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Report shows rate of crime down in Toronto, throughout nation

Each day, people throughout the nation face criminal charges for activities authorities deem to be against the law. While based on media reports, it may seem as though crime is a big problem throughout Canada, data recently released regarding this matter shows a different result. The crime data was released by Statistics Canada.

Surrendering to police is not an admission of guilt

The prevalence of computers throughout the Toronto area has created crimes that at one time did not exist. While there are multiple crimes that could involve the use of a computer, one realm in which they have had a big impact is sex crimes. A 24-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with several sex crimes in conjunction with receiving photos and videos of teen girls via the computer.

Can cultural differences be considered in criminal sentences?

When someone is convicted of a crime in the province of Ontario, depending on the thing they are found guilty of, the penalties can be severe. This is not always the case however and for various reasons judges may order a sentence that is lighter than what one would expect. One such sentence was recently overturned by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Drunk driving arrests happen to people of all backgrounds

Drunk driving allegations are something that virtually anyone who drives after consuming alcohol could find that they are facing. Old or young, rich or poor, people from all walks of life could be pulled over and arrested for the crime. This is illustrated in the recent arrest of NHL star Ryan O'Reilly.

Registration as a sex offender a consequence for some convictions

Those who are accused of sexual assault should take those charges seriously. Individuals in Ontario who are convicted of this crime could face time behind bars and have to registers as a sex offender. While the sex offender registration does not affect someone convicted of a sex crime until he or she is no longer imprisoned, for some, its impact will be harder to bear than incarceration.

Toronto area residents arrested in drug raid

There are multiple situations in which a drug arrest could occur. Sometimes they are a matter of a law enforcement officer being in the right place at the right time. Other times however, they are the result of an investigation. The latter situation recently led to a raid that resulted in, among other things, the seizure of $70,000 of cocaine.

Sexsomnia defence secures man a new sexual assault trial

When someone is charged with a crime, determining the defence someone will use is an important step. It is usually accomplished with the assistance of a lawyer. Depending on the charge, and the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime, there are a variety of options. Recently, a man, who was convicted in 2012 of sexual assault, secured a new trial after an interesting defence was offered.

Smartphone app assists with law enforcement encounters

These days individuals throughout the Toronto area have smartphones. In addition to using them to communicate, people rely upon apps to assist with a wide variety of tasks. Because of this reliance readers are probably not surprised to learn there is an app that can assist with encounters with law enforcement.

Arrested for domestic violence? Contact a criminal defence lawyer

Disagreements arise in virtually every relationship. Sometimes those disagreements turn into volatile arguments and in some situations the next thing someone knows, law enforcement has been contacted. Upon arrival, it is highly likely that at least one party to the argument will be arrested by police. This is true even when there is little in the way of evidence that activities characteristic of domestic assault occurred.