Gang crimes are a central focus of police activity. In Ontario, the Crown has designated special teams of prosecutors for these offences. In order to protect yourself and your legal and personal interests, you need the services of a criminal defense lawyer with experience and legal skill, so that you have the same resources as do those working against you.
We are a dedicated team of Mississauga criminal defense lawyers with decades of experience successfully defending clients accused of serious and complex offences. We provide the best defense possible to each of our clients.
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As courtroom lawyers with extensive experience with criminal trials, the guns and gangs lawyers in Mississauga offer:
- Knowledge of the Charter and its use in a successful defense argument
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Criminal charges related to gang activity may include conspiracy, weapons offences and drug charges. Each one of these offences carries hefty penalties and requires a vigorous defense. Our criminal defense counsel can give you the informed defense you need.
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Our firm is dedicated to seeking the best result possible in your case. We regularly take on complex and high-stakes cases and give the high-quality legal advice and counsel our clients need.
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Parliament has changed the law of bail so in addition to the standards grounds to deny bail, the bail scheme will be further toughened by requiring the court to specifically consider: (a) the fact that a firearm was allegedly used in the commission of the offence or (b) the fact that the accused faces a minimum penalty of three-years or more imprisonment when they are deciding whether the accused should be released or detained until the trial.
Mandatory Minimum Jail Sentences for Offenses Involving a Firearm:
There are already mandatory minimum jail sentences for many offenses in the Criminal Code. Parliament has changed the law so that the use of a firearm in committing a serious offence will be subject to a significant sentence. If, for example, an offence is gang-related, or if a restricted or prohibited firearm such as a handgun is used, the minimum penalty will be:
- 5 years on a first offence
- 7 years if the accused has one prior conviction involving the use of a firearm to commit an offence
- 10 years if the accused has more than one prior conviction for using a firearm to commit an offence
Other firearm-related offences, such as firearms trafficking and smuggling, or the new offence of robbery where a firearm is stolen, will also be subject to higher escalating minimum penalties:
- 3 years on a first offence
- 5 years if the accused has a serious prior firearm-related conviction
Where there is a minimum jail sentence, there is no chance for a conditional sentence (house arrest).