Criminal law covers a wide range of offenses, from minor misdemeanours to serious felonies. Some common criminal matters include:

  • Theft: Theft is the act of taking someone else’s property without their consent. It can range from shoplifting to embezzlement and can be charged as a misdemeanour or a felony depending on the value of the stolen property.
  • Assault and battery: Assault involves an act that creates a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact. Battery involves actual physical contact. Depending on the severity of the offense, assault and battery can be charged as misdemeanours or felonies.
  • Drug offenses: Drug offenses include the possession, distribution, and manufacture of illegal drugs. The severity of the offense and the resulting penalties vary depending on the type and quantity of drugs involved.
  • DUI/DWI: Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) involves operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The penalties for DUI/DWI can include fines, license suspension, and even jail time.
  • Domestic violence: Domestic violence involves any kind of abuse or violence between family members, spouses, or intimate partners. It can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse and can be charged as a misdemeanour or a felony depending on the severity of the offense.
  • White-collar crimes: White-collar crimes involve nonviolent offenses committed by businesses or individuals for financial gain. Examples include embezzlement, fraud, and insider trading.