About us

Criminal Lawyers at Cormier Simard deal with cases in the districts of Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and the surroundings. Mr.Cormier is a former Crown Prosecutor who acquired experience in criminal law in the Quebec Court, the Superior Court of Quebec, the Appeal Court of Quebec as well as municipal courts. He acted as a legal consultant for the United Nations and practised within two international penal tribunals: the International Tribunal for

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A client receives a discharge despite his past jail sentence

In the Montreal district, an individual was charged with harassment, under Section 264(1)(3)b) of the Criminal Code, communicating repeatedly by means of telecommunications, under 372(3)(4)b) of the Criminal Code and uttering threats to cause bodily injuries under Section 264.1(1)a)(2)b) of the Criminal Code. Under the influence of alcohol, the defendant had made several consecutive phone calls to another occupant of the housing complex of his lady friend. The conversations, which

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He received a discharge despite multiple charges of conjugal violence

In the Montreal district, a man was facing seven conjugal violence charges in four different cases. The defendant and the plaintiff were in the process of separating and were fighting over the division of their assets as well as custody of their two young children. One first issue had been resolved as an acquittal in exchange for a commitment to keep the peace. A second conflict occurred while their residence

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According to an agreement, the driver’s license was cancelled for two years instead of four

In the Montreal district, a motorcycle operator was charged with driving dangerously for the public, under Section 249(1)a) (2)b) of the Criminal Code and not stopping his vehicle while being chased by a police officer in order to escape, under Section 249.1 (1) (2) b) of the Criminal Code. Using radar supervision on the side of the highway, a police officer aboard a motorcycle had read the motorcyle rider and

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A director avoid a criminal record after being found guilty of fraud over 5000$

A person holding an important position within a non-profit organization was charged with counterfeiting documents, that is falsified expense accounts, which falls under Section 367b) of the Criminal Code, using these documents as though they were genuine, falling under Section 368(1)a)c) of the Criminal Code, and thereby defrauding the employer for a sum of nearly $ 10,000, which is an offence under Section 380(1)a) of the Criminal Code. This person

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Alleged mischief for $ 50,000 in a commercial premise: charges were dropped

A businessman in Montreal was charged with mischief over $ 5,000 under Section 430(1)a) of the Criminal Code. The alleged offence dealt with a commercial premise he had rented, since he supposedly deteriorated the space when he moved out. Criminal charges were laid by the Crown. Consequently, the defendant was liable to be sentenced to ten years of imprisonment. Also, the plaintiff intended to use the criminal legal procedures to

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Parole | Prison law

When convicted persons are serving a prison sentence, release on parole makes it possible for them to leave the penal institution before the sentence expires so they may reintegrate into society. In Quebec, provincial authorities administer prisons for sentences of less than two years, while federal authorities administer penitentiaries for sentences of over two years. Each level of government has its own parole board. Being granted a hearing before the

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A complaint for obstruction made against a student was withdrawn

After a long evening, an ambulance technique student was arrested while on the roof of a building in a serious state of inebriation. A neighbour had called the police to complain about the partying noise she could hear from within her apartment. His partner gave the police officers his true identity. However, the student who had previously launched procedures to be granted a pardon for a car theft charge gave

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A weapon and ammunition negligently stored but he avoids having a record

The police arrested an individual on the highway for a Highway Safety Code offence. The police officer immediately noticed a hunting rifle lying on the back seat, and then found ammunition on the front seat. The individual was charged with carrying and storing a weapon and ammunition in a negligent manner (Section 86 of the Criminal Code). He hired Mr Xavier Cormier in Montreal to defend him.After our criminal lawyer

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Two women charged with theft acquitted because of the Jordan decision of the Supreme Court (excessive delays in procedures)

Two persons who are members of the same family were arrested by Montreal police on charges of shoplifting for a value of $ 200 in a department store. The ladies were summoned to Municipal Court to face charges of theft and conspiracy (Sections 334 and 465 Criminal Code). They met Mrs. Vallelonga to ask her to defend them on criminal charges. The two women charged denied committing the offence and

