Criminal Defence Work - (705) 268-6492

With the arrival of FLORENCE GONSALVES we also offer legal representation in matters dealing with a criminal or quasi-criminal charge. When appearing before an administrative tribunal, it is important to have an effective counsel to protect your rights. We can assist you in all areas of criminal law, from property, drug and driving offences through to offences such as income tax evasion and fraud allegations. We also offer advice to employers and others concerning criminal-law related issues in the workplace, from sexual harassment and workplace violence, to employee surveillance and breach of trust situations.

We can represent you in the defence of:

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) and IMPAIRED DRIVING

Those accused of impaired driving ought to consult with a lawyer to defend these complex and specialized type of offences.

DOMESTIC ASSAULT

The words "domestic assault" do not appear in the Criminal Code. That has not stopped the Crowns from forming a special group of prosecutors and the police from assembling a special group of investigators to deal with these types of offences. Any allegation of assault in the context of a domestic relationship, whether marriage or dating, is subject to special protocols and policies from the time a complaint is made all the way through to trial.

SEXUAL ASSAULT TYPE OF OFFENCES

Sexual assault charges bring immediate and serious consequences. A mere allegation can ruin your reputation, and these cases are eagerly followed by the media. We immediately commence a detailed investigation of the background of the case, soliciting documents from third parties where appropriate, and using computer and cell phone records to discover the motive behind sometimes a possible complaint.

DRUG RELATED OFFENCES

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is the legislation that governs drug prosecutions in Canada. The Crowns who prosecute drug offences are specialists in that area of the law.

You deserve to have a counsel who can spend as much time and energy focusing on the same issues. We can challenge search warrants if necessary. We can bring an application using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to ensure that your rights are fully protected. What is the point of having a right protected by the Charter if you don't have counsel who is skilled to defend that right? We will work to ensure that the Crown is not allowed to use improperly-seized evidence in the court.

BAIL HEARINGS:

Generally, bail is the first interaction with the Court that an accused person will have. A bail hearing determines whether the accused person waits for trial in or out of jail. Everyone knows that you are presumed innocent, but not everyone realizes that you can still be kept in jail waiting for your trial. That can last months and even years if you aren’t released on bail. We know that the only way to do a bail hearing is to do it right the first time. We know what kind of plan will be required to convince a court to release an accused even on the most serious charges. We know how to assemble that plan, and we know how to present it.

YOUNG OFFENDERS

When a person under the age of 18 is charged with a criminal or drug offence special rules apply. This starts as early as the investigation and the bail hearing, and continues all the way through to the trial, and often even to sentencing where necessary. We are well versed in the details of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the special considerations that the justice system affords young persons.

ROBBERY

Robbery is when a person intends to commit a theft while using violence, or the threat of violence. It is a serious charge that can carry serious punishment. It is important to have a lawyer to assess the case and the evidence to ensure the best possible defence.

FRAUD AND WHITE COLLAR CRIME

Fraud is when one uses deceit to try and take something that it not rightfully theirs. These types of cases usually have voluminous disclosure and involve many hours of review of material due to their complexity. Ensuring a skillful eye examines the disclosure is key to a successful outcome in the defence of such type of offence.

APPEALS

We can offer you legal representation at all stages of the Appeal process from Summary Conviction appeals to appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal. When our clients choose to challenge their convictions, we will prepare the best arguments in anticipation of a successful appeal.

Communities we service:

Cochrane, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Temiskaming shores, Iroquois Falls, Gogama, Chapleau, Temagami First Nation, Mattagami First Nation, Wahgoshig First Nation, Constance Lake First Nation, Attawapiskat First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Moose Cree First Nation, Taykwa Tagamou First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation and Missanabie First Nation, Brunswick House First Nation, Matachewan First Nation, Beaverhouse First Nation, Flying Post First Nation, all within the Province of Ontario.