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How to Prevent Forfeiting Your Guns at Firearms Hearings

How to Prevent Forfeiting Your Guns at Firearms Hearings If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Canada, you may need to defend your right to retain your firearms at a firearms hearing or face forfeiting them to the government. This may even apply if you have been charged with a non-firearms offence where the bail conditions stipulate that you must hand over your firearms to the police until your case is resolved. Even if your particular case is dismissed or you are acquitted at trial, you may not simply be able to go and collect your firearms, [...]

By |October 23rd, 2020|

Drug Charge Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Ontario

Drug Charge Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in Ontario You are probably already aware that charges for drug possession, production, and trafficking in Ontario carry serious consequences. But did you know that some drug charges carry mandatory minimum sentences?  This means that, regardless of the circumstances, if you are convicted of the offence, the judge will be compelled to impose a jail sentence. Since the passing of the Safe Streets & Communities Act in 2012, mandatory minimum penalties have applied to the following serious drug offences in Canada: Drug production Drug trafficking Drug possession for the purpose of trafficking Drug possession [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|

Launch of New Website

Friedman Mansour LLP is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website. The website features a brand new look, more information on our services and a fully responsive layout for all platforms. We hope you like the changes, if you have any questions or feedback, please let us know by e-mailing us.

By |June 1st, 2020|

“Reid” it and weep-coercive interrogations the norm in Canada

This article, written by Solomon Friedman, originally appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on February 1, 2014. On Dec. 14, 1955, Nancy Parker was brutally murdered in her home in Lincoln, Neb. Her hands and feet were bound. Her face was badly bruised. There was a single cord tied around her slender neck. Later, a forensic examination would reveal that Nancy Parker had been beaten, sexually assaulted then strangled. Nancy’s husband, Darrell, had come home on his lunch break from his job as city forester, he told police, when he came upon the gruesome scene in the master bedroom. Suspicion quickly [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|

Appeal Process Recognizes That Even Judges Make Mistakes

This article, written by Solomon Friedman, originally appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on March 1, 2013. Nobody likes to lose. This is particularly true in the criminal justice system, where the stakes are so high. A person accused of a crime faces enormous jeopardy – the possibility of a criminal record, steep fines, and of course, incarceration. Our legal system depends on many important checks, balances and legal rights to ensure fairness and equity for all. At the same time, we know that no one is perfect. Judges and juries err. And these mistakes must be corrected. Under Canadian law, [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|

In Ontario, Different Courts Play Different Roles

This article, written by Solomon Friedman, originally appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on February 8, 2013. The courtroom is the natural home of the criminal lawyer. It can often be confusing, however, for justice system participants — be they accused persons, complainants or witnesses — to understand the distinct roles played by the different courts in our criminal system. Often, clients will have heard about the “superior court”; they are less familiar with the provincial court or the Court of Appeal. In Canada, criminal offences are generally divided into two categories: summary conviction offences and indictable offences. Summary conviction matters [...]

By |May 25th, 2020|

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