Areas of Practice

ASSAULT

Assault charges range from simple to aggravated. They happen for many reasons and aren’t always criminal. The consequences of a conviction vary, but when bodily harm or weapons are involved the potential penalties include lengthy jail sentences, a permanent criminal record, and fingerprint records.

If you’ve been charged with an assault offence, you need an experienced assault lawyer in Toronto who understands the nuances of the various charges and the investigations.
When working on assault charges, our firm takes the time to understand your perspective and the facts unique to your case so that we can best advise you.

We have represented clients in hundreds of assault cases with success. We have the technical understanding of the law in this area and are skilled at making those arguments at trial, and even in preventing the case from going to trial at all.

We routinely retain specialized experts and have experience in sensitive cases where the accused is also a victim of trauma themselves.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Is mental health a component of your assault case? We help you navigate the resources available with our crisis management services. Securing bail can make or break a case. We will fight vigorously during bail hearings and reviews. Start building a defence for your assault case today. Contact our firm for a consultation.

BAIL HEARING SERVICES

Getting bail can be the difference between winning and losing a case. Being out on bail means living in the community or at home while you await your trial. Courts routinely recognize the importance of being granted and the impact of having bail on the outcome of your case. You need an experienced Toronto bail hearing lawyer on your side.

When you secure bail, it is easier for our lawyers to speak with you, collect exonerating evidence, and build a strong defence for trial. Our firm will assist you from the pre-charge and investigation stage through to the charge and bail phase. We also ensure that a publication ban is requested.
Many people who are charged don’t realize that it is better to contact a lawyer before being charged or talking to the police. Having a criminal defence lawyer on your side increases your chances of securing bail at a later date and can, in some cases, prevent charges from being laid at all.

When facing an emergency, whenever possible contact us before you go to the police station. already been arrested? We can still help.

If you have already been charged, or denied bail, we will still help you build your case. We can discuss the possibility of a bail review to challenge the reason bail was denied. Contact us to review your case.
Our firm has a proven track record of securing bail for our clients. Start building a bail hearing defence today. Get assistance with a bail review. Looking for assistance with a specific charge? Learn about our areas of practice.

CHILD RELATED OFFENCES

Sensitive cases require a sensitive approach. Child-related offences are serious criminal charges that can have long-lasting consequences for both parents and children. The convictions can be severe and building a strong defence is crucial.

It’s important to choose a Toronto sexual interference lawyer with the experience and results to be your partner through the court process.
When children are involved, you want a lawyer who understands the nuances of cross-examination. Our firm has a strong track record of cross-examining children without being intimidating. We understand that a flexible approach is needed in a sensitive situation.

We also have experience scrutinizing the technical evidence available and reviewing all physical evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, computer files, ISP records, and other documents that may be used by the prosecution to prove the case.

Securing bail can improve the chances of a successful defence. We will fight vigorously for you at bail hearings and reviews. Often, child-related offences are linked to other issues, such as addiction or mental health. Our crisis management services connect you with resources to assist beyond the courtroom. Start building your defence today. Contact our firm for a consultation.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENCES

Domestic violence offences include any type of alleged assault that happens in a domestic context. These charges often involve family members, close friends, and even children.

Repercussions of a domestic assault conviction affect not only the accused’s life, but also have long-lasting consequences for their family and loved ones.

As a result, these cases are sensitive and require a domestic violence lawyer in Toronto who understands how to balance building a defence with protecting key relationships.
Our firm understands the dynamics of relationships and takes the time to recognize the unique circumstances of each situation and the factors that led to the charge. We have successfully defended clients in hundreds of cases involving allegations of domestic disputes.

We conduct our own investigations and look into the motivations behind the allegations. This allows us to fully understand and assess the case and advise our clients on their potential defences.

Dealing with domestic violence charges can be overwhelming. We can help you understand your options and resources available with our crisis management services.

Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

FRAUD AND EXTORTION

Fraud and extortion offences in Canada range from verbal or written accusations, to threats involving firearms, and beyond. While the charges may be broad, the consequences aren’t. Depending on the alleged offence, a conviction can lead to jail time, fines, a criminal record, and other serious penalties.

If you’ve been charged with fraud or extortion, you need a fraud lawyer in Toronto who has the experience and knowledge to understand the technical aspects involved.
Our firm has worked on a variety of fraud and extortion cases.

We review all the evidence provided by the prosecution to ensure they can prove the allegations. This includes poring over all physical evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, surveillance footage, bank records, and other documents that may prove the case.

We understand how to challenge the admissibility of these documents in court and cross-examine expert witness. Fraud and extortion offence cases regularly involve technical aspects, which our firm has the experience and knowledge to handle.

Fraud offences are often linked to other issues, such as addiction or mental health. We understand our client’s unique needs and work to ensure they have the support they need.

Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY & CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Often, a legal issue goes beyond the courtroom. Many cases we’ve seen require crisis response services and mental health support as well as assistance with the legal charge. Others involve coordinating medical assistance, dealing with addiction, working with vulnerable persons, and acting as an advocate for those in need of mental health care.

If you’re facing a crisis related to a mental health or legal issue and aren’t sure what to do or where to go for help, our firm will help you understand your options and make a plan to resolve the matter.
If you’re facing a crisis related to a mental health or legal issue and aren’t sure what to do or where to go for help, our firm will help you understand your options and make a plan to resolve the matter.

THIS MIGHT INCLUDE: Providing mental health support and advocacy. Giving advice to people coming to the justice system for the first time. Helping parents of young offenders. Representation of vulnerable victims and witnesses with independent legal advice. Navigating and co-ordinating services and requests that relate to a case – for instance, accessing health records, Freedom of Information Act requests, destruction of fingerprint requests, and appeals. Assisting those accused of professional misconduct to deal with any underlying mental health issues that might have led to the allegations or complaint. Many legal cases are rarely just about one issue, but it can be hard to know where to turn. When you don’t know who to call or where to go, that’s where we come in.

MURDER

If you have been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, attempted murder, or another homicide-related charge, you need an experienced Toronto murder lawyer.

Homicide charges are some of the most serious in the Canadian Criminal Code. The consequences of a conviction are severe and long-lasting. In the worst-case scenario, a conviction could mean going to jail for the rest of your life.

The right murder lawyer in Toronto will sit down with you to discuss your options and possible outcomes so that you understand your rights throughout the entire court process.
Our firm has worked on more than a dozen homicide cases in Toronto, including first-degree murder. We are there when you need us most, through the investigative and charging phase.

We conduct our own independent investigations, speak to witnesses, and retain our own experts to assess the evidence and examine every lead to build your defence.

As a team of lawyers experienced in dealing with homicide cases, we draw on our individual strengths and collectively work to ensure our murder clients receive the best possible defence.

Contact our firm for a consultation to see how we can act quickly to defend your murder case.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Are you aware of how crucial bail is? We’ll fight vigorously to secure you bail. Learn more about our bail process.

In a murder investigation, time is of the essence. Contact our firm for a consultation to see how we can act quickly to defend your murder case.

DRIVING OFFENCES

Dangerous Driving and Careless Driving Causing Bodily Harm or Death are two of the most serious driving offences in Ontario. A conviction for either can have life-changing consequences for the accused, including loss of driver’s license, jail time, and heavy fines.

If you’ve been charged with dangerous driving charges in Toronto, you need a legal team that understands how to steer you in the right direction.
Our office has represented clients on many different driving-related offences, including impaired driving, dangerous driving, and careless driving causing bodily harm and death.

We have experience cross-examining accident re-constructionists and other experts called by the prosecution. We scrutinize the methods of evidence collection and the data relied upon.

Our firm works tirelessly for clients who were injured in an accident but found themselves charged with an offence. This is particularly difficult, and we understand the stress that facing physical recovery and a criminal charge at the same time can be.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Some dangerous or careless driving charges require those charged to secure bail. Learn about our firm’s track record at bail hearings and reviews.

