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Man accused of attempting to transport drugs via a courier

In previous posts we have written about situations in which people have been charged with drug crimes after being caught in possession of the drugs. While this is certainly a situation where someone could face and arrest and drug charge, as a recent arrest made by Toronto police illustrates, one need not have the drugs on his or her person to be arrested for drug trafficking.

Police were called to a courier company after an employee became suspicious about a package that was dropped off, likely to be shipped to Edmonton. When the 28-year-old man who brought the first package returned with another one, he was arrested. Police claim to have recovered a total of $175,000 in cash as well as ketamine and cocaine with a street value of $550,000 from the packages.

Toronto police officers begin body camera pilot

As technological advancements have been made people in all occupations have integrated new tools into their daily tasks. Law enforcement officers are not an exception. Police officers in Toronto are taking part in a pilot project involving body cameras. While there are many who support the use of the technology others are not as keen.

There are a couple of reasons why people are in support of police officers in Toronto wearing lapel cameras. The first is that they record how the police officers conduct themselves and would allow others to see if there was any misconduct. In some situations it is possible that footage captured by the cameras could also be used as evidence at criminal trials.

New sex crime law seeks to protect individuals from cyberbulling

Readers are likely well aware that there are multiple laws in place pertaining to sex crimes in Canada. They may not however be aware of a law that recently went into effect. It involves cyberbullying via the use of intimate images of someone who has not provided permission to use them. The law is designed to try to protect individuals from having such images made public.

There are multiple things that a court can now do in response to someone committing the offence including preventing the distribution of the images via an order and making the person found guilty of the offence reimburse the victim for the amounts they had to pay to remove the images from the places they were made public. In addition, the court may order that any device used in the commission of the offence is forfeited.

Impaired driving arrest over holiday weekend? Contact a lawyer

People in the Toronto area choose to spend long weekends such as the one that recently occurred for Victoria Day, a variety of ways. Gathering with friends and family is one of those ways. While there are many different activities that could be partaken in during this period of time, in some cases the consumption of alcohol is involved. This can lead to an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers on the road. It can also lead to a higher number of individuals who are just over the legal limit, getting behind the wheel to drive. According to a recent report, this is exactly what happened in Ontario over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Toronto man diagnosed with HIV accused of aggravated sexual assault

The Criminal Code of Canada provides that, under particular circumstances, a charge of sexual assault can be upgraded to a charge of aggravated sexual assault. The law states, "Every one commits an aggravated sexual assault who, in committing a sexual assault, wounds, maims, disfigures or endangers the life of the complainant."

Aggravated sexual assault commonly involves a firearm or other weapon, but the charge can also be laid when no weapon is involved. For example, consider the recent arrest of a man who was accused of having unprotected sex and not disclosing that he had been diagnosed with HIV.

Judge throws out drug charges after York police violate man's Charter rights

When police officers violate one person's Charter rights, everyone's constitutional rights are threatened. Still, improper police conduct happens more often than you might think.

Recently, a Superior Court justice ruled that York Regional Police officers violated a man's Charter rights in a number of ways, and that the drug charges against him should be dropped. In the ruling, the judge characterized the police officers' actions as a "catastrophe."

Judge finds insufficient evidence against friends of Rob Ford

We have mentioned in previous posts that being accused of or even charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. Because of this those facing accusations should take steps to craft a defense. Taking this action could be the difference between being acquitted or having the changes dropped and facing serious penalties upon conviction. The recent developments concerning two pals of Rob Ford, illustrate this.

Important questions raised by sexual assault charges against high school volunteer

In 2008, the Tackling Violent Crime Act raised the age of consent for sexual activity in Canada from 14 years to 16 years. As we discussed in a previous post, however, there are exceptions.

For example, if the older person is no more than five years older than a 14- or 15-year-old, then the minor may consent to sexual activity, as long as the parties' relationship is not one of authority, trust or dependency. The Canadian Criminal Code also recognizes that a 12- or 13-year-old may consent to sexual activity with another minor who is no more than two years older. This kind of exception is known as a "peer group" or "close-in-age" exception.

In some situations manufacture and sale of legal drugs illegal

When most people think about drugs that are trafficked throughout the Toronto area the first thing that likely comes to mind is street drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and crack. While law enforcement agencies do go after people accused of dealing these types of drugs, there are other types that are considered illegal as well.

Recently officers from several Toronto-area police forces made a drug bust in which seven people were arrested. The drug that was seized in “Project Ice Castle,” the investigation that started in November 2014, was ketamine.

What is an integrated domestic violence court?

Family matters are often complex. That complexity, along with the emotions that often accompany issues that arise regarding families, can lead to situations escalating to a point where someone either does something he or she did not mean to do or leaves the another person feeling as though something that should not have happened, did. This can lead to allegations of domestic violence.

In a situation such as this one, because in many cases there are multiple people whose lives will be affected by the outcome, it is important that the matter is handled in a delicate manner. In addition, legal issues regarding the matter could arise not only in criminal courts but family courts as well. Since the two are so intertwined handling them in the same location is generally a good idea. Enter the Integrated Domestic Violence Court. But just what is this court?