An experienced and successful trial lawyer in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, Joseph has extensive experience representing individuals charged with a broad range of offences under the Criminal Code, including:
Offences against the person and weapons offences
- Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault
- Domestic Assault
- Sexual Assault and Sexual Offences
- Criminal Harassment
- Threaten Death or Bodily Harm
- Firearms and Weapons Offences
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Theft, Fraud, and Crimes of Dishonesty
- Theft and theft related offences
- Fraud and fraud related offences
- Obstruction of Justice
- Secret Commissions
- Breach of Trust
- Proceeds of Crime
- Dangerous Driving
- Impaired Driving and Over 80
Pre-charge and Pre-trial Advocacy
In suitable cases where the client is under investigation and charges have not yet been laid, a principled course of intervention may be pursued to dissuade the police from laying charges. Once charges have been laid, pre-trial advocacy can undermine the existence of a reasonable prospect of conviction and demonstrate that the prosecution is not in the public interest and engage the legal duty of the Crown to withdraw or stay the charges.
Although a trial may often be necessary, the firm’s emphasis on pro-active, creative, and focused pre-charge and pre-trial advocacy consistently spares clients from unwarranted charges and unnecessary trials.
When resolution or a guilty plea is the most advantageous legal course for the client, extraordinary efforts are made in the case of all eligible offences to earn and secure the exercise of prosecutorial and judicial discretion and a noncriminal disposition. Exceptional dispositions require persuasive advocacy, a thorough understanding of the client’s unique personal history and circumstances, and the identification and pursuit of every available mitigating fact and factor, including, when appropriate, the consideration and pursuit of such steps as focused professional counseling, forensic psychiatric and psychological assessments, character references, and community service. Additional legal and mitigating considerations apply to matters involving young persons. However serious or minor the offence may be, the acceptable result is the truly exceptional outcome.