Experienced Firearms Lawyer in Toronto
Firearms related charges are treated extremely seriously by our justice system. Many police departments have units dedicated solely to investigating firearm offences. In Ontario, a specialized unit of the Crown Office (called “Guns and Gangs”) prosecutes individuals facing firearm related charges. If convicted of a firearm related offence, the prosecutor will seek a jail sentence, even for a first time offender.
Richard has assisted individuals facing firearm charges since 2001.
If facing a firearms charge, you should look for a lawyer who has expertise in this complex area of the law, understand the licensing framework, and can identify police constitutional violations that may lead to a dismissal of the case.
Winning Strategies & Defences
If the matter goes to trial, Richard has a long history of identifying winning strategies and defences, including:
- That the Crown failed to prove his client was in possession of the firearm
- Identifying violations of his client’s constitutional rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, leading to the exclusion of the evidence and a dismissal of the case
- Failure to prove the item was a firearm as defined by the Criminal Code
- If the weapon is located inside a residence, establishing that there were no grounds for the search warrant to be issued
Schedule a Meeting
Richard is always available to meet with you one-on-one to review the evidence, answer your questions and identify strategies for a successful result.
Call today to schedule a no charge consultation if you or a family member is charged with a firearm offence.
Richard acts for individuals facing firearm charges in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Oshawa, Hamilton, Barrie, Newmarket and throughout Southern Ontario.
Firearms Case Successes
Practicing exclusively as defence lawyer since 2001, Richard has a long track record of defending individuals facing firearm related charges:
R. v. S.H. (Toronto)
- Allegations: Police execute search warrant at S.H.’s residence. Locate loaded firearm, in addition to a large quantity of heroin and cocaine.
- Defence Strategy: Application filed asserting violations of S.H.’s constitutional rights. That search was unlawful because the police misled the issuing justice and that the warrant was issued without reasonable grounds.
- Result: Application granted. Trial judge agrees with defence counsel that S.H’s Charter rights were violated and all evidence must be excluded. All charges dismissed.
R. v. M.K. (Toronto)
- Allegations: Vehicle involved in high speed pursuit with police that results in crash. Firearm is thrown while driver (who was alleged to be M.K.) and passenger flee the seen. Chase is captured by in-car police camera.
- Defence Strategy: Establish there is reasonable doubt that the firearm was discarded by the driver. It was equally plausible that the firearm was discarded by the passenger.
- Result: Judge finds there existed reasonable doubt that M.L. threw the firearm. Not guilty of possessing a firearm.
R. v. K.A (Toronto)
- Allegations: During traffic stop police locate firearm on floor of rear driver side passenger. Also locate cell phone in same area.
- Defence Strategy: Reasonable doubt that K.A. possessed the firearm. The firearm, along with phone, belonged to individuals who had recent access to the rear seat.
- Result: Not guilty of possessing a firearm.
R. v. C.J. (Toronto)
- Allegations: C.J. facing charges of attempt murder with firearm. Police alleged that client shot victim on subway platform during afternoon commute.Victim identifies C.J. as the shooter in statement to police and at preliminary hearing.
- Strategy: Point to lack of evidence identifying client as the shooter. The earlier identification of C.J. was unreliable. Victim had dispute with C.J., which was motive for false identification.
- Result: Not guilty of all charges.
R. v. T.M. (Toronto)
- Allegations: Client is arrested as part of Guns and Gangs investigation “Project Sizzle”. Police locate loaded semi-automatic handgun inside T.M’s residence.
- Strategy: Apply to exclude evidence pursuant to s. 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on basis that no grounds existed for the issuance of the search warrant.
- Result: Judge agrees that T.M.’s right to be free from unreasonable search violated. Charge of possession of firearm dismissed.