We understand the stress that facing physical recovery and a criminal charge at the same time can be. Our crisis management services help you find assistance beyond the courtroom.

Start building your criminal driving defence today. Contact our firm for a consultation.

NARCOTIC OFFENCES

Narcotic offence convictions often have life-changing consequences. Even the most minor possession charges carry heavy fines and potential jail time. Steeper charges, such as importing, trafficking, or cases where aggravating factors are involved, have even more severe penalties.

If you’ve been charged with a narcotics offence, you need a drug lawyer in Toronto who understands these consequences and how to build a strong defence.
Our firm has worked on cases from simple possession charges to large multi-party importing projects. We have experience in cases involving undercover police operations, wiretaps, mules, and confidential informants.

We often act for clients who have serious addiction issues and retain independent drug experts to analyze the case.

We recognize that your life is on the line. We take the time to understand your situation and the unique factors involved to develop your defence.

QUASI-CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS

Several serious provincial offences act charges won’t result in a criminal record, but they can end in jail time and high fines and other consequences. These are known as quasi-criminal offences.

If you’ve been charged with one of these offences, you need a quasi-criminal prosecutions lawyer in Toronto that understands the circumstances and can challenge the evidence.
We have experience building defence cases for quasi-criminal charges, including:

Landlords who have been charged in Fire Code offence cases. Careless driving causing death and bodily harm. Occupational health and safety matters where bodily harm or death has resulted.

If you have been charged with a provincial or other non-criminal offence that could result in jail time, we can defend you. Our firm also has the technical knowledge to challenge evidence, cross-examine experts, and mount a defence even in difficult cases.

IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN FORMALLY CHARGED YET: Call us first! Bail is critical to secure in cases that could end in jail time. We will go with you to the police station and help you from the start.

IF YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN CHARGED: We can still help. We will assist with securing bail, taking you through the legal process, and building a strong defence.

Quasi-criminal prosecutions can be overwhelming, especially when jail time is at stake. We help you make a plan and navigate all available resources. If there has been a serious accident or death in your workplace, or you have been charged with a provincial offence, contact us to assist you in understanding your rights and obligations.

REGULATORY LAW AND PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT

Many businesses and professionals are required to follow certain regulations and codes of conduct. If these are breached, the business or professional may be charged with a regulatory offence that could threaten their professional licence to practice or status as a member of that regulated profession.

RELEVANT INDUSTRIES INCLUDE: Teachers, Nurses, Psychotherapists, Naturopaths, Accountants, Real Estate Agents

If you’ve been charged with a regulatory law or professional misconduct offence, it’s critical that you work with a Toronto professional licensing defence lawyer who not only understands the allegations, but also takes the time to comprehend the circumstances that led to them.
Our firm of regulatory and professional discipline lawyers has handled many cases in Toronto, including medical professionals whose licenses have been on the line, private school teachers without union representation, and financial planners accused of misconduct. Whether the charge occurred because of a professional error, or is part of a broader issue, we have experience building a defence and getting your business back on track.

We’ve found that many regulatory law cases have a mental health component to them. We have experience working with these clients and helping them find resources for the broader issues beyond the professional licensing or regulatory offence.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Many regulatory law cases are linked to other issues, such as addiction or mental health. Our crisis management services connect you with resources to assist beyond the courtroom.

ROBBERY, THEFT, AND BREAK & ENTER

Property offences such as robbery, break and enter, or theft charges have varying consequences depending on the circumstances. In many cases, the charges can be indictable, meaning if convicted the accused could face a steep fine, six months or more of incarceration, or both.

If you’ve been charged with a property offence, you need a theft lawyer in Toronto who understands how to scrutinize the evidence to find the best available defence.
Our firm has represented clients on a wide array of theft and property offences. These charges are often linked to other issues, such as addiction or mental health. We understand our client’s unique needs and work to ensure they have the support they need.

