Criminal Law

Costs of conviction is dire so it is in your best interest to retain a lawyer who can either mitigate the consequences or shed new light on the evidence in order to get the charges dropped. Contact Wasey Law without delay!


Bail Hearing and Reviews

It’s very important to have an experienced defense lawyer assist you at the bail hearing court. We will advocate for your release, and ensure that you fully understand the bail hearing process. After you have been arrested the police may decide to release you from custody, but they often impose bail conditions on your release. If the police do not release you, or you do not agree to their conditions of release, then you must appear at a bail hearing before a bail court.


Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a serious crime in Canada. The mere stigma of being accused of a sex crime can irreparably damage a person’s reputation. It includes sexual assault, sexual exploitation, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interference etc.


Domestic Assault

A domestic assault is as an assault that takes place between two people who are either currently or formerly dating or in a common law or married relationship. In most domestic assault cases, the police and prosecutors will apply a rigorous zero tolerance policy, regardless of whether or not the complainant wishes to see the charges prosecuted in court. It is imperative that you hire a lawyer for independent legal advice.


Theft

Theft involves taking something that doesn’t belong to you without the permission of the owner. Shoplifting is both a minor and common crime in Canada but it could have serious consequences for the accused’s future employment prospects and travel plans. There are other more serious types of theft as well, such as stealing from an employer. These are taken even more seriously because there has been a breach of trust that is committed by the employee. A theft conviction may also create difficulties for non-residents intending on becoming Canadian citizens.


Fraud

Fraud can generally be described as the wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. There are many different types of fraud such as falsifying invoices, failing to deliver a product or service, or identity theft and internet fraud to name a few.


Robbery

Robbery is taking or attempting to take something of value from another by violence or the threat of violence. Robbery can be committed against individuals, businesses, and institutions like banks.


Homicide

In Canada there is no charge more serious than an allegation of murder or manslaughter. Homicide offences, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter can attract lengthy jail sentences including the potential for life in prison. Clients facing such charges need a lawyer who is firmly on their side and will work tirelessly to defend them.


Weapon Offences

Weapon offences can include possession of a weapon, carry concealed weapon or possession of guns. It is an offence in Canada to possess a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public’s peace or for the purpose of committing a criminal offence.


Highway Traffic Act Offenses

Offences under the Highway Traffic Act are the most commonly tried in Provincial Offences court. Some of the most common charges being

  • s. 128 - Speeding
  • s. 144 - Red light - proceed before green
  • s. 7 - Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit
  • s. 136 - Disobey stop sign - fail to stop
  • s. 78.1 - Drive - hand-held communication device
Conviction could lead to stiff fines, loss of license, higher insurance etc.


Impaired Driving (DUI Offences)

Being charged with “drinking and driving” or DUI (driving under the influence) such as impaired driving, driving over 80 (more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood) or refusing a breath sample is a criminal matter in Canada governed by the Criminal Code. Given the numerous consequences of a drinking and driving conviction, it is important to consult with a lawyer in order to identify possible defenses to the allegations.


Youth Criminal Justice Act

The Youth Criminal Justice Act is the law that governs Canada’s youth justice system. It applies to youth who are at least 12 but under 18 years old, who are alleged to have committed criminal offences. The purpose of the legislation is to prevent crime by addressing the circumstances underlying a young person’s offending behavior, to rehabilitate young persons who commit offences and reintegrate them into society and to ensure that a young person is subject to meaningful consequences for his or her offence. It is in the best interest of the child to have a lawyer advise them before they make any statements to the police.