Posts Tagged 'criminal defence strategy'

How circumstantial evidence is treated by the courts

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Circumstantial evidence is used regularly in the prosecution of criminal cases.  How it is viewed by the courts has changed over time.  How is it to be treated in the context of a criminal prosecution now?  Read the article here.

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The impact of social media on the criminal justice system

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I read an interesting article today about a man who was on trial for allegedly having committed a serious assault.  In his opinion, the trial was going in his favour.  Unfortunately, he decided to get on facebook and announce that he felt he was going to ‘get away with it’.  This post came to the attention of the prosecutor in the case, who was prepared to tender it into evidence.  The accused fellow then ...

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How important is motive?

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Proving motive in a criminal trial is not a requirement.  However, the concept of motive can be so powerful that to be able to prove it by either the Crown or the criminal defence can mean the difference between victory and defeat.  Read the article here.

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The Impact Of Technology On The Defence Of A Criminal Case

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The modern era of technology has impacted our lives in many ways.  To some extent, our effective intelligence has increased significantly as we rely more and more on the Internet to provide us with instant answers and insights into the infinite scenarios we face on a daily basis.  Image walking into the liquor store, looking for the perfect bottle of wine to complement your barbeque steak dinner that evening.  Don’t know anything about wine?  Just ‘google’ it and you’ve got ...

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9 Things You Should Know Before You Plead Guilty To A Criminal Offence

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Deciding to plead guilty to a criminal charge is always a tough decision to make.  The consequences are serious enough that it should be a carefully considered decision made in consultation with an experienced criminal defence lawyer.  There are several things you must understand before pleading guilty:

  1. You must be prepared to admit that you are guilty of the offence you are pleading guilty to.  This may sound obvious but there are many people who will stand up in court ...

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Using the scene of the crime as part of a criminal defence strategy

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The scene of the crime:  Defending a criminal charge

The “scene of the crime” – what is the significance of this concept to a criminal defence lawyer?  Whether it is a charge of drinking and driving, or sexual assault, or domestic assault, or robbery, or drug trafficking, or fraud, or most any other criminal offence, all are usually alleged to have taken place somewhere – the scene of the crime.  But, to the thinking criminal defence lawyer, this is not merely ...

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