Toronto Criminal Law: Practice Areas


White Collar Offences
Homicides
Domestic Assaults
Driving Offences
Regulatory Offences


White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes include offences such as fraud, theft, secret commissions (bribery), insider trading, embezzlement, tax evasion, computer crimes, and forgery. Such cases are typcially very paper intensive and require the expertise of a criminal lawyer who can work through large volumes of materials and understand the often complicated details. Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP has extensive experience defending those charged with white collar offences and has been recognized as one of the leading firms in Canada in the area. Link to Financial Post article, Oct 18, 2006. Mark Sandler is listed in Who's Who Legal as one of the world's leading lawyers in investigations and business crime defence, as well as in ExpertGuides as a peer-reviewed world's leading lawyer in white collar crime.

Homicides

Homicide means the taking, directly or indirectly, of someone’s life. It includes fist- degree murder, second-degree murder, infanticide and manslaughter. These offences are considered among the most serious in Canada and attract lengthy jail sentences. If you are facing a homicide charge, you want to ensure that your lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to properly defend the case.  In its more than 50 years, Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP had successfully represented many people charged with homicide and, as a result, knows how to assist you in obtaining the best possible result.

Domestic Assaults

Domestic assaults and sexual assaults are among the most common charges faced by our clients.  A domestic assault occurs when there is a non-consensual touching between two people who are involved in a relationship.  A sexual assault is when there is a non-consensual touching for a sexual purpose.  These cases are often ‘he said-she said’ situations, where the credibility of each of the parties is the critical issue.  It is imperative that your lawyer knows how to effectively cross-examine in order to obtain a successful result.  The lawyers at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are highly regarded for their cross-examination skills and have regularly been asked to serve as instructors at courses where proper techniques of cross-examination were taught.

Driving Offences

Impaired driving is when a person’s ability to drive their car (or other vehicle) is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Over 80 is when a person's blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, which, in Ontario, is 0.08.  Dangerous driving is where the manner of a person’s driving is dangerous to the public.  In all cases, a conviction can have serious consequences, including the loss of one’s licence for a year, or more.  The proper defence of these cases is often very technical and requires a lawyer with a broad knowledge of the law and the ability to extract the details of one’s defence.  Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP has been defending such cases for over 50 years and has the expertise to provide you with the best possible defence.

Regulatory Offences

Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP can also assist individuals and companies charged under regulatory statutes, including the Income Tax Act, the Securities Act, the Competition Act and the Occupational Health & Safety Act. Over its many years, the firm has acted for both individuals and corporations charged under these, and other, laws.  It is critical that your lawyer be familiar with the relevant statute and caselaw.  The lawyers at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are well regarded for their broad knowledge in these areas.