How Do I Defend a Bylaw Charge?
In Many Circumstances a Bylaw Charge Can Be Fought Similarly to the Process In Which a Traffic Ticket May Be Fought. Of Course, There Are Never Guarantees For a Sure Win; However, Diligent Review of the Evidence and the Applicable Law May Reveal a Strong Defence Strategy.
A Helpful Guide On How to Determine Whether to Fight Municipal Bylaw Charges
Some people will say, "You can't fight City Hall!" Of course, this is untrue; however, without skilled legal representation such as assistance from GBOC Paralegal Services, fighting city hall can indeed be a very difficult uphill battle.
Examples of cases involving municipal by-law offences which GBOC Paralegal Services may be able to provide legal help include:
- The erecting of signage without a permit, see: R. (City of Hamilton) v. Ellis, 2010 ONCJ 217;
- The improper cutting or removal of trees, see: R. (County of Elgin) v. Nirta, 2012 ONCJ 629;
- The operating of a taxi without a license, see: R. (City of Toronto) v. Rainal, 2006 ONCJ 335;
- The operating of a business contrary to proper zoning, see: R. (Municipality of Chatham-Kent) v. Benoit, 2004 ONCJ 446; and
- The permitting of, or failure to prevent, touching between patrons and exotic dancers, see: R. (City of Toronto) v. Zanzibar, 2007 ONCJ 4012
With literally hundreds of by-laws applicable within each Ontario municipality, keeping up with all the various by-law offences can be next to impossible; accordingly, if you, or your business, is charged with a by-law offence, hire GBOC Paralegal Services for your representation.