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Charges can pile up after a drinking and driving arrest

Not every story of alleged drunk driving ends with a catastrophic collision. However, many of them do end with an arrest. Sometimes, people accused of drinking and driving face multiple charges and may have a difficult legal ordeal ahead. Such is the case with a woman arrested not far from Toronto just recently.

On March 19, a police officer in Brantford saw a vehicle collide with a parked vehicle at around 2:20 a.m. The driver apparently continued driving after the collision. The officer followed the vehicle to a residential location, where the driver parked in a driveway.

Big rig operator suspected of driving under the influence

When the Ontario Provincial Police pull a driver over, there could be several reasons. While a driver might be suspected of driving under the influence, officers still have to determine whether the vehicle operator is in fact impaired and, if so, by what. Any driver who faces charges for driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or even prescribed medication could end up facing severe consequences if convicted.

OPP officers arrested a big rig operator shortly after noon on a recent Tuesday. Police alleged the truck driver was swerving across the lanes of Highway 401 and refused to pull over when officers ordered him to stop. They said more police cruisers arrived to join the pursuit and keep the eastbound traffic safe from the supposedly weaving big rig.

Drug trafficking charges followed up a recent fentanyl overdose

Courts in Ontario treat any drug offences as serious crimes. Regardless of the severity of the charges, be it possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug trafficking of large amounts of illegal substances, penalties may be steep if a person is convicted. Having an experienced criminal defence lawyer on one’s side can help ensure that any accused individual proceeds with the best possible defense strategy.

Police arrested a 46-year-old woman on a recent Saturday evening. They charged her with fentanyl trafficking, possession of criminally obtained property and causing bodily harm to another individual. This followed the response of police and paramedics to a residence at which a person almost died from a suspected overdose of fentanyl. The victim was a man who was taken to a hospital after emergency workers administered a reversing agent for treatment of opiate overdoses.

Serious criminal allegations follow seizure of explosive device

Few things are scarier that an arrest and accusations of criminal conduct. Serious criminal allegations that result in convictions come with severe penalties, especially if there are weapons involved. Ontario residents facing such circumstances will likely be exploring the defence options available to them.

When Toronto police recently executed a drug warrant at a residential home, they learned of an explosive device located in the garage. With the assistance of the CBRNE team that deals with chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive devices, the surrounding homes were evacuated before they removed the device. Officers then detonated it in a safe location. At the same time, police seized hundreds of ammunition rounds along with two guns and an amount of cash.

Two drivers walk free after a violation of rights

Drivers in Ontario who are accused of driving while intoxicated may find two recent court rulings interesting. These cases show how important it is for drivers to take note of every step that law enforcement takes during a traffic stop and while conducting tests to determine blood alcohol levels. Even the slightest deviance from prescribed procedures may ruin the case of the Crown when an impaired driving case goes to court.

Reportedly, when a breath technician of the police did a breath screening of an accused drunk driver, the officer ordered the woman to get on a scale. When the driver asked whether she could refuse, the officer allegedly said her weight had to be determined. When the case came before the judge, the judge said citizens have a Chartered right that protects them from unreasonable search and seizure procedures, and ordering the defendant to stand on the scale violated that right and her right to privacy. This left the Crown without evidence.

Four Toronto teens arrested for alleged violent crimes

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.

Failed breath test won't guarantee an impaired driving conviction

Failing a roadside breath test is a frightening prospect. A conviction for impaired driving may mean a fine, a lost licence, and perhaps other penalties. Those are serious punishments for the average citizen. However, there have been many cases wherein failed tests did not lead to convictions. A recent example happened in Ontario when a woman's case was dismissed for a Charter violation.

After failing a roadside test, the woman was taken to a police station for further processing. An officer asked her to stand on a scale so her weight could be ascertained. It was this part of the process that was singled out in court.

Ontario man arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking

Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can spell trouble on occasion. That's may be what happened to a southern Ontario man after police took an interest in him as he made a late night trip to a convenience store. He now faces multiple charges for alleged drug trafficking

At around 3 a.m. on Feb. 28, a Niagara Regional Police officer, following up on an earlier traffic complaint of an unspecified nature, decided to investigate a man spotted at a convenience store in St. Catharines. Evidently, the vehicle he was driving matched the description given previously. The officer intercepted the vehicle, and began a quick investigation.

Serious accident in Toronto leads to impaired driving charges

Virtually no one sets out to injure another person with his or her car, either on purpose or through neglect. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and people sometimes get hurt. If there is reason to suspect alcohol may have been a factor, an accident can become a serious legal issue. A man from east of Toronto is facing impaired driving charges after a recent incident left another motorist badly injured.

On Feb. 26, at around 3 a.m., a van and a car, collided near the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Danforth Road. Both vehicles were travelling eastbound at the time. The two vehicles each left the road and collided with a utility pole.

Private school teacher arrested for alleged sexual assault

Allegations of misconduct can send shockwaves through a community when the accused is known by many. Accusations alone are not proof, but they are damaging, nonetheless. A teacher working just west of Toronto has lost his job after his arrest on suspicion of sexual assault.

On March 3, police in Mississauga acted on a complaint about an alleged sexual assault. They arrested a 41-year-old in connection with the complaint, but released few details. The accused is a teacher at a private Islamic school, and the school was quick to release a statement after the arrest.