We review all the evidence provided by the prosecution to ensure they can prove the allegations. This includes reviewing all physical evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, surveillance footage, bank records, and other documents that may prove the case.

We understand how to challenge the admissibility of these documents in court. Property offence cases can involve technical aspects, which our firm has the experience and knowledge to handle.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help. Securing bail makes a big difference to a successful defence. Our firm fights vigorously for our clients at bail hearings and reviews. Property offence cases are often linked to other issues, such as addiction or mental health. Our crisis management services connect you with resources to assist beyond the courtroom.

SEXUAL OFFENCES

Sexual assault charges are extremely serious, and convictions carry severe consequences. Many sexual offences in the Canadian Criminal Code have a minimum mandatory jail sentence upon conviction and some have mandatory registration on the Sexual Offender Registry.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sexual assault offence, there are options available. The right Toronto sexual assault lawyer will walk you through the court process and fight for you every step of the way.
As your lawyers, we are here to support you by understanding your situation, communicating openly, and providing you with information about your defence and the legal system.

We have experience cross-examining children involved in sexual offence cases. Working with sexual assault charges in arranged marriages. With sexual assault charges at universities and colleges. Working with clients alleged to have assaulted a family member.

Not all accused persons want a sexual assault defence lawyer in Toronto who is going to be unduly aggressive or hostile in court. We are flexible and take the best approach required for each individual case.

We will carefully explain the changes to the sexual assault laws and how those changes may affect you and your defence. We routinely retain our own expert witnesses to assist in reviewing evidence of sexual assault kits and alleged injuries and provide advice that is used to prepare a defence.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Being charged with sexual assault is overwhelming. Our crisis management services help you navigate the various channels you might be dealing with.

WEAPONS & FIREARM OFFENCES

Weapons and firearms offences are some of the most serious in the Criminal Code and the consequences are steep. Certain charges carry a mandatory minimum jail sentence and heavy fines.

Whether your case involves weapon possession, a use offence, importing or exporting, or another firearms offence, the right legal team will help you understand the charge and the court process.

If you’re facing a procession of weapon charges in Toronto, it’s critical to work with a weapon possession lawyer who understands the investigation and prosecution procedure.
Our firm has experience dealing with a variety of weapons charges, including possession, importing, and distributing. We've dealt with cases involving: Selling or purchasing weapons over the dark web. Importing of weapons. Possession of firearms. Weapons found in cars where the driver or passenger was not aware.

In all firearm and weapons cases, we conduct an independent investigation and review all information on file to find any evidence of procedural mistreatment. We scrutinize every case to build a strong defence.

We understand the procedure for prosecuting weapons and firearms charges, understand the evidence, and look at every case with a critical eye.
Whenever possible, contact us before you’ve been charged. We will walk you through your options, offer advice on what to say to the police, and be your partner every step of the way. If you or a loved one has already been charged, we can still help.

Weapon possession charges often mean clients have to attend a bail hearing. We will fight vigorously to secure you bail.

YOUNG OFFENDERS

When a young person is charged in Canada under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), you need a lawyer who understands that it is a different scenario from an adult offence.

At Greenwood Defence, our young offender lawyers take a different approach. We know the law and the applicable legal principles that govern youth cases.

We work with our clients and their families to address the underlying issues they face. We take a caring and holistic approach to the needs of our youth clients to passionately defend them and their rights and ensure they get any needed support.

Many young offender cases have a trauma, addiction, or mental health component. We are aware of these issues and work with families and youth to connect them to support while dealing with the charges.
We realize that when your child or loved one is charged it does not only affect them; it impacts the whole family.

Our firm helps parents develop a plan to deal with the underlying issues and secure the young person’s release on a reasonable bail. Learn more about our bail services.

We connect them to services that can assist, in addition to defending the charge in court. We look at the bigger picture and are there for our clients and their family.
Look for a legal team that understands working with youth and parents alike. Our firm has experience working with and defending young people. We approach each case individually and take a compassionate approach.