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Criminal Defence

Domestic Assault

A domestic assault is an assault charge, where the complainant in the matter is a family member or intimate partner.  This is a charge that could negatively affect not only your criminal record, but your relationship to your family or your partner.  Tonya knows all the options available with these charges including how to negotiate with the Crown attorney, how to navigate the court system, and how to litigate the charges if the matter gets to that point.

Youth Charges

Whether you are a youth charged with offences or looking for a lawyer for a youth in your life, these charges can be very stressful for a young person while dealing with other challenging issues or trying to concentrate on school.  Youth charges are handled under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) with different rules and procedures.  Tonya understands the sensitivity of youth matters and will walk you and your family through the court process.


A fraud charge under the Criminal Code could have a range of possible consequences depending on the product or amount of money that is alleged to have been defrauded.  Serious consequences from these charges could arise that not only affect one’s criminal record, but also employment or education opportunities.  Tonya has experience with complex fraud cases and will ensure to obtain the best possible result for your specific matter.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is a charge with serious potential consequences on your criminal record and future employment prospects.  Another consequence of sexual assault charges is the possibility of being placed on the Sexual Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) list.  Accusations could come from current or previous partners, strangers, or even other family members.  Depending on the complainant, the specific allegations, and the matters surrounding the case, there are a number of ways to deal with the matter.  Tonya has extensive experience in handling all kinds of sensitive cases with the utmost discretion and respect.


Being held in custody after being charged with criminal offences can be scary, frustrating, and stressful.  Receiving a call from police or the court that your loved one is in custody is scary.  Tonya has experience with complex and difficult bail hearings for numerous types of charges.  She knows how to properly prepare for every aspect of the bail hearing.  At times, a person needs a surety who will take on the responsibility of supervision and enforcement of bail conditions.  Tonya knows how to prepare sureties for what could be a grueling process of being questioned by the Court and the Crown.  Bail is the most important stage of your encounter with the criminal system and ensuring that you have counsel that knows how to handle a bail hearing is important.  Tonya also assists clients in negotiating a surrender with police if you receive information that there is a warrant out for your arrest.

Drug Offences

Drug charges range from possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana to possession for the purpose of trafficking of more serious drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or fentanyl.  If convicted of any drug charges in Canada, your employment or ability to travel outside of Canada could be seriously impeded.  Tonya has significant experience advocating for clients from simple possession of drugs to the possession and trafficking of large amounts of serious drugs.  Your rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are of course important in every case, but especially important in drug cases and Tonya knows how to handle these types of applications.

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving charges could have serious implications on not only a person’s criminal record, but also their driving record and insurance rates, making it unaffordable to drive for the average person.  Tonya can assist you with driving related offences under both the Criminal Code and the Highway Traffic Act.

Firearms and Other Weapons Charges

Firearms and other weapons charges of course involve illegal possession of weapons, but Tonya also assists individuals that are legal owners of firearms who run into administrative issues with the ownership or storage of their firearms.  Many times, illegal possession of weapons charges stem from search warrants or roadside stops.  There are a number of rules that police must adhere to ensure a person’s Charter rights are respected.  This is where having experienced counsel is beneficial and necessary.  Tonya has an in-depth understanding of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, particularly section 8, and she will apply that knowledge to your case to obtain the best possible result.

Impaired/Refuse Breath Sample

Impaired driving charges can have a significant impact on your driver’s license, insurance rates, and in some circumstances, your immigration status in Canada.  Impaired charges are not only in reference to alcohol, but also in regard to other illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc.  There are a number of ways to handle these charges and you need a lawyer who understands the nuances of impaired driving laws.  Tonya will guide you through the charges and obtain the best possible result in your particular circumstances.


Charges of theft range from small items to large ticket items or large amounts of money.  Convictions or entries on your record for theft can have serious collateral consequences such as ability to travel.  Tonya can assist you or a loved one navigate these charges and try to obtain a result that does not result in a criminal record.


Toronto Criminal Defence Law Firm

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If you need help with any of the criminal defence services described above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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