Former Prosecutor

Former Prosecutor with the Crown Attorney

In 1993 Ms. Currie previously worked as a Prosecuting Attorney with the Crown’s office in Toronto where she prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases.

In 1994/1995 Ms. Currie was co-counsel for the Canadian Red Cross in the Krevor Royal Commission into the safety of the Blood System following the aids crisis. The Red Cross was subject to scrutiny and criticism with respect to its role in the distribution and collection of tainted blood.  The senior individuals involved faced serious criminal charges laid against the decision makers at the Red Cross and others.  These charges were eventually dropped.

In 1996 Ms. Currie was selected and appointed by former Court of Appeal Justice Fred Kaufman to be his Associate Commission Counsel into the Royal Commission of the Wrongful Conviction of Guy Paul Morin who had been charged and convicted of the murder of Christine Jessop. The work in these proceedings involved a detailed analysis of the criminal justice system culminating in a report that has had far reaching impact on issues, practices and proceedings governing criminal law.

 

 

Thereafter, Ms. Currie has been actively engaged in the practice of criminal defense defending a wide range of adult and youth charges. While a successful criminal defense involves careful preparation and research, many cases can often be quickly resolved by negotiation, behind the scenes, to address criminal charges as simply and inexpensively as possible. But when it is necessary to take a case through to trial she will not hesitate to vigorously defend your interests. Her commitment is to provide quality and cost effective legal representation. Each of our clients receives close personal attention and assistance while their legal rights are protected. We listen to their concerns and explain.

Resolving Criminal Charges


Diversion or Alternative Measure Programs, Extra Judicial Measures

Alternative Measure Programs

Requirements in the diversion program vary, ranging from apology letters, community service, and modest charitable donations. If Maureen Currie is able to facilitate getting your acceptance into the Alternative Measures/Diversion Program, and you successfully complete the program, the charges will be withdrawn.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

Dismissal or Stay of Proceedings

If a charge is dismissed at trial, or if Crown counsel (the prosecutor) decides before trial, following a meeting with your counsel, to withdraw the charges or enter a stay of proceedings (terminating 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

 

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

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

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 30 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

Getting Your Charges Withdrawn

In the right circumstances, we can have a meeting with the Crown to explain why you were inappropriately charged, persuade the Crown why there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, or discuss 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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