Today the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R. v. McKenzie, 2017 ONCA 128, ruling that immigration consequences do not warrant a significant departure from the appropriate range of sentences.

In a criminal trial, normally only a duly qualified “expert” is permitted to provide opinion evidence to the court. However, lay people, or non-experts are able to provide an opinion on matters that are part of everyday behavioural observation and don’t require special expertise.

Observations are limited to what the witness saw, heard, smelled, tasted or touched. An “expert”, however, may provide an opinion as to what a set of observations may mean. They are allowed to interpret the observations and provide the court with an analysis and professional opinion.

How you testify is equally as important as what you say. Being a jerk can mean losing your case merely due to inappropriate behaviour.

The decision to testify or not at trial can be a daunting but crucial decision to the outcome of your trial.

Pleading guilty to a criminal offence can have enormous and severe consequences. Consult a lawyer before you contemplate pleading guilty.

Defending a Charge of Drinking and Driving Most people are familiar with the commonly used phrase of driving under the influence or DUI. The offence is also often referred to as driving while impaired or DWI.  Drinking and driving law is referenced in sections 253-259 of the Criminal Code which contain the procedures and offences…

Joint Submissions on sentence are the hallmark of an effective criminal justice system.

New rating system for Comprehensive Ranking under Express Entry. LMIA job offers reduced by 550 points in favour of allocating more points to applicants with Canadian experience and education.

Sponsoring your spouse to Canada the easy way.

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