Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Have you been arrested in Ontario and need a criminal trial lawyer?
Experience matters!

A criminal record can have serious ramifications on your future!  In the appropriate circumstances, we are often successful in resolving criminal charges without leaving you with a criminal record.

Maureen Currie has 30 years of litigation experience.  She has represented individuals and corporations in a wide range of high profile trials, inquests, and Royal Commissions. She has also previously worked as a Prosecutor in the Crown Attorney’s Office - experience now useful for her practice as a criminal defence lawyer. 

She is known for her fearless representation of clients charged with serious criminal law charges, her close personal attention and commitment in providing a thorough criminal defence whether it’s:

  • Working behind the scenes to persuade the prosecution to withdraw its case;
  • Getting the best results possible on a guilty plea or;
  • Defending you in a criminal trial.

Maureen has been an instructor at York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and Intensive Trial Advocacy courses, where she has served as an instructor for both lawyers and law students for trial advocacy and courtroom skills.

She has represented accused persons in both a jury and non-jury trials on a number of offences outlined in this site including her experience:

  • As co-counsel for the Canadian Red Cross during Krevor Royal Commission which examined the blood system and the Red Cross’ actions and deaths associated with the Aids crisis
  • She was chosen by the Honourable Court of Appeal Justice Kaufman to be his Associate Counsel in the Morin Royal Commission. This case analysed the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin, who was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of a young girl. After DNA evidence exonerated him, this Commission was established to examine the police investigation and trials that led to his wrongful conviction. This resulted in dramatic change to criminal investigations, evidence, charges and proceedings.
  • She represented the Children’s Aid in the Jeffrey Baldwin Inquest examining the murder by neglect and starvation of a young child who lived in the home of his grandparents;
  • She represented a party in a prominent Inquest involving the police shooting and death of a man who had murdered his wife.
  • She represented a psychiatrist at an inquest delving into the death of a young boy from neuroleptic malignant syndrome and whether the provision of the psychiatric medication resulted in his death.

Criminal defence lawyer Maureen Currie has over 30 years of experience. She previously worked as a prosecutor in the Crown Attorney's office - experience now useful in her practice as a criminal defence lawyer. She is known for her fearless representation of clients charged with serious criminal law offences, close personal attention and commitment in providing a thorough criminal defence.

Facing Criminal Charges?

If you are charged with a criminal offence, Maureen Currie will vigorously defend you.
A criminal record can have lifelong ramifications.
For a consultation with our criminal lawyer please call 905-847-2826.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Currie Law - Groundbreaking Cases since 1988

Criminal Harassment

Criminal Harassment

In most criminal harassment cases, the complainant contacts the police with information about the actions of the accused.

Criminal Harassment
Criminal Harassment
Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault includes any non-consensual touching or other physical contact between two persons that has a sexual nature.

Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault
Impaired Driving

Drinking & Driving Offences

If you have been charged with Impaired Driving (Alcohol level of over 80), the ramifications are extremely serious.

Impaired Driving
Drinking and Driving Offences
Firearm & Weapons Charges

Firearm & Weapons Charges

Currie Law is well-versed in the criminal laws that regulate weapon use and possession, and keep up to date on this ever changing area of the law.

Firearm & Weapons Charges
Firearm & Weapons Offence
Drug Charges

Drug Charges

A conviction on any drug charge can result in a criminal record which could have a devastating impact on your future.

Drug Charges
Drug Charges
Utter Threats

Threatening or Utter Threats

Sometimes in the context of an argument words will be uttered that amount to a threat. This can result in a serious criminal code offence.

Threatening or Utter Threats
Threatening or Utter Threats
Robbery

Robbery

Robbery is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, and is viewed by the courts as one of the most serious violent crime offences.

Robbery
Robbery
Shoplifting

Theft

Charges can include Shoplifting, Theft under and over $5000, Identity theft, Forgery, Benefiting from the proceeds of a crime & Conspiracy.

Theft
Theft
Bail

Bail

After arrest and charging an individual, the police often releases a person within 24 hours with or without conditions.

Bail
Bail
Youth Charges

Youth Charges

Is your son or daughter in trouble with the law? Maureen Currie is an experienced criminal youth lawyer.

Youth Charges
Youth Charges
Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving

Dangerous driving occurs when a person operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public.

Dangerous Driving
Dangerous Driving
Criminal Mischief

Criminal Mischief

While the word “mischief” sounds like a minor act, it is a criminal code offence that can have serious consequences.

Criminal Mischief
Criminal Mischief
Assault Charges

Assault Charges

Assault, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon are very serious criminal charges.

Assault Charges
Assault Charges
 Domestic Violence and Assault

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is the term Courts use where you are charged with physical force or violence or even a threat of violence.

Domestic Violence and Assault
Domestic Violence and Assault
Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography Charges

If you have been accused of committing such a crime, the stakes are considerable.

Child Pornography Charges
Child Pornography Charges
Fraud Charges

Fraud Charges

Maureen Currie has represented both corporations and individuals in small and large scale fraud cases.

Fraud Charges
Fraud Charges

Resolving Criminal Charges

Diversion or Alternative Measure Programs, Extra Judicial Measures

Requirements in the diversion program vary, ranging from apology letters, community service, and modest charitable donations. If Maureen Currie is able to facility getting you accepted into Alternative Measures and you successfully complete the program, the charges will be withdrawn. This means that you get to keep a clean criminal record and avoid the expense and embarrassment of a trial.

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Dismissal or Stay of Proceedings

If a charge is dismissed at trial or if crown counsel (the prosecutor) decides at some time prior to trial following a meeting with your counsel to enter a stay of proceedings (terminate the charge), there will be no criminal record. Sometimes, and in certain circumstances, we can persuade crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings or withdraw the charge prior to trial – even where the Crown initially refused to do so.

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Peace Bond

On occasion, crown counsel will agree to an accused person entering a peace bond when that person has been charged with a minor offence such as a minor assault, threatening, etc. The accused is placed on various conditions for a maximum period of one year.

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Guilty Plea

You should never plead guilty to an offence without carefully considering the matter and the alternatives with an experienced criminal lawyer. If you do decide to plead guilty, we may be successful in obtaining an absolute or conditional discharge in certain circumstances – depending upon the nature of the offences

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Trial Lawyer

No case is too big or too small; she takes cases where she believes that she can help people get justice. Maureen Currie has over 28 years of trial experience. She prides herself on providing high quality representation and works hard for all of her clients.

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Getting Your Charges Withdrawn

In the right circumstances we can have a meeting with the Crown Attorney and explain the situation and why you were in appropriately charged or why this matter should not be before the criminal courts. In such cases the charges can be completely withdrawn and the criminal process will end.

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Arrest and Right to Silence

If you have been charged with a criminal offence, or the police have called you in for questioning – get legal advice from an experienced criminal lawyer immediately.

It is generally not a good idea to give up the right to silence until or unless you have retained legal counsel.

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Search and Seizure

Do you believe that law enforcement officers have wrongfully interfered with your rights?

Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms you are protected against arbitrary and unreasonable exercises of police power – as in illegal searches or unlawful intrusion into your privacy.

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