Criminal law

Highlights

  • Canada has a tangle of confusing and inconsistently-enforced nudity laws. Strictly speaking, s. 174 of Canada’s Criminal Code forbids nudity in public places or on private property that is exposed to ...read more »
  • Sometimes, you just have to cover your bases. Maybe you’re dealing with a difficult insurance claim or legal problem and you want records of all your interactions. Keeping notes is a must, but ...read more »
  • You’re driving down the road when you hear the unpleasant sound of a siren. You see the flash of red lights in your rear-view mirror. A police car is behind you and you’re being pulled over. It’s ...read more »

Most Recent

  • Canadian law allows ordinary citizens to arrest someone caught committing a crime, but there are certain limitations and questions you should weigh before taking action.read more »
  • Good Samaritan laws provide legal protection for volunteer rescuers in emergency situations. They’re meant as a way to encourage others — including those who aren’t health-care professionals — to act ...read more »
  • Sleepwalkers can perform surprisingly complex tasks while unconscious, including cooking and driving. It has sometimes, however, also included violent crime that leads to a rare and ...read more »
  • In a murder investigation, one of the most important pieces of evidence is the victim’s body itself. Without it, a prosecutor can’t even prove a supposed victim is dead or prove exactly how they ...read more »
  • If you’re applying for certain jobs, hoping to adopt, changing your name or applying for Canadian citizenship, you will need to have a police background check.read more »
  • Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour by one person to gain control over their romantic partner or ex-partner. Both men and women also suffer domestic violence. It can also occur in same-sex ...read more »
  • Drinking opens the door to a wide range of legal liability issues. Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada, and many other alcohol-related incidents can lead to a lawsuit.read more »
  • Legal aid is a federally- and provincially-funded program that ensures “economically disadvantaged” Canadians have access to a lawyer or other legal resources should they be accused of serious ...read more »
  • You’re driving down the road when you hear the unpleasant sound of a siren. You see the flash of red lights in your rear-view mirror. A police car is behind you and you’re being pulled over. It’s ...read more »
  • The short answer is: absolutely. If you’ve been assaulted, you can press criminal charges and sue your antagonist for any injuries you’ve suffered.read more »