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Criminal defence law is a broad and highly complex field, but a good criminal defence law firm will be well-versed in defending clients against a wide range of criminal offences. At Hobson & Reeve, Barristers, an experienced team of criminal defence lawyers is ready to handle the most challenging cases in Ontario. David Hobson and Dennis Reeve have over 60 years of combined experience in the legal profession, and have extensive experience in all types of criminal law matters. Some of the practice areas handled by Hobson & Reeve include:


Assault

Assault is one of the most common types of violent crime in Canada. Assault charges may be classified as either simple assault or aggravated assault. Simple assault can encompass a variety of situations, including the threat of a pending physical attack, or a negligent or reckless use of a weapon that causes physical injury to another person. Aggravated assault charges often arise out of assaults that occur in conjunction with an attempt to cause serious injury, or in the commission of another crime. In many cases, a deadly weapon may be involved. There are circumstances where a defendant may be convicted of assault even if the victim was not physically injured. If you are facing assault charges, Hobson & Reeve can provide sound advice and representation to help you put this experience behind you.


Bail Hearings

When a person charged with a crime is arrested and taken into custody, a Crown prosecutor can oppose the person’s release and request a bail hearing. A bail hearing is a courtroom proceeding where a judge decides whether to release an accused person from custody while he or she awaits trial. Bail hearings generally must take place within 24 hours of an arrest. The accused has the right to be represented by counsel at these hearings. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible following your arrest; your lawyer can speak for you at the hearing and advise you about your rights and obligations related to bail.


Domestic Assault

Cases involving domestic assault or domestic violence are treated very seriously by Ontario authorities. Accusations of domestic abuse can result in removal of a defendant from the home and strict limitations on a defendant’s behavior while the charges are pending; a conviction can mean a permanent criminal record, fines, or even jail time. If you have been accused of domestic assault, you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer who understands this complex area of law. Hobson & Reeve, Barristers can protect your rights and provide you with a solid defense against these charges.


Fraud

Fraud is a general term for criminal activity that involves the unlawful obtaining of money or other valuable property or services through fraudulent or otherwise dishonest methods. In Ontario, fraud cases may be pursued as either summary conviction offenses or as indictable offenses, depending on the value of the property at issue. Those convicted of a fraud involving more than $5,000 may face a penalty of up to ten years in prison. Hobson & Reeve has extensive experience defending clients against fraud and related charges; call today to find out how they can help you.


Impaired Driving

Impaired driving charges can arise out of the operation of any moving vehicle (a car, a truck, boat, snowmobile, aircraft, or anything else that moves under power) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Anyone impaired by alcohol may be convicted on an impaired driving charge, whether or not their blood alcohol level was beyond the legal limit; breath tests are often important evidence in these cases, but a conviction can also be based on other types of police evidence, such as testimony about the person’s driving, appearance, or behavior. Hobson & Reeve has helped many clients fight impaired driving charges, and they are prepared to protect your rights and your record.


White Collar Crime

This is a general term that can encompass many types of criminal offences and fraudulent activities, such as Ponzi schemes, insider trading, accounting frauds, mass marketing fraud, real estate fraud, and other deceptive business practices that deprive another person of their property. White collar crime can have a devastating effect on its victims, and for this reason, such crimes are prosecuted aggressively by authorities. These cases can involve highly complex evidentiary and legal issues, and you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer on your side at every stage of the process. The professionals at Hobson & Reeve have the expertise to tackle the most challenging cases; call today for a free consultation.


Understanding Criminal Records

One of the most difficult areas of criminal law to understand is what a criminal record is. This is because a criminal record is a general term that means a number of different things. This article will attempt to explain what a criminal record is and what it will mean to you.


Should I Give a Statement to the Police?

When I get a call from a person under arrest at a police station I ALWAYS advise them NOT to give a statement to the police. I often later find that my advice was not taken and that person gave a statement to the police that was audio/video recorded. Sometimes the reason given is that the person thought they would look guilty if they refused to give a statement, often because the person was not guilty and wanted to convince the police of their innocence or sometimes because the person thought they could out-smart the police. Whatever the reason, it makes it much more difficult to successfully defend the person and the statement is almost always used against them at trial and in the negotiation phase leading up to the trial. What you must understand is that you are PRESUMED TO BE GUILTY. In the opinion of the police officer, you ARE GUILTY. He/she is simply working to get you to confess.


Early Ignition Interlock Program

If you are charged and convicted of a drinking and driving offence for the first time you will be subject to a minimum $1,000 fine plus a $300 victim surcharge and you will be prohibited from driving anywhere in Canada for a period of 12 months. Under the Province’s ignition interlock program however, if you meet the required criteria, you may be back on the road after 3 months. Read how by clicking on the title on the left.


The legal team of Hobson & Reeve, Barristers has over 60 years of collective criminal law experience. Our lawyers have worked hard to establish themselves as formidable litigators in court as well as efficient negotiators on matters such as plea bargains. Both David Hobson and Dennis Reeve have served as Crown prosecutors; this experience gives them invaluable insight into each case’s unique strengths and weaknesses and helps them choose the best strategies for protecting their clients. They are dedicated to impeccable preparation, fierce yet professional advocacy, and providing the best possible defence for each client. Hobson & Reeve look forward to bringing their decades of legal experience to your case, protecting your rights, and providing the advice and representation you need.

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