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Experienced counsel defends you against organized crime charges

The phrase “organized crime” often conjures up images of Al Capone, Tony Soprano, and the “mafia.” However, in Canada especially, “organized crime” encompasses a wide range of illegal activities. Law enforcement views organized crime as a blight on the country that needs to be eradicated. To accomplish this, the police impose severe charges on anyone accused of participating in organized crime. These cases attract a significant amount of media attention that inevitably results in reputation damage and the inability to participate in the banking system.

My name is Yoav Niv, and I am experienced in defending Canadians accused of organized crime. No matter if you are arrested for fraud, money laundering, drugs, firearms trafficking, or any other organized crime-related offence, I can help you build a solid defence that protects your rights and freedom.

What are organized crime offences in Alberta Law?

Section 467.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada explains that organized crime:

  1. is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and,
  2. has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any one of the persons who constitute the group.

A serious offence is any crime punishable by five years or more.

Examples of organized crime offences include:

  • Drugs — Illegal drugs are the lifeblood of organized crime in Canada. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 80% of crime groups identified in Canada are involved in the illicit drug market, particularly as street-level traffickers. Cocaine and heroin are some of the most common drugs trafficked. If you are arrested for a drug crime, you could face additional charges based on your affiliation and/or participation in organized crime.
  • Money laundering — Money laundering is the crime of taking “dirty funds” acquired through illegal trade and “cleaning” them by converting them into untraceable assets. In many cases, the “dirty money” is obtained through criminal activities such as extortion, drug trafficking, human smuggling, and trafficking.
  • Economic crime — There is a wide range of offences that fall under economic crime, including insurance fraud, stock market fraud, identity theft, telemarketing fraud, securities fraud, counterfeiting, and credit card fraud. Like the drug trade, economic crimes help fuel criminal organizations. These offences can occur both domestically and internationally.
  • Human trafficking — Perhaps considered the most heinous organized crime, human trafficking is the transport, harbouring or recruitment of persons for the intent of exploitation — generally through forced labour or some form of sexual abuse. This crime may occur across borders or in-country.
  • Motor vehicle theft — If you are involved in a prolonged and highly organized theft of many motor vehicles with three or more individuals, you could face organized crime charges.
  • Street gangs — According to Canada Public Safety, there are “over 300 street gangs identified in Canada, with an estimated 11,000 gang members and associates operating across the country”.

If the police charge you with organized crime, you face life-changing penalties. A skilled defence lawyer may be able to have the charges dismissed or reduced.

Why contact an organized crime offences lawyer?

The Canadian criminal justice system has little tolerance for organized crime. As a result, you face an uphill battle without the help of a defence lawyer. Here are a few reasons you need to consult with an experienced criminal law counsel for an organized crime charge:

  • Protect your rights — The first job of your defence lawyer is to ensure your rights are protected during the arrest and for the remainder of the criminal proceeding against you. If the police violated your rights, your defence lawyer might be able to have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.
  • Help you understand the process —Your lawyer can explain the charges against you, the penalties you face, and the steps ahead.
  • Appear with you in court — Appearing in court can be a nerve-wracking experience. Your Calgary defence lawyer can stand by your side, ensure you understand the proceeding, and answer any questions you might have.
  • Tailor a strong defence — The most important reason you need a lawyer is to craft a defence strategy. Your lawyer can gather evidence, talk to witnesses, call on experts, and investigate the scene to help you build a formidable defence.

The Government does not want organized crime in its territories. Thus, it imposes strict penalties on anyone arrested for carrying out organized crime offences. No matter if you are accused of conspiracy, money laundering, or drugs, you need guidance from an experienced defence lawyer.

Contact a knowledgeable criminal defence lawyer in Calgary today

My name is Yoav Niv. As an experienced criminal defence lawyer in Alberta, I have represented many clients accused of organized crime offences. Whether you are arrested for extortion, fraud, murder, drugs, human trafficking, or any other organized criminal offence, I can fight aggressively to defend your rights and future. For more information or to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with me, call 587-968-6721 or contact me online. Office located in Calgary for your convenience.

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