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Toronto Crimes & Misdemeanours Law Blog

Police opinion on impaired driving could count as that of experts

Determining whether a driver has been impaired by alcohol is usually a straightforward matter. By administering a breath test, a police officer can tell with some certainty if an individual has a blood alcohol level that exceeds the legal limit in Ontario. However, what happens in cases in which impaired driving is believed to be the result of drug use?

Currently, there is no established legal limit in this province for concentrations of the active components of drugs in the blood. Additionally, there is no device to measure such levels, even if a limit did exist. Right now, officers trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators provide the only evidence to the courts when drivers are suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

Exploding dispensary leads to drug trafficking charge

The ongoing dispute between citizens and marijuana dispensaries in Toronto shows no sign of abating. While drug trafficking charges have been laid in some cases, these businesses often operate in a legal grey area. A catastrophic event at one Forest Hill dispensary has brought a lot of attention to the neighbourhood, and legal trouble for one man.

An explosion on Aug. 19, 2016, at a marijuana dispensary on Eglinton Ave. W. shattered a storefront window, spraying glass across the sidewalk and into the street. The blast caused severe burns to the face of a 29-year old Niagara man working inside. Toronto police and firefighters responded to the incident, including the police's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosion response team. The Ontario Fire Marshall's office is continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion.

Man suspected of drinking and driving refuses Breathalyzer

Few people set out to cause trouble, or put themselves and others in danger. Unfortunately, the consumption of alcohol can set otherwise well intentioned people on the road to trouble. Such may have been the case for one man arrested for drinking and driving in northern Ontario this summer.

Early in the morning of July 16, 2016, Greater Sudbury Police responded to a call from a downtown bar doorman who was concerned an apparently inebriated patron was about to drive his car. The police arrived in time to see the suspect leave the scene in his car, and attempted to pull him over after following him a short distance. The suspect did not respond to the lights on the cruiser, but did stop after allegedly striking a curb.

Guelph home raided after drug trafficking charges laid

An upswing in the use of the powerful drug fentanyl has brought with it an increased level of police scrutiny of the street drug trade. For those caught in the dragnet, the potential repercussions are severe. Two southwestern Ontario men are now facing drug trafficking charges after being targeted by a months-long police investigation.

Two men were arrested on Sept. 21, 2016 by Waterloo Regional Police on Lester Street, not far from both Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. As a result of the arrest, a search warrant was executed, and a home in Guelph was raided. All of this sprung from a WRPS guns and gangs investigation that began in the spring of 2016.

Sexual assault charges brought against Toronto supply teacher

When a person's job requires him or her to be in a position of trust, anything that erodes that trust can be a major problem. An accusation of sexual assault is a serious allegation that can prove extremely damaging, especially for an educator. A Toronto man now faces this situation after charges were filed against him, stemming from an alleged incident that happened approximately six years ago.

On Sept. 27, 2016, Toronto Police arrested a 36-year old teacher and charged him with sexual assault and sexual interference. The incident allegedly took place while he was working as a daycare supervisor in Scarborough between 2009 and 2010. The victim is reported to be a young boy who was between 5 and 6 years old at the time.

Multiple violent crimes charges as man accused of shooting driver

When tempers flare, rash decisions often follow. Downtown Toronto was the scene of an accidental shooting this past spring, a direct result of one such decision. A west GTA man finds himself charged with several violent crimes after a late night argument got out of hand, and an unlucky bystander was injured.

The incident took place on April 25, 2016 near Dundas Street West and Euclid Avenue. A group of people was engaged in an argument around 12:30 a.m. when one man allegedly drew a gun on the group. He apparently fired the weapon toward the group but missed all of them. The bullet did strike an Uber driver near the scene who was waiting for a passenger, and was not involved with the group. The alleged shooter left the scene in another vehicle.

Drinking and driving cause of hit and run in Brampton

Even the best of us can sometimes make poor decisions. Unfortunately, when those decisions result in an accident, there can be dire consequences. An east GTA man driving just west of Toronto has been charged with drinking and driving after allegedly causing a serious two-car wreck. His alleged decision to flee the scene may make things even worse for him.

On Sept. 19, 2016, two vehicles were involved in an accident in Brampton, Ontario, at around 8 p.m. The vehicles collided as one of the drivers attempted to make a left turn at the intersection of The Gore Road and Ebenezer Road. The force of the crash caused one of the vehicles to roll over. A 40-year-old man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, but is expected to survive.

New laws for those caught driving under the influence coming soon

The laws governing impaired driving in Ontario are about to change. Driving under the influence does not currently carry the same penalty for drug use as it does for alcohol. As of Oct. 2, 2016, the playing field will be more level.

Ontario drivers who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol will not only face criminal charges, but they will also have their licences suspended. As the law stands currently, men and women impaired by drugs behind the wheel face criminal prosecution, but they do not lose their licences. Under the newly revised law, high drivers will now have their driving privileges taken away, just the same as drunk drivers.

Toronto chess instructor accused of sexual assault

To be a teacher is to be in a position of trust -- trust from parents, children and the educational institute. When that trust is alleged to have been broken, things can become very difficult for the accused in an instant. A Toronto instructor facing charges of sexual assault now finds himself in the middle of a teacher's nightmare.

Toronto Police arrested a 55-year old man on Sept. 14, 2016, after a complaint was filed against him. The accused is a chess instructor at a private school in the northeast corner of Scarborough. The parents of a 10-year old female student of the school made the complaint after their daughter was allegedly assaulted while at her lessons. He has been charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.

Patient accuses doctor of sexual assault

Certain professions require a person to deal with others at an atypical level of intimacy. Individuals with such careers may find themselves in potentially compromising situations, situations in which some may perceive a breach of trust has occurred. An Ontario doctor stands accused of sexual assault after a patient felt such a breach took place.

Toronto Police were notified on Sept. 6, 2016 of an alleged sexual assault. A 48-year old woman went for treatment at the 200 Bay Street office of an orthopedic surgeon. In her statement, the woman claims the doctor sexually assaulted her during the course of her visit. No details as to the nature of the assault were released.