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Edelson Law Barristers Named One of the Top Criminal Law Boutiques in Canada

Edelson Law Barristers Named One of the Top Criminal Law Boutiques in Canada

Canadian Lawyer Magazine has named Edelson Law Barristers one of the top criminal law firms in the country (2022).  In October 2021, the Canadian Lawyer team asked lawyers, in-house counsel, and clients from across the country to select the criminal law firms that represent the best in the profession. Survey respondents were asked to rank the top firms from a long list provided;…

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Price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic

Price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic

 For retailers, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure By Tony Paciocco, Lawyer at Edelson Law Barristers April 1, 2020 Premier Doug Ford is coming for you if you are found to be charging “unconscionable prices” for “necessary goods” during this state of emergency. He is determined to put an end to those “trying to profit off”…

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You’ve Been Subpoenaed… Now What?

You’ve Been Subpoenaed… Now What?

You confirmed your name to a stranger who then gave you a piece of paper with a somewhat familiar word written at the top of the page: subpoena. You’ve been served. What does this paper mean and what are you supposed to do? What is a subpoena? In the context of a criminal cases, a subpoena is a court order…

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The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Cannabis Act

The Ins and Outs of Canada’s Cannabis Act

A Brief History of the Law Relating to Marihuana in Canada Before the Cannabis Act In the 1920s, the Canadian government criminalized cannabis (Opium and Narcotic Drug Act, 1923).  In 1937, someone was arrested and charged with marihuana possession for the first time in Canadian history.  The message at the time was clear: marihuana was not just bad, it was…

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Understanding Police Powers – Entering a Home Without a Warrant After a 911 Call

Understanding Police Powers – Entering a Home Without a Warrant After a 911 Call

Consider these hypothetical scenarios:  Someone accidentally dials 911 and then immediately hangs up when the operator answers. A short time later, four police officers show up at the door and force their way inside. Police show up at a homeowner or renter’s door. The police tell the owner or renter that they are responding to an “unknown trouble call.” They…

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How Sexual Assault Law Operates in Canada

How Sexual Assault Law Operates in Canada

Just being accused of a sexual assault can be devastating.  But being convicted of a sexual assault is even worse: a conviction can lead to a loss of your livelihood, your reputation, to you being continuously monitored as a sex offender, and for many if not most sexual assaults, going to prison. Indeed, while not the case for sexual assaults,…

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Understanding the Implications of a Domestic Assault Charge

Understanding the Implications of a Domestic Assault Charge

Domestic assault charges can have serious and wide-ranging consequences.  Under the Criminal Code, there is no specific offence for “domestic assault.”  However, the fact that an assault happened in a domestic context is an aggravating factor on sentencing and domestic assaults are (often) treated differently by police and by prosecutors than regular assaults.  So what is a “domestic” assault? Domestic…

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