Criminal Law Blog

How Should I Prepare For My Bail Hearing?

When charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, it is up to the police to decide whether to release the person on a “promise to appear” or hold them for a bail hearing, also known as “judicial interim release.” 

How Does Bail Work in Ontario? Ontario’s Bail System

When charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, it is up to the police to decide whether to release the person on a “promise to appear” or hold them for a bail hearing, also known as “judicial interim release.” 

Domestic Assault Charges Dropped? How Can this Happen?

When most people think of domestic assault, they imagine a scenario in which one person attacks another within the confines of their home. However, many don't realize that this definition can be much broader.

Driving While Disqualified

Driving while disqualified is the act of driving after being legally forbidden from doing so. This can occur for several reasons, including accumulating too many driving record points, being convicted of a serious traffic violation, or failing to meet the requirements of a court-ordered restricted license.

Understanding the Over 80 Rule and Impaired Driving in Ontario

The Ontario government has an elementary rule – if you have alcohol in your systems and exceed 80 mg per 100 ml of blood when tested after driving, you could be fined, charged with impaired driving, or even go to prison if caught.

What Can I Do If The Police Seize My Firearms?

At the forfeiture hearing, the Crown must satisfy the justice that there are legitimate concerns that the gun owner currently lacks the responsibility and discipline required to possess firearms.

How do I bail someone out? 12 Questions Answered

A surety is someone approved by the court to supervise an accused in the community pending the resolution of their criminal charges.

5 Keys to a Successful Bail Hearing

Be prepared, plan and know the plan of release, ask questions before the hearing, tips surety while testifying testimony, and don't rush!

The Firearm Bail Hearing

While the right to be released on bail applies to all criminal charges (meaning no offence, no matter how serious, is excluded), the practical reality is that being released on bail is much more difficult when you are facing firearm related charges.