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Man barred from Toronto subway after sexual assault conviction

Charges of sexual assault are not always based on allegations of extreme violence. Sometimes actions that one party thinks are permissible are actually not welcome by the other party, and allegations of inappropriate sexual contact ensue. A person can face a charge of sexual assault for touching another person in a way that is perceived to be inappropriate.

Sudbury program provides support to men accused of domestic abuse

"We can't arrest our way out of a problem." Those are words from the Sudbury police chief, speaking about the problem of domestic assault. A number of support groups have teamed with police in Sudbury on a pilot program that is meant not only to offer services to victims of domestic violence, but also to individuals who have been charged with assault. So far, no other city in Ontario has a program like this one.

Domestic assault: The importance of pretrial investigation

In complex cases involving allegations of violent crime, a multidisciplinary approach to criminal defence is often necessary to protect the rights of the accused. For example, flaws in the prosecution's evidence may not be obvious without the help of specialists who work with the defence in the pre-trial phase. Depending on the individual case, such experts may include psychologists, forensic specialists and experts in technology.

Father of 3 convicted, sentenced for drug trafficking in Ontario

Many people who find themselves facing drug charges have already experienced difficult circumstances in the time leading up to the arrest, but prosecutors nonetheless ask the court to impose heavy penalties upon conviction.

Man arrested in Hamilton after alleged breach of curfew

People convicted of violent sexual offences can face a long list of penalties and restrictions in addition to prison time. Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, the consequences of a conviction in Canada could include the following:

Can e-bike riders in Toronto be charged with drinking and driving?

Canadians are generally aware that drinking and driving is illegal. The blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. In addition to jail and fines, the consequences of being convicted of drinking and driving could include loss of driving privileges, higher insurance premiums, obstacles to employment, required treatment programs, probation and a criminal record.

Overdose deaths at music festival lead to homicide investigation

Earlier this year, a man was convicted of manslaughter following the overdose death of a young woman in Winnipeg. The man was accused of providing the morphine pills that caused the woman's death. The conviction, which is based on the assertion that the man's selling the drugs caused the woman's overdose, is believed to be the only one of its kind in Canada. An appeal of the conviction is expected.

Elderly Toronto man accused of sexual assault dating back to 1977

When a complainant makes a sexual assault allegation many years after the offence is said to have occurred, the reliability of witness statements and the validity of the prosecution's evidence quickly come into question. A conviction on a sexual assault charge has extremely serious consequences. To protect their rights and freedom, accused individuals may need legal counsel to draw upon private investigators, technology experts and forensics experts in order to build a strong defence and effectively cross-examine complainants.

Police cast wide net, arrest 24 on drug-related charges

In the midst of large-scale police investigations that lead to multiple arrests, sometimes innocent people are in the wrong place at the wrong time and soon have to confront criminal charges. Overcharging is another common problem in police investigations that cast a wide net. While there may be someone who committed a crime, that doesn't necessarily mean that all parties involved should be charged with the same offence.

Supporters say racial bias a factor in conviction of Halifax lawyer

The conviction of a Halifax lawyer accused of sexual assault continues to be a controversy. The Crown argued that the 29-year-old defence lawyer sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman while she was too impaired to consent to sex. The accused, however, said that the pair had consensual sex. A victim impact statement was apparently not filed by the woman.


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