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R. vs. J.M. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for our client to receive a conviction on this charge.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the Court to grant our client a conditional discharge. No conviction.

Sweeping Criminal Code Amendments now in Force

The massive criminal law Bill C-75 came into force on September 19, 2019 and is now the law of the land. The bill has resulted in some sweeping changes and far reaching consequences for the Canadian justice system. Generally speaking, the intent of the new legislation is to help streamline the court process by creating various efficiencies. It remains to be seen whether all of these changes only benefit police and Crown counsel. We feel that there may be no benefit whatsoever to accused persons.

No “Schneider loophole” in Canadian Sex Assault law

We recently saw this news item regarding what certainly seems like a sexual assault case that occurred in Alaska: Link to the Source Article. Make no mistake, the alleged sexual act in this case would clearly be a chargeable offence in Canada.

The SNC-Lavalin Affair: What it highlights for the Canadian justice system

In recent weeks the news headlines have been occupied by the story of Canada’s former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and the alleged interference by the Prime Minister’s office in the criminal prosecution of Montreal-based engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin. Ms. Wilson-Raybould has alleged that the PMO put inappropriate political pressure on her […]

December 18, 2018 – New Police Powers for Breath Testing to Start

In our last blog we wrote about some upcoming changes to the criminal law in Canada relating to impaired driving as well as a recent Supreme Court of Canada case relating to impaired driving. For a more in-depth look, please click here. In overview, a part of Bill C-46 comes into force on December 18, […]

New Impaired Driving Laws – Increased police powers; Decreased right to disclosure.

The federal government passed Bill C-46 and it has been coming into force over the last while. It is a companion piece of legislation to the Cannabis Act that made recreational Cannabis use legal in Canada. Bill C-46 deals with Cannabis drug impaired driving and related issues. But what is also in the Bill and […]

Defending Sex Assault Cases in 2108: A Very Difficult Task

To say that defending sexual assault cases in the current social and political climate is tricky would be an understatement. In Canada, the current movement of support for sexual assault and abuse victims and complainants really started with the Jian Ghomeshi trial and has continued through to now with the Me Too movement. The groundswell […]

Marijuana – Actually not a “grey” area of Canadian criminal law.

Ever since the federal Liberal government announced that it would table legislation legalizing the sale and use of cannabis marijuana for recreational purposes we’ve taken many calls and met with many people who talk about the legal “grey area” that they believe exists. To be clear, there is no grey area. Marijuana is illegal in […]

The Problems with Vigilantism: No Rules. No Accountability. No Oversight.

Recently, there have been numerous community-based groups of volunteers who have decided to take law enforcement into their own hands. There are several different iterations, but most of them include the word “creep” in their title. Generally, what these groups who they say, want to meet with underage girls for sexual activity. Then they set […]

A Practical Guide to the Aftermath of an Arrest

When the police believe that there are reasonable and probable grounds  that a person has committed a crime, they will usually make an arrest. After an arrest, the police have the discretion to take one of two courses of action:  1. They may decide to release the accused person without a bail hearing. In this situation an […]

Ryan Johnson weighs in on Court Delays

Court delays drop significantly but province still dealing with judge shortages Vancouver, BC, Canada / News Talk 980 CKNW | Vancouver’s News. Vancouver’s Talk Emily Lazatin Posted: October 20, 2016 10:47am Minister Justice Suzanne Anton announced yesterday the number of cases dismissed because of backlog have gone from 120 in 2012 to 13 this year […]

Defending Possession of Cocaine charges

As we move toward whatever model of marijuana legalization that the Trudeau government has promised to implement in the spring of 2017, we see a proliferation of medical cannabis retailers in BC, especially throughout Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland. It’s obvious to most people, whether out for a walk near a park, […]