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Although charged with break and entry, mischief and public mischief, she was not convicted

After a love affair that turned sour, a lady committed a break and entry (Section 348 (1)a)d) Criminal Code) when she broke a window of the residence of her former common-law husband (mischief according to Section 430 Criminal Code). The police arrested her and also charged her with public mischief (Section 140 Criminal Code) since she supposedly claimed the entry was done by another person. The lady hired our montreal

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False charges

Regarding criminal law, some people stubbornly believe that a lawyer who knows that the client is guilty will plead in court that the client has not done anything wrong. This has nothing to do with reality. Criminal lawyers have a plethora of ways to defend a client they know is guilty without lying to the Judge: they can invoke the flimsiness of the evidence of the Prosecution, request cancelling part

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Random vehicle searches: withdrawal of resulting charges

One of the most common interactions between citizens and the police happens when driving. Despite police’s wide range of authority in checking drivers, their powers are not unlimited. Jurisprudence acknowledges that a police officer may not randomly stop a driver. This would involve, for instance, stopping a driver because the vehicle is traveling late at night in an area where a lot of drugs are sold.In a nutshell, this arrest

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A foreign student is acquitted of imprisoning, assault and threats

A foreign student had been living common-law for some time. An incident happened within the couple regarding a conflict about his outings. The client was charged with taking his partner hostage (Section 279 (2) b) Criminal Code), assault (Section 266 b) Criminal Code) and threats (Section 264.1 (1) (3)b) Criminal Code) by the police. He hired Mr Christos Karteris to defend him.After reading the police report, our criminal lawyer decided

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Acquitted for impaired driving because of court delays

Sébastien Gagné, Montreal DUI lawyerAn individual was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of his motor vehicle, drunk and with a bottle of wine between his knees. Therefore, he was arrested by the Longueuil police and charged with care and control of a motor vehicle while his capacity to operate the vehicle was impaired by alcohol (Section 253 Criminal Code). The individual already had criminal records in this respect and

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Delaying to subject an arrested person to a breathalyzer test can be grounds for a dischargev

Police officers who suspect drivers of operating a vehicle while having alcohol in their blood may order a breathalyzer test as soon as practicable (Section 254 Criminal Code). If the instrument indicates a level above the permitted level, drivers can then be driven to the station to have a qualified technician administer the test again. If drivers fail again, they are charged with driving a vehicle with impaired faculties, that

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Found sleeping drunk in his vehicle, he was acquitted of care and control

The police received a call about an individual who had fallen asleep in his vehicle in a state of inebriation. They went there and arrested our client for driving under the influence. More specifically, he was charged with care and control of a vehicle while his faculties were impaired by alcohol under section 253 Criminal code. A hundred per cent of the defendant’s job is spent driving, so he absolutely had

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Despite stealing gas, he avoided getting a criminal record

An individual had not paid for $ 52 worth of gas in a service station. He was later arrested by police and charged with theft under $ 5,000 under Section 334 b) ii) of the Criminal Code. He had already been convicted previously of driving under the influence, but nevertheless wished to avoid having a record for this charge, because a conviction for theft could have affected his travel to

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The Judge rejects the request for a peace bond submitted by the Prosecutor

A lady charged our client with having threatened to poison her dog or have it removed. The criminal Prosecutor had an indictment sent to our client requesting the issue by a Judge of an order under Section 810 of the Criminal Code.The Prosecutor wanted a series of conditions imposed on our client for a period of a year. Mr Laurent Morin asked that a hearing be held so that the

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Charges can be dropped because of procedural delays

Section 11 b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom provides the right of any person charged with an offence to be tried within a reasonable time. Since this section is constitutional in nature, it has precedence over the law as well as the government’s administrative decisions.Then what are the consequences of excessive delays before a trial?The Supreme Court of Canada recently set a ceiling for procedures of 18

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