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Toronto criminal law lawyers practice criminal defence law including defending criminal charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and the Immigration Act as well as provincial offences. A criminal law defence counsel may also be a part-time Assistant Crown Attorney by letter of retainer or by order-in-council. A criminal law lawyer who is a DUI attorney may also be a qualified Intoxilyzer Breath Alcohol Technician. Many criminal law litigation lawyers, practice only criminal law. Some criminal law lawyers also practice immigration law.

Ontario criminal law lawyers are members of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Toronto criminal law lawyers may also be members of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association,  and the Canadian Bar Association. Toronto criminal  law lawyers help their criminal law clients throughout Canada and around the world.

A paralegal, x or former police copper, or ex-breathalyzer technician is not a criminal law lawyer.

You may be able to get some basic criminal law information over the telephone, from duty counsel, or at a quick appointment. However, a criminal law lawyer can't give you much information about the merits of your case and how much it will cost unless:

1. You meet face to face with the criminal law lawyer for at least a one hour paid consultation, and

2. You get a copy of the disclosure (police notes and witness statements) on your first court attendance. 

Each Toronto criminal law law lawyer may have an office in Toronto or an office outside of Toronto, perhaps in the Greater Toronto area. The Greater Toronto Area includes Mississauga criminal law lawyers, Oakville criminal law lawyers, Brampton criminal law lawyers, York Region criminal law lawyers (including Newmarket criminal law lawyers, and Durham Region criminal law lawyers (including Pickering criminal law lawyers, Ajax criminal law lawyers, and Oshawa criminal law lawyers).  

Each Toronto criminal law lawyer is a barrister, solicitor, and notary public. Toronto criminal law barristers are Toronto criminal law lawyers who appear in Toronto and other Greater Toronto Area courts. 

Please note that there is a big difference between a criminal law lawyer (barrister, solicitor, attorney) and a paralegal. Criminal law lawyers have trial skills that are the result of many years of education and experience.  

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DUI Laws and Related Legislation relevant to Toronto, Ontario

Substantive DUI/Excess Alcohol Offense Criminal Code of Canada 253 Impaired Driving/Over 80
Substantive DUI/Excess Alcohol Offense Highway Traffic Act 130 Careless Driving
Refusal Offense/Presumption Criminal Code of Canada 254 (5) Refusal Offence
Administrative Driver's License Suspension Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 48 3 Day Suspension Over 50 mg/100mL
Administrative Driver's License Suspension Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 48.1 Over 0 Novice Driver
Administrative Driver's License Suspension Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 48.3 Automatic 90 Day Suspension when Charged with Over 80 or Refusal
Administrative Driver's License Suspension Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 50.1 (1) to (7) Grounds for Appeal of ADLS
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 254 (2) Approved Screening Device or Physical Tests Demand
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 254 (3) Breath Demand
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 254(3) Blood Demand
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 254(3.1) Alcohol Drug Evaluation Demand and Screening Procedure
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 256(1) Blood Warrant
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 258 (1) (a) Care or Control Presumption
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 258 (1) (c) Presumption of BAC
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 258(1)(f.1) Instrument Test Record Card/Ticket
DUI Procedure/Evidence Criminal Code of Canada 258(1)(g) Certificate of Qualified Technician
DUI Procedure/Evidence Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 216 (1) Power to Stop by a Police Officer
DUI Procedure/Evidence Interpretation Act 25 Presumption of Accuracy
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Criminal Code of Canada 255 (1) Minimum Fine/Jail
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Criminal Code of Canada 255.1 Aggravating circumstances for sentencing over 160
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Criminal Code of Canada 259 (1) Driving Prohibition
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Criminal Code of Canada 737 Offenders’ Accountability for Victims
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act 41(4.1) Reduction in Suspension
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act 41.1 Re-instatement of Licence
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act 57 Conduct Review Programme with Interlock
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 41 Lookback Periods for Provincial Suspension
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 41 (1) Suspension of Licence for Impaired/Over 80
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 41.2 (1) to (13) Ignition Interlock Devices on Re-instatement After Suspension
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 57 Conduct Review Programs
Penalties/Suspension on Conviction, Prohibition Highway Traffic Act of Ontario, Regulations 287/08 Reduction in Post-conviction Suspension with Interlock
Drive While Suspended Offense Criminal Code of Canada 259 (4) and (5) Drive while Prohibited or Suspended Offence
Drive While Suspended Offense Highway Traffic Act 55.1(2) Impound Vehicle for Drive Suspended
Drive While Suspended Offense Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 55.1 (1) to (3) Impounding Vehicle Driven by Suspended Driver
Immigration/Exclusion of Visitors Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada 36 (1) to (3) Inadmissibility to Canada for Criminal Conviction
DUI Reciprocal Agreements Highway Traffic Act of Ontario 41 (1) Automatic Suspension on Conviction in Reciprocating US State
Constitutional Rights Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 10 (b) Right to Counsel
Constitutional Rights Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 11 (b) Right to Trial Within a Reasonable time
Constitutional Rights Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 11(f) Jury Trials
Constitutional Rights Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 7 Trial Fairness and Disclosure
Expungement/Pardons/RecordPurge Criminal Records Act 3, 4, 5 Application for a Pardon

