Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Our practice is based in Kitchener, We can assist those charged with criminal offenses in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, Stratford, Woodstock, and the surrounding areas. In most cases, the charges are laid under the Criminal Code and/or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. We can assist with bails, trials, sentencing, and appeals.

We also defend quasi-criminal or regulatory offenses. Regulatory offenses often have adverse consequences such as fines, license suspensions, permanent loss of license, and sometimes even jail.

  • Impaired Driving

    Driving is a vital part of our lives. Anything that interferes with our ability to drive will have a far-reaching impact. The consequences of a driving-related charge may be more severe than you realize. Impaired driving is a very complicated area of law. If drinking and driving result in death or the police found drugs in your vehicle, the charges and penalties associated will increase. Drinking and driving can lead to a number of criminal offenses, including:

    Impaired driving causing death

    Refusing breath sample/approved screening device

    Dangerous driving

    Impaired driving

    Driving while impaired by drugs

    Criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle

    Drinking and driving are accompanied by many penalties. Some of them include hefty fines, probation, criminal record, increased auto insurance rates, loss of your driver's license, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device that must be paid for by you. If you are not a Canadian citizen, as result of changes to the legislation introduced in 2018, you can be subject to removal from Canada if convicted. There are significant immigration consequences to permanent residents.

    For a strong defence against your charges, call us at 519-584-0769 or send us an email for a free consulation

  • Assault

    Assault is the intentional use of force against another person without their consent. Under assault also are the following different provisions:

    Aggravated assault

    Sexual assault

    Aggravated sexual assault

    Assault with a weapon

    Assaulting a peace officer

    For a strong defense against your charges, call us at 519-584-0769 or send us an email for a free consultation

  • Regulatory Offenses

    Regulatory offenses are quasi-criminal offenses such as careless driving, driving while suspended, unlawfully hunting and fishing, and health and safety violations. Regulatory Offenses are provisional, non-criminal offenses. They include offenses set out in legislation such as:

        The Highway Traffic Act

        The Liquor License Act

        The Occupational Health and Safety Act

        The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act

        The Fire Protection and Prevention Act

        The Environmental Protection Act

    It is easier to be convicted of a Regulatory Offense than a criminal offense. Regulatory Offense convictions do not result in a criminal record, and many people do not take them seriously. The consequences of a Regulatory Offense conviction can be significant. The penalties can include large monetary fines, probation orders and even jail time.

    For a strong defense against your Regulatory Offense charges. Call us at 519-584-0769 or send us an email for a free consultation.

  • Sexual Assault

    Assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the complainant is called sexual assault. There are sexual offenses such as sexual interference and sexual exploitation that deal with the offenses involving sexual acts performed with young people or children by an adult.

    Sexual assault can be defined as contact of a "sexual nature" applied intentionally and occurring without the consent of another person or a threat by act or gesture to apply force of a sexual nature to another person. A sexual assault is alleged to have occurred where the complainant submits or does not resist non-consensual sexual activity because of the application of force to the complainant or to a person other than the complainant.

    Determining if the assault, alleged to have occurred, was of a sexual nature is usually done by examining the alleged conduct and circumstances such as which part of the body was being touched, what part of the body the accused to touch, the nature of the contact, the situation in which it occurred, the words and gestures accompanying the act and all other circumstances surrounding the conduct including the motives of the accused.