Stephen Price & Associates
Criminal Defence Lawyers who specialize in Impaired Driving Toronto
When you need some legal advice, turn to us to ensure you get the best possible help. Your case is our top priority, and your rights are our utmost concern. We’re here to help, and we’re here to work for you.
Our new office is located at 5000 Yonge St., in the heart of North York at the intersection of Yonge St. and North York Blvd; just north of Sheppard Ave W.
Primary Practice Areas
Impaired Driving Offenses
Charges of Impaired Driving, Drive Over 80 milligrams, Refuse Breath Sample and Care and Control are some of the more common Criminal Code charges in Ontario and among the most complicated to defend. Make sure you retain a lawyer who specializes in this area of practice as the law is constantly changing and there are many defences to these charges. Some involve the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as those that involve the use of expert witnesses.
Our firm employs the services of expert toxicologists to assist in the strategy and defence of our cases. In addition, all of our associates have successfully completed the Alcotest 7410 and Intoxilyzer 5000C Workshop, which are the same instruments used to take breath samples by police departments throughout Canada.
Bail Hearing & Appeals
Occasionally, the need for a criminal lawyer is required before an accused person’s charge(s) goes to court and even after the case is finished. One of the most critical aspects of a criminal proceeding is the bail hearing. The bail hearing will determine whether an accused person will remain in custody until the charge(s) are dealt with by the courts or whether a person will be released from custody.
A poorly run bail hearing can result in a person spending weeks, even months, in jail without being convicted of a crime. Our firm has successfully argued hundreds of bail hearings over the years. Even if you have been convicted of a criminal offence it is important to consult a criminal lawyer to determine whether-or-not you have grounds to appeal your conviction and/or sentence.
Remember, when you have been charged with a criminal offence your liberty is at stake. Before you walk into a courtroom you should be advised of your legal rights.
Offences Under Other Statutes
Not all criminal or quasi-criminal offences are found under the Criminal Code. Drug-related offences such as Possession, Trafficking and Cultivation are found under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and are prosecuted by Federal Crown Attorneys. Special consideration must also be given to young persons. In Canada, children under 18 years-of-age are treated differently by law and are charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Our firm has successfully defended many individuals charged under these Acts and other legislation.
Other Criminal Offences
Our firm has extensive experience defending individuals charged with a wide range of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada. A few of which include:
- Dangerous Driving
- Domestic Assault
- Sexual Assault
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Stephen Price was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976 and has been practising in the area of criminal law since. Steve specializes in the area of drinking and driving cases and is well known among his peers, crown attorneys and police for his expertise in impaired driving, over 80 and refuse breath test cases.
Stephen had chaired the Continuing Education Impaired Driving Seminar presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada for many years. This is a forum for lawyers, judges and crowns to get up-to-speed on the latest cases and strategies surrounding drinking and driving law. He remains a speaker at this annual conference.
Stephen has had numerous articles published on drinking and driving law and has spoken at many drinking and driving seminars for the profession, including programs presented to Justices of the Ontario Court of Justice; the Law Society of Upper Canada and The Canadian Bar Association. He will again this coming fall, with a senior Crown Attorney, speak upon the current state of drinking and driving law to the Justices of the Ontario Court of Justice, at their Western Region Judges seminar.
While no one can warrant the outcome of a criminal trial, Mr Price’s successful defence of thousands of impaired, over 80 and refuse breath test charges in his 35 years of practice, can guarantee the best possible chance of an acquittal. His ability to succeed in court for the vast majority of his clients explains why most of his referrals come from previous clients or from within the profession (other lawyers; crown attorneys; police officers and judges). His history of positive results and province-wide reputation in this area of law also explains why he is retained to represent persons charged with drinking in driving offences in courts all over the province.
If you are charged with a drinking and driving offence the only way to avoid the dire consequences of a criminal record, fine (or imprisonment in certain cases), skyrocketing insurance and loss of license, is to retain counsel with a great deal of expertise and experience in this very specialized and ever-evolving area of the criminal law. Stephen’s experience and expertise in drinking and driving offences is second to none.
Min Pei is an associate at Price Altman Barristers.