What Constitutes Sexual Assault?

Posted by Daniel K. Topp on 13 April 2019
What Constitutes Sexual Assault?
With the emergence of the #MeToo movement centered around awareness and action against sexual assault, a lot of people are confused about how they can and cannot interact with one another and what actions they can and cannot be charged for. To clarify, sexual assault is any type of sexual activity without consent. Here's what else you need to know.
What Activities are Sexual Activities? Any sexual contact is considered to be a sexual activity, including fondling...
 

The Power of a Guilty Plea

Posted on 2 April 2019
The Power of a Guilty Plea
Remember when you were a kid, and your mom asked who ate the last slice of cake and you tried to blame your baby sister? Remember when she gave you that last chance to spill the beans, and you came clean about your wrong-doing, avoiding the loss of video game privileges as a result? The criminal justice system can work the same way. If you're guilty of the crime you're accused of, and admit so at the beginning of the trial, then the judge may be more lenient in their sentencing...
 

Are you eligible for a marijuana possession pardon?

Posted by Daniel K. Topp on 21 February 2019
Are you eligible for a marijuana possession pardon?
If you received a marijuana possession charge before October 17, 2018, you faced 6 months in jail for up to 30 grams of product prior to other related offences including trafficking, intent to traffic or production. In 2016, approximately 55,000 Canadians were charged with possession of cannabis. So, what happens to them now that the substance has been decriminalized and legalized? The government is pledging to waive both the standard waiting period and fee for a pardon with no cle...
 

Penalties of Driving While High

Posted by Daniel K. Topp on 23 January 2019
Penalties of Driving While High
  RIDE stops this year will be extra diligent due to the recent legalization of marijuana in Canada. Driving while high in Ontario and across Canada is a very serious offence, and a conviction could change your life forever. That's why you need be aware of the laws around driving while high in your region, to ensure that you aren't the first Canadian to spend Christmas in the joint for smoking a joint behind the wheel.
Drug Impaired Driving in Canada: Rules and ...
 

Driving High: Marijuana Legalization and Vehicle Operation

Posted by Daniel K. Topp on 19 December 2018
Driving High: Marijuana Legalization and Vehicle Operation
Elements of Canada's Cannabis Act have been under continuous scrutiny since the drug's legalization in October. While there are still a few kinks to be worked out in regards to the distribution, accessibility, and purchase, there are things set in stone regarding road safety and driving. Here's what you need to know about marijuana and driving laws in Ontario:
Can I drive under the influence of cannabis? Driving high is against the law in Ontario. You may face li...
 
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