There have been some serious amendments to drug offences in Canada in the last year, with substantial changes made to sentencing. Harper's conservative government brought in a series of mandatory minimum sentences, including for marijuana offences. While this change reflects the Conservative's "tough on crime" agenda, it is often increasing sentences beyond what would otherwise be an appropriate sentence. Since these new sentences are mandatory, the only way to avoid jail is to successfully defend the charge. This often means hiring competent and skilled counsel.
Being charged with a crime, such as domestic assault, is often one of the most difficult and stressful events in a person's life. Most people never, or rarely, interact with the criminal justice system; when they find themselves charged with a criminal offence they are often left confused about what to do. The most important thing for someone facing a criminal charge is to be able to continue with their normal lives as much as possible while dealing with the charge.
An early morning crash has resulted in a slew of charges for a young Ottawa woman. According to police the car was Westbound on the Queensway when it tried to drive between two police cruisers in a construction zone. The car struck one of the police vehicles.