Intermittent Jail Sentences: Not Always Served In Actual Jail

Intermittent Jail Sentences: Not Always Served In Actual Jail

In Canada, shorter jail sentences are often structured to be served on weekends.  These are called “intermittent sentences”.  Courts usually order such sentences for employed offenders so that they will not lose their jobs.  This option is only possible for jail...
What Search Powers Do Police Have at the Canadian Border?

What Search Powers Do Police Have at the Canadian Border?

When you go to the airport, what would you say if customs agents wanted to open all the files on your laptop?  What would you say if you were randomly demanded access to your smartphone when driving up to the border?  The typical response is to just agree.  The recent...
The Problem with Some of the Present Laws in Canada

The Problem with Some of the Present Laws in Canada

Some Laws Are Very Broad The problem with our present situation in Canada (and particularly in Ontario) is that we have some laws which apply to everyone but which are very broad and thus are rarely enforced. The reason they are rarely enforced is that to do so would...
Why Using the National Emergency Act Would Be Wrong

Why Using the National Emergency Act Would Be Wrong

In Ottawa this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the National Emergencies Act in response to protests against COVID mandates. This was not the correct course of action. Here’s why. As stated in the preamble to the act, a “national emergency” would be needed...
How Can I Clear Up an Old Warrant?

How Can I Clear Up an Old Warrant?

Every now and then, someone will call our office wanting to know how to address an outstanding arrest warrant.  People are seldom confused as to why courts have ordered their arrests, but they are often in the dark about what to do about it.  This article is meant to...
Can I reduce my impaired Driving Charge to Careless Driving?

Can I reduce my impaired Driving Charge to Careless Driving?

Everything you need to know if you got a DUI impaired charge and want to plead it down to careless driving or reckless driving. I hear this all the time: “I want to reduce my drinking and driving charge to careless driving”; or “reckless driving” – which is not...