Criminal Law

Criminal Law


Criminal Law

At Neal & Mara, we understand that being charged with a criminal offence can be devastating for you and your family. It is imperative that you secure experienced legal counsel as soon as possible as the consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe. If you have no criminal record, a first criminal conviction can be a life-changing event and a barrier to leading a full and productive life. Employers are increasingly asking for a criminal record check as a condition of employment. A criminal record also means that a person faces barriers to contributing to their community, volunteering at their children's school or being able to travel freely, including for their employment. The impact of a conviction on a family law proceeding could include a parent losing access to his or her child. Some other secondary consequences of a conviction are:

Potential deportation

Loss of existing employment or professional accredation

Risk of being added to sexual offender registries

Loss of public housing or social assistance benefits, including Ontario Works

Loss of an educational opportunity

Joe Neal and Corinna Traill have over 30 years of combined experience in practicing criminal law. We represent clients in the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region. Our attorneys have experience and comprehensive knowledge in a broad variety of criminal law and related areas, ranging from theft to drug offences to offences involving weapons, extreme violence or domestic violence cases.

• Sexual assault • Assault with a weapon • Violent offences • Assault • Domestic assault/threatening • Robbery • Mischief • Internet sex offences • Theft • Fraud/breach of trust • Break and enter • Drugs - Possession of Drugs and Possession of Drugs for the Purpose of Trafficking • Drugs - trafficking • Drugs - importing • Weapons offences