JUDICIAL INTERIM RELEASE
Securing bail is often the first and most important priority in a criminal case. Yoav assists his clients with all manner of bail matters including negotiated release, bail hearings and variations, bail reviews, and bail pending appeal.
ASSAULT, UTTERING THREATS, AND HARASSMENT
Domestic violence offences are some of the most commonly prosecuted offences in the criminal justice system. Some of the related offences include: assault, unlawful confinement, uttering threats, and criminal harassment. The Alberta prosecutor’s guidelines dictate that a special approach is to be taken when prosecuting domestic violence cases, including bail. Each domestic violence case involves an integrated threat and risk assessment which occurs with coordination between the Crown, police, correctional services, and Child and Youth services.
DRINKING & DRIVING
Drinking and driving offences commonly include: impaired driving, driving “Over 80”, and refusing or failing to provide a breath or blood sample. The consequences for conviction of a drinking and driving offence can go well beyond a criminal record. Other penalties include fines, suspension or disqualification of a driver’s licence, vehicle seizure, mandated use of ignition interlock devices, incarceration, as well as increases in insurance rates.
POSSESSION, TRAFFICKING, AND PRODUCTION
Drug offences commonly include: simple possession (personal use), importation, production, and trafficking in controlled substances. Depending on the nature and quantity of the substance, a conviction for drug trafficking can range from a fine to incarceration (including mandatory minimum sentences and even life imprisonment).
Sexual offences commonly include: sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to touching, luring, and voyeurism. The mere allegation of a sexual offence can have lasting impacts on a person’s reputation, employment, and close personal relationships. A conviction for a sexual offence may include incarceration and continued monitoring and supervisions under the sex offender registry.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND COMPUTER CRIMES
Financial crimes commonly include: theft, fraud, tax evasion, bribery, money laundering, breach of trust, and forgery. Individuals charged with financial crimes often suffer damage to their professional reputation and employment. The penalties for a conviction include a criminal record, prohibitions on engaging in financial transactions and instruments, payment of restitution, and imprisonment.
FRAUD, THEFT, AND TAX EVASION
GUN & WEAPON CRIMES
Guns and Weapons offences commonly include: possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, careless storage or handling of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of restricted or prohibited firearm, and weapons trafficking. Depending on the nature of the charge and the circumstances, the penalties for a weapons conviction can range from a discharge to a fine to years of incarceration.
FIREARMS, CONCEALED WEAPONS, POSSESSION FOR A DANGEROUS PURPOSE
An appeal is a process by which a higher court reviews the decision of a lower court. There are two kinds of appeals that are conducted in the criminal context: 1) conviction and 2) sentencing
CONVICTION AND SENTENCING