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Harval bassi

An assault occurs when, without the consent of the person, an individual applies force intentionally to that person, directly or indirectly. An assault can also occur when an individual, based on a reasonable foundation, fears that a person interfered with their ability to effect his purpose. This can occur by means of an attempt or threat to apply force to an individual.

Bail Hearings

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In many situations, an individual may be required to be held for a show cause hearing. Also referred to a bail hearing, this step of the process is crucial but it is quite often disregarded as being a trivial stage of the process. An individual requires a lawyer that wields the expertise to ascertain the importance of a bail hearing.

Drinking & Driving

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Many individuals charged with a drinking and driving offence tend to be first-time offenders and lack insight
into the compte* nature and procedural steps that a drinking and driving charge will entail. For most
individuals that are with a drinking and driving offence, they are subject to a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension. Only in the rarest of circumstances will an individual be able to appeal the administrative suspension. The 90-day suspension can have an immense impact on an individual as we often take for granted the Importance of our drhlng privileges.

Drug Offences

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Drug related charges fall under the scope of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The Government of Canada has created the Department of Public Prosecutions, often referred to as the Federal Crown, to dealwith drug related matters. Charges relating to drugs can range from simple possession to production. As a result, the sentencing structure varies greatly In relation to drug matters. Parliament has recently Introduced a series of minimum sentencing guidelines relating to specific drug offences.

Weapons Offences

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Weapons offences cover a large spectrum of the criminal sphere. Quite often being charged with a weapons offence carries the possibility of substantial jail time. A number of weapons offences carry a minimum jail sentence.

Defences for these types of offences are borne out of constitutional arguments pertaining to the search that resulted in the discovery of the firearm. A breach of your constitutional rights pertaining to the search and seizure of the evidence may result in the exclusion of the evidence gathered after the breach.


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Homicide carries one of the most serious sentencing structure under the Criminal Code. The consequences of a homicide conviction can be devastating and result in possible life-long incarceration. First degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no possibility of parole for 25 year. Second degree murder carries the same penalty but allows for the possibility of parole at 10 years. The sentencing ranges for manslaughter carry a vast disparity and are based on the specific facts of the case.

Having participated in the defence of a number of murders, Mr. Bassi and his team encompass the skills and experience required to defend the serious charges in relation to homicide offences.

Property Offences

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Theft under $5000.00, Theft over $5000.00, Mischief, Robbery, Break & Enter, Fraud, Possession of Stolen Property...

In Canadian law, theft is defined by the value of the item(s) stolen. The potential jeopardy an individual faces can substantially be altered by the value of the appropriated Item. In a general sense, a theft occurs when a person fraudulently and without a lawful right takes or fraudulently and without lawful right coverts to his/her use or the use of of another person, anything, whether animate or inanimate, with intent:

  • To deprive, temporarily or absolutely, the owner of It, or a person who has a special property orinterest in it, of the thing or of his property or interest in it; or
  • To pledge it or deposit it as security; or
  • To part with It under a condition with respect to Its return that the person who parts with it may be unable to perform; or
  • To deal with it in such a manner that it cannot be restored in the condition in which it was at the time it was taken or converted.

A theft is completed when, with intent to steal anything, a person moves it or causes it to move or to bemoved, or begins to cause it to become movable.

The manner in which a theft is committed can have a significant Impact on the potential repercussions on an individual. For example, stealing from an employer constitutes a breach of trust and is considered anaggravating factor. Every allegation of theft will have its own individual characteristics and potential defences. That makes it that much more Important to seek legal representation that can decypher the complexities andnature of the offence.

It is important to note that the United States treats theft as a crime of moral turpitude and a conviction inrelation to a theft can result in inadmissibility to the United States. The nature of the theft may be minusculebut the possible repercussions can be immense.

Regulatory Matters

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In recent times allegations of Insider trading and corporate crimes have become more and more prevalent. The government has taken a serious stance towards these types of offences and that is reflected in the Ontario Securities Commission's ability to seek a custodial sentence for these types of offences. Having experience with a number of high profile OSC matters, Mr. Bassi has the knowledge and experience to deal with offences relating to the OSC.

In addition to Ontario Securities Commission matters, Mr. Bassi also handles a variety of professional disciplinary hearings. Individuals may find themselves facing allegations of misconduct that result in them facing a disciplinary hearing before their professional authority. Seeking legal representation that has experience In this realm is critical as Individuals careers may be at stake.

Young Offenders

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A Juvenile or youth between the ages of 12 and (under) 18 who commits a criminal offence In Canada will be prosecuted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act of Canada (YCJA), which came into effect on April 21, 2003, replacing the Young Offender's Act. The judicial system dictates a separate court for youth offenders. Children under the age of 12 generally do not receive convictions for crimes, while in other circumstances, minors between the ages of 14 and 18 can be tried in adult court under the Criminal Code of Canada for especially heinous crimes, usually violence-related.

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