Criminal Lawyers in Ottawa
Donich Law is a criminal, regulatory and civil law firm. We represent clients all over Ontario and regularly appear at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.
Ottawa is serviced by one main courthouse which houses both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. Both Courts are located at 161 Elgin Street at the intersection of Elgin Street and Laurier Avenue West. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. For general information regarding the courthouse you can contact (613) 239-1560. To contact the criminal office please call (613) 239-1153. The Crown Attorney’s office can be reached at (613) 239-1200.
Donich Law has experience defending individuals charged with a variety of offences from minor offences to the most serious crimes. We have successfully represented those charged with child pornography, fraud, indecent exposure, indecent act, child luring sexual assault, sexual interference, theft, and voyeurism. We regularly obtain positive results for our clients, including in some cases resolving matters without a criminal record. If you have been charged with any of these offences in Ottawa, Donich Law can assist you in fighting the case
Who We Are
Donich Law is a trusted Criminal, Regulatory and Civil Defence Law Firm in Toronto. We are hardworking, detailed and dedicated people by nature, which is reflected in our work. We provide individualized client service and select the work we enjoy. This philosophy enables us to maintain client expectations for both excellent legal services and results.
If you have been arrested and accused of committing an unlawful offence, it is important to contact and consult experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Upon arrest, it is important to protect your rights. It is important to avoid making statements of any kind to police as these statements can and will be used against an accused in court.
In many cases, those who are arrested and charged will attempt to explain their way out of the situation. This is almost never successful and in many cases is counterproductive. Donich Law has experience combining risk management and litigation to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients. In many cases, we have been able to resolve criminal matters for our clients without a criminal record.
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What We Defend
Donich Law devotes a portion of its practice to representing those charged with child luring. Child luring is a very serious offence and considerable resources are devoted to catching suspected child predators and prosecuting them. In many cases, individuals are arrested and charged with child during after communicating with an undercover law enforcement officer online. In these cases, the evidence gathered by the police and provided to the prosecutors can be difficult to defend. As a result, it is important to have experienced legal counsel on your side.
Donich Law devotes a portion of its practice to defending those charged with various child pornography offences. There are four different child pornography related offences listed in the Criminal Code. These offences include accessing child pornography, possessing child pornography, making child pornography and distributing child pornography. An individual is guilty of accessing child pornography when they look at or access child pornography without downloading it. An individual is guilty of possessing child pornography when they have in their possession materials that constitute child pornography. This would include downloaded copies. An individual is guilty of making child pornography when they copy, reproduce or create child pornography. Finally, an individual is guilty of distributing child pornography when they make such materials available to others.
Fraud is one of the most common offences individuals are charged with in Ontario. An individual who commits fraud will be charged with either fraud over $5,000 or fraud under $5,000 depending on the value of the fraudulent activity. Donich Law his experience defending first time offenders, those with previous criminal histories, those who have been wrongfully accused, and those who were themselves tricked into participating in fraudulent activity. If you have been charged with fraud in Ottawa, Donich Law can assist you in developing the correct strategy to defend the charges against you.
Indecent act and indecent exposure are both considered sexual offences in Canada. An individual is guilty of indecent act when they commit an indecent act in a public place, in the presence of other individuals, or in any other place with the intention to offend other individuals. An individual is guilty of indecent exposure when they expose their sexual organs to an individual under the age of 16, for a sexual purpose. The exposure need not occur in the physical presence of the minor for an individual to be guilty of this offence. It is not uncommon for individuals to be charged with indecent exposure for exposing their genitals to a minor for sexual purpose over the Internet.
Sexual assault is among the most serious offences an individual can be charged with in Ottawa and across the country. Those who are convicted face very serious criminal sanctions and will be required to register as a sex offender for a minimum of 10 years. An individual is guilty of sexual assault when they make unwanted physical contact with another individual and that physical contact violates the sexual integrity of the other person. Due to this broad definition, the myriad physical interactions can be considered sexual assault.
Sexual interference is one of the most serious offences before the Court in Ottawa and across the country. Donich law devotes a portion of its practice to defending those charged with sexual interference. An individual is guilty of sexual interference when they make physical contact with any part of a minor’s body, with an object or with a part of their body, for a sexual purpose. Essentially, sexual interference is a sexual assault on a minor. In Canada, those under the age of 16 are unable to legally consent to sexual activity of any kind with an adult. An adult who engages in such activity with a minor will be guilty of this offence.
Theft is among the most common offences before the Court all over Canada. One of the most common ways individuals are charged with theft is for shoplifting. An individual who is caught shoplifting will be charged with either theft over $5,000 or theft under $5,000, depending on the value of the items taken. In addition, if the accused still has the stolen items in their possession at the time of their arrest, they will likely also be charged with possession of property obtained by crime. While shoplifting may seem like a petty crime, those who are convicted may experience repercussions for significant period after the event as a result of having a criminal record. As such, it is important to hire experienced legal counsel to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the best outcome in your case.
In Canada, voyeurism is considered a sexual offence. Those who are convicted will face serious criminal sanctions in some cases, and in other cases will be required to register a sex offender. An individual is guilty of voyeurism when they surreptitiously record or observe another individual in a circumstance that would give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy in one of three circumstances; where the individual could reasonably be expected to be naked, exposing their genitals, breasts, or anus, or engaging in sexual activity, where an individual is naked, exposing their genitals, breasts, anus or is engaging in sexual activity and the observation recording is for the purpose of observing or recording an individual in such a state, or where the observation recording is for sexual purpose.
Where We Work
Although we are based in downtown Toronto, we regularly travel for work throughout Ontario. We represent Quebec residents in French requiring legal services in Ontario and have assisted lawyers for matters in other Provinces, including British Columbia.
Some of the communities in Ontario we services include: Alexandria, Barrie, Belleville, Blind River, Bracebridge, Bradford, Brampton, Brockville, Burlington, Chatham, Cobourg, Cochrane, Cornwall, Exeter, Fort Francis, Goderich, Guelph, Hamilton, Hearst, Kenora, Kingston, Kirkland Lake, Kitchener, Leamington, Lindsay, London, L’Original, Meagamow Lake, Midland, Milton, Napanee, Newmarket, North Bay, Orangeville, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, Simcoe, Sioux Lookout, St. Catharines, St. Thomas, Stratford, Sturgeon Falls, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Walkerton, Welland, Windsor and Woodstock