and charged with a criminal offence in Toronto or the GTA, your constitutional rights afford you the right to reasonable bail. Getting “bail” means getting a conditional release while you await the disposition of your charges – instead of being held in...

Are Youth Criminal Offenders Treated the Same as Adults?

Youths are held to the same standards as adults when it comes to following the law. Youths can be charged with theft, robbery, assault, sexual assault, domestic assault, impaired driving, drug offences, weapons offences, and any other criminal offence defined by the Criminal Code...

What Are the Consequences of Being Convicted of Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is often associated with youth mischief.  Of course, youths are not the only ones that shoplift.  Many of those people found shoplifting are surprised to learn that they are not simply let go with a warning or told to simply never return to the store.  The reality is...

What Responsibilities and Rights Does a Surety Have?

A surety is a person who the Court approves to supervise an accused person who would otherwise remain in custody pending his or her trial.  The surety is responsible for supervising the accused throughout their criminal proceeding until it is fully resolved. Typically, this...

Reasons Why Bail May Not Be Granted

When one is charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, part of the legal process is ensuring the accused gets a bail hearing in a timely manner – this is a constitutional right for anyone charged with a criminal offence who is held in custody. The purpose of the bail hearing is...

Is Uttering a Threat in Toronto Considered a Crime?

In Toronto and everywhere else in Canada, if you threaten another, where you state that you will seriously injury or kill them, burn, destroy, or damage their property, or poison, injure, or kill their pet – you could be charged with the criminal charge of Uttering a...

I’ve Been Charged with a DUI in Toronto: Is the Cost of a DUI Lawyer Worth It?

One common question that arises when someone is a first-time offender for a DUI is whether they need to hire a DUI lawyer in Toronto – or anywhere else for that matter. The answer to this question can be complicated due to the nature of DUI offences and the specific circumstances...

What Rights Do You Have When Stopped By Police in Toronto While Driving?

When you are pulled over by the police, it can be rather stressful. You may not know what you did wrong and the reason why the police have stopped you.  If this happens to you, take a deep breath – remember you have rights that are guaranteed to you under the Canadian...

How Serious Is Being Charged with a DUI in Toronto

One common myth about being charged with a DUI in Toronto is that it is not a profoundly serious offence. Some people also believe a DUI is a traffic offence. Due to these misconceptions, unfortunately, people will sometimes plead guilty to the DUI just to have the matter...

How Are Criminal Offences in Toronto Being Handled During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Back in March, the Ontario Court of Justice decided to suspend all non-urgent criminal proceedings until after May 29, 2020.  This date has since been amended.  Criminal offences, like impaired driving, shoplifting, drug offences, youth court cases, and so on, will still be...

Why Securing Bail During A Bail Hearing Is Essential?

Several rights come into play when an individual is arrested and charged with a criminal offence.  One of those rights is the right to have a bail hearing and the right not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause.  For many minor offences, the police have been granted the...

Why You Should Hire A Criminal Defence Lawyer For A DUI

One common misconception some people have is that they can easily represent themselves when charged with a DUI. While this is certainly their right, what they fail to understand is they are not well-versed in criminal law and criminal law proceedings.

Domestic Assault Claims

Domestic assault is a serious criminal offence and the Courts view this type of assault as very serious in nature. Due to the fact that the victim knows their assailant, often in a familial relationship, those charged with, found guilty/convicted of domestic assault often face...

The YCJA and Recreational Cannabis: What You Need to Know

The YCJA (Youth Criminal Justice Act) outlines the procedures and rights of youths between the ages of 12 and 17 who have been charged with a criminal offence in Ontario. With the passing of the Cannabis Act, it has raised many questions for youths and what is legal and what is...

Be Prepared for the 2019 Holiday RIDE Program and Avoid a DUI

Police throughout Ontario will kick off the 2019 holiday RIDE program on Saturday, November 23, 2019, and will continue until January 2, 2020. The program is a series of checkpoints that are set up throughout the province, including here in Toronto.

DUI & Impaired Driving Offences Now Include Recreational Marijuana

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada, DUI and impaired driving laws had to be modified to include impairment by cannabis. The newly modified laws have outlined different provisions that include significant penalties and consequences if convicted and found...

Legalized Marijuana and Drug Offences: What You Need to Know

Even though marijuana has been legalized for recreational use in Canada, it does not mean you can use it freely wherever you want, whenever you want. There are specific regulations one must follow when using recreational marijuana. If you fail to adhere to these, you could end up...

Uttering Threats: What You Need to Know

According to the Canadian Criminal Code it is illegal to knowingly threaten to cause death or bodily harm to a person.  Section 264.1(1) also makes it clear that it is a criminal offence to knowingly threaten to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property, or to threaten to...

If the Police Show Up At Your Door Do You Know Your Legal Rights?

Every Canadian has certain legal rights and protections afforded to them by law. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of these rights and protections. While no one ever wants the police to show up at their door uninvited, it does happen. When they do knock on your door, you will...

Domestic Assault Allegations – Not Uncommon

Domestic assault is a special type of assault that is considered a hybrid criminal offence (it can be prosecuted summarily or by indictment) involving people considered to be in an intimate relationship. Domestic assault offences could range from assaults between married spouses...

Canada’s Cannabis Act Has Passed

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office, he promised to legalize cannabis (marijuana) for recreational use. Initially, July 1, 2018 was said to be a deadline for the first legalized sales of marijuana in the country. Even though the bill (Bill C-45) passed the House of...

Most Parents Dread Being Called By the Police

It is late at night and your phone starts ringing. You pick up the phone and find yourself talking to a local law enforcement officer. They are calling to inform you that your adult child was arrested and has been detained for some criminal offence. They let you know that your...

Stalking Is a Criminal Offence Called Criminal Harassment

In today’s social media driven society, stalking is a growing concern for many people. We share a lot of personal information about ourselves on social media sites that others can often easily access without our permission. Aside from being stalked online through social media...
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