 

Criminal Law Legislation and Rules Applicable to Toronto Lawyers

Toronto lawyers who practice criminal law (Toronto criminal law lawyers) use federal legislation enacted by the Parliament of Canada and provincial legislation enacted by the Legislature of Ontario, as well as the Rules of various Courts. Here are some examples of statutes and Rules used by Toronto criminal law lawyers.

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Superior Court of Justice Criminal Proceeding Rules

Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Rules

Ontario Court of Justice Forms

Court and Crown Attorney Phone Numbers

 

DUI Courthouses and Other Criminal Law Courthouses in the Greater Toronto Area used by Toronto Lawyers

Dufferin , Orangeville  
Dufferin County Courthouse

Frontenac , Kingston  
Kingston Courthouse

Halton , Burlington  
Burlington Courthouse

Halton , Milton  
Milton County Courthouse

Hamilton-Wentworth , Hamilton  
John Sopinka Courthouse

Hastings , Belleville  
Belleville Courthouse

Middlesex , London  
London Court House

Muskoka , Bracebridge  
Bracebridge Courthouse

Niagara , St. Catharines  
St. Catharines Courthouse

Peel , Brampton  
A Grenville & William Davis Courthouse

Perth , Stratford  
Stratford Courthouse

Simcoe , Barrie  
Barrie Courthouse

Toronto , Toronto  
Old City Hall

Toronto , Toronto  
College Park Court

Toronto , Toronto  
Scarborough Courthouse

Toronto , Toronto  
Downsview/North York/1000 Finch

Toronto , Toronto  
Metro West Etobicoke Courthouse 2201 Finch

Toronto , Toronto  
Toronto Superior Court, Criminal, Summary Conviction Appeals, Jury trials

Toronto , Toronto  
311 Jarvis Toronto Youth Court and Family Court

Toronto , Toronto  
Toronto Superior Court - Civil - Filing Documents

Waterloo , Cambridge  
Cambridge Courthouse

Waterloo , Kitchener  
Kitchener-Waterloo

Wellington , Guelph  
Guelph Provincial Courthouse

York , Newmarket  
Newmarket Courthouse

 

Toronto lawyers

Law Society of Upper Canada Finding a Lawyer Page

Criminal Law Sentencing Character Reference Letter

What to Wear to Impaired Driving Court

Being on Time for Impaired Driving Court

How to Take Photos for Use in Criminal Court in Canada

Effects of Mouth Alcohol

Breath Instruments Used in Impaired Driving Cases

Should I Just Plead Guilty to Impaired Driving?

Can I Fight an Impaired Driving Charge?

Case Briefs: Impaired Driving, Charter of Rights, Defences

DUI DWI OUI OWI Impaired Driving Drunk Driving Laws Legislation

 

 

Additional information about criminal law lawyers can be found at the home page for the Criminal Lawyers Association.

 

 

Notes:

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Intoxilyzer®  is a registered trademark of CMI, Inc. The Intoxilyzer® 5000C is an "approved instrument" in Canada.
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Breathalyzer® is a registered trademark of Draeger Safety, Inc., Breathalyzer Division. The owner of the trademark is Robert F. Borkenstein and Draeger Safety, Inc. has leased the exclusive rights of use from him. The Breathalyzer® 900 and Breathalyzer® 900A are "approved instruments" in Canada.
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Alcotest® is a registered trademark of Draeger Safety, Inc. The Alcotest® 7410 GLC is an "approved screening device" in Canada.

 

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