The question of consent is primary in many sexual assault cases. Under Ontario law, sexual assault occurs whenever an individual sexually touches another person without that person's consent. In other words, the touching does not have to be extremely violent in order to lead to a sexual assault charge, nor must a sexual assault charge be predicated on sexual intercourse.
In Canada, heroin is classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. While the penalties for possession of a Schedule I drug may include fines, jail time and other consequences, the penalties for trafficking a Schedule I drug such as heroin can be even more severe, even if you have no prior convictions.
When multiple people are arrested in connection with alleged drug trafficking, the extent to which each party is involved, if at all, is often not immediately clear. People may find themselves facing a serious drug charge simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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.
The penalties imposed for impaired driving in Ontario are some of the toughest in North America. Many people don't fully understand the burden a conviction can place on them until they are convicted. To lighten that burden as much as possible or to prevent a conviction altogether, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side throughout the legal process.
Police in Canada are currently allowed to use deceptive tactics to a certain extent when interviewing a person suspected of a crime. In reality, misleading suspects in an effort to get them to confess is a common practice in police interviews. For example, the Reid technique is a complex form of manipulation used by police, and the technique has been shown many times to have elicited false confessions.
In 2012 Canadian legislators passed the controversial Safe Streets and Communities Act, which, among other things, set mandatory minimum sentences for certain kinds of drug offences and increased prison sentences for marijuana offences.