Serving Kitchener-Waterloo and the Surrounding Areas

I practice exclusively in the area of criminal law. In most cases that means charges under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.  I can assist with bails, trials, sentencing, and appeals.

I also defend those charged with quasi-criminal or regulatory offences. Convictions for regulatory offences often have adverse consequences such as fines, license suspensions, permanent loss of license, and sometimes even jail.

Based in Kitchener, I can assist those charged with criminal offences in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford, Hamilton, Stratford, Woodstock, and the surrounding areas. Please inquire if you have charges in a location not listed above.

Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a very complicated area of law. The police have specific time limits in order to get a breath sample that can be used at trial. There are also numerous Charter rights that come into play during an impaired driving investigation and violations of the Charter may result in a not guilty verdict.

Drug Offences

Drug offences are found in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Offences include possession, trafficking, production, importation. The police often use surveillance, wiretaps, and search warrants in their investigation. These investigations often violate the Charter and can be used to exclude the drugs found at trial.


Assault is the intentional use of force against another person without their consent. There are varying levels of assault depending on whether a weapon was used, there was bodily harm, or it was an aggravated assault. Common defences to assault include consent, self defence, and defence of property.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is an assault of a sexual nature that violates the sexual integrity of the complainant. There are some specific rules in sexual assault cases such as the use of intoxication as a defence, the ability to consent, and the use of past sexual activity. Consent and mistaken belief in consent are common defences.

Regulatory Offences

Regulatory offences are quasi-criminal offences that seek to deter those from bad behaviour such as careless driving, driving while suspended, unlawfully hunting and fishing, and health and safety violations. Regulatory offences often come with large fines and potential loss of licence (driver’s, hunting, liquor, etc.).

Young Offenders

Criminal offences committed by those under 18 are governed by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Most importantly the YCJA recognizes the diminished moral blameworthiness of young offenders. It seeks to promote rehabilitation of offenders while at the same time holding them accountable for their actions in a proportionate way.

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