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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.