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Man faces multiple charges from alleged impaired driving accident

Driving in the wee hours in a dark and remote area can be a risky venture. When one adds impaired driving to the mix, it often becomes a recipe for disaster. The lives of several people were forever changed after one man's alleged poor choices caused a major accident recently.

Man charged with sexual assault failed to disclose HIV status

The laws of this country were written to be as clear as possible and leave little doubt as to their application. However, there are some laws that leave themselves open to interpretation. Determining guilt or innocence can be difficult in such situations. For an Ontario man facing sexual assault charges, a vague set of parameters may be the difference between conviction and freedom.

Uber driver denies violent crime claim by passengers

It is almost a given these days that when a person feels he or she is being wronged, he or she is going to pull out a cellphone and document the incident. While these videos can be helpful when it comes to verifying the facts of a situation, they only show what that person wants seen. When the incident is an apparent violent crime, the evidence can be very damaging to the accused. A Toronto driver-for-hire recently found this out the hard way.

Two-sided domestic assault results in charges in Northern Ontario

When a domestic incident is reported, more often than not the complainant is a female and the accused is her husband or male partner. This is not always the case, however. There are numerous cases of female-on-male domestic assault every year, though many go unreported. One case that was reported to authorities took place recently in northern Ontario.

Drug trafficking charges laid after Toronto pot store busts

The issue of legalized marijuana is a contentious and confusing one. While there are circumstances in which the possession and use of the drug is legal, it remains a controlled substance in Ontario. Nevertheless, there are numerous retail establishments in Toronto where marijuana can be purchased openly. Recently, some of these businesses have been the scenes of law enforcement actions focused on drug trafficking.

Toronto man alleges sexual assault following web hook-up

Social networking makes it easier than ever for those looking to meet someone to find a like-minded companion. But when two strangers get together, sometimes intentions are misunderstood, and things can go awry. Allegations of sexual assault are stemming from such an encounter this past spring.

Search for drugs ruled unlawful: trafficking charges dropped

Police officers must often rely on their instincts to tell them when something does not look right. Sometimes though, gut feelings need to be held in check by the letter of the law. Simple suspicion is not reason enough to detain a person without just cause. In the case of a search for drugs east of Toronto, a judge recently ruled in favour of a defendant when the search was deemed to be the result of profiling.

Impaired driving charge lost in translation

The administration of justice is seldom simple. Even when a case against a suspect seems irrefutable, processes need to be followed by authorities to ensure fair treatment. A recent and clear-cut incident of impaired driving provides an example of what can happen when an arrest goes awry.

Sarnia woman in possession of controlled substance set free

The law applies equally to all citizens, and no one has the right to deny the rights of another, including those of someone suspected or accused of a crime. When these rights are denied, there can be serious repercussions for all involved. Illustrating this point is a recent ruling on an incident involving a woman arrested for possession of a controlled substance in Sarnia, Ontario.

Toronto justice slams police for unconstitutional strip searches

In our last post, we talked about a new initiative in Ontario to review police use of strip searches as well as the leading Supreme Court of Canada case on the subject. Today, we have news about a recent Ontario case that dealt with this sensitive and difficult subject in the Ontario Court of Justice. 

Ontario police-review agency to study strip searches in province

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director or OIPRD is launching a thorough review of the use of strip searches by police in Ontario. The OIPRD is an “independent civilian oversight agency” that investigates public complaints against police in the province. The agency is affiliated with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. 

Toronto man accused of sexual assault of four women

The allegation of a sexual crime may have lifelong consequences for the accused. Being convicted of sexual assault may mean facing harsh penalties, including a long incarceration. A Toronto man find himself in just such a situation after being arrested for allegedly committing multiple sex crimes.

Niagara Falls man enters guilty plea in lottery theft charges

On Tuesday, a retired man from Niagara Falls, Ontario, pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to claim the entire $7 million Lotto 6/49 lottery jackpot won with a ticket paid for by him and 10 other people. Specifically, he entered a plea admitting to two charges: theft over $5,000 and counselling his daughter to commit the criminal act of false pretenses, often referred to as fraud. 

Toronto teacher faces sexual assault charges

When people in positions of trust are accused of unthinkable crimes, a natural reaction may be for the public to vilify the person accused of the acts. Currently, a Toronto school teacher may be experiencing that kind of criticism as she faces charges of sexual assault involving a person under the age of 16. Because of the serious nature of the charges against her, it is likely that the teacher has reached out to an attorney to plan her defense.

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