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Defending Against Criminal Organization Charges

If you are facing charges related to criminal organization offences in Canada, you need an experienced criminal organization lawyer to protect your rights and interests. Criminal organization offences are serious and complex and can result in severe penalties, including lengthy imprisonment, hefty fines, forfeiture of assets, and restrictions on travel and association.

Fedorowicz Law has the knowledge and skills to defend you against any criminal organization charges.

What Are Criminal Organization Offences In Canada?

A criminal organization is defined in section 467.1 of the Criminal Code as a group of three or more persons, in or outside Canada, that has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences that would likely result in a material benefit for the group or its members.

A serious offence is an indictable offence that carries a maximum punishment of five years or more in prison or another offence prescribed by regulation.

There are several offences related to criminal organization in the Criminal Code, such as:

  • Participating in or contributing to the activities of a criminal organization (section 467.11)
  • Committing an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization (section 467.12)
  • Instructing or counselling someone to commit an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization (section 467.13)
  • Recruiting, harbouring, concealing or exercising control over a person under 18 years old to facilitate or commit an offence that is related to a criminal organization (section 467.111)

The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the group meets the definition of a criminal organization and that the accused had knowledge of its nature and purpose. The prosecution may rely on various types of evidence, such as wiretaps, surveillance, informants, undercover agents, documents, financial records, and expert testimony. When you hire Richard Fedorowicz, he thoroughly examines the evidence and circumstances of your case to defend you.

The Consequences Of Criminal Organization Conviction

The consequences of a criminal organization conviction can be devastating for your personal and professional life. Depending on the nature and severity of the offence, you may face:

  • A mandatory minimum sentence of six months in prison for participating in or contributing to the activities of a criminal organization (section 467.11)
  • A maximum sentence of five years in prison for committing an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization (section 467.12)
  • A maximum sentence of 14 years in prison for instructing or counselling someone to commit an offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal organization (section 467.13)
  • A maximum sentence of life imprisonment for recruiting, harbouring, concealing or exercising control over a person under 18 years old to facilitate or commit an offence that is related to a criminal organization (section 467.111)

In addition to imprisonment, you may also face:

  • A fine of up to $500,000 or more
  • Forfeiture of any property or proceeds obtained by or used for the commission of the offence
  • A prohibition order from possessing firearms or other weapons
  • A recognizance order with conditions such as reporting to the police, residing at a certain address, abstaining from drugs or alcohol, or staying away from certain persons or places
  • A DNA order requiring you to provide a sample of your bodily substances for analysis and inclusion in a national database
  • A travel ban preventing you from leaving Canada without permission
  • A criminal record that may affect your employment opportunities, immigration status, security clearance, and ability to travel to other countries
  • To prevent these severe repercussions, it is essential to engage the services of a trustworthy attorney specialized in criminal organizations to safeguard your rights.

    Potential Defences Against Criminal Organization Charges

    The defence strategy for criminal organization charges will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case.

    However, some of the potential defences that may be available include:

    • Challenging the admissibility or reliability of the prosecution’s evidence
    • Arguing that the group does not meet the definition of a criminal organization
    • Arguing that you did not have knowledge of the nature and purpose of the group
    • Arguing that you did not participate in or contribute to the activities of the group
    • Arguing that you did not commit any offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the group
    • Arguing that you did not instruct or counsel anyone to commit any offence for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the group
    • Arguing that you did not recruit, harbour, conceal or exercise control over any person under 18 years old to facilitate or commit any offence that is related to the group
    • Raising a constitutional challenge based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, such as a violation of your right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure, your right to a fair trial, or your right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment

    Why Hire An Experienced Criminal Organization Lawyer?

    Criminal organization charges are serious and complex and require a skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyer to handle them. Richard Fedorowicz has the expertise and resources to defend you against any criminal organization charges. He will:

    • Review the evidence and disclosure in your case
    • Identify any weaknesses or flaws in the prosecution’s case
    • Advise you of your legal rights and options
    • Develop a strong and effective defence strategy for your case
    • Negotiate with the prosecution to seek a withdrawal or reduction of the charges or a favourable plea deal
    • Represent you at bail hearings, preliminary inquiries, trials, and appeals
    • Protect your reputation and interests throughout the legal process

    Need A Strong Criminal Defence Lawyer? Get In Touch With Fedorowicz Criminal Law Today

    Richard Fedorowicz is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for your freedom. He has a proven track record of success in handling a wide range of criminal charges and providing the best criminal defence legal services.

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