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Dangerous Offender Law

Gary Botting has defended many offenders whom the Crown has attempted to designate as dangerous or long-term offenders.

Vancouver BC Major Crimes Lawyer

Sexual assault, manslaughter, terrorism, arson, sexual assault and weapons-related charges require particular attention from a skilled lawyer because of the potential long sentences, including in the case of dangerous offenders indeterminate sentences, that an accused individual may be facing. Since the revision of the dangerous offender provisions of the Criminal Code in 2008, many offenders face indeterminate or long-term sentences for offences that garner sentences of 10 years or more. Several offences such as sexual assault and kidnapping provide for a maximum punishment of life in prison. In order to prepare a strong defence for such charges, a lawyer must fully understand the legal issues involved. Violations to your Charter rights must also be considered, including:

  • the right to life, liberty and security of the person
  • the right to be treated in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice
  • the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure
  • the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned
  • the right to be told promptly of the specific alleged offence
  • the right to trial within a reasonable time
  • the right not to be forced to be a witness against oneself
  • the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty
  • the right to bail
  • the right to trial by jury
  • the right not to be found guilty for an act or omission that is not against the law
  • the right against double jeopardy
  • the right to benefit from the lesser punishment if a sentence is changed by law
  • the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual treatment or punishment
  • the right of a witness not to have his testimony used against him
  • the right to an interpreter
  • the right to legal representation

And most importantly of all:

  • the right to silence
Foreign nationals unfairly treated by Parole Board of Canada

Foreign nationals convicted of serious offences are receiving unfair treatment by the Parole Board of Canada, British Columbia cri…Read more

Parole denial violates man's Charter rights: Botting

An Iranian immigrant denied parole may be the victim of a racist system, British Columbia criminal lawyer Gary Botting tells Advoc…Read more

Writing the book on Canada’s flawed dangerous offender laws

Canada’s dangerous offender laws will be scrutinized in a forthcoming textbook co-authored by British Columbia criminal lawyer D…Read more

Commitment, Reassurance and Security — An Extradition Lawyer Providing Knowledgeable Advice

Experience in extradition necessitates experience in criminal defence generally, from arrest to appeal. Gary Botting is the lawyer to contact for all your major criminal defence needs. He will provide answers to your questions and work with you through every step of the legal process. He will provide assertive representation and stand up for your rights. He will work to achieve the best possible result in the most efficient and effective manner.

SCC ruling on dangerous offenders to have massive impact

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision will have widespread ramifications for dangerous offender cases, requiring judges to imp…Read more

SCC asked review dangerous offender ruling: Botting

British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting has been approved by Nova Scotia Legal Aid to represent at the Supreme Court of …Read more

Botting successfully appeals man's 'dangerous offender' designation

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned a dangerous offender designation for the first person to receive the classific…Read more

Contact a 'Terrorism' Defence Lawyer

Please contact the British Columbia firm of G.N.A. Botting, Barrister at the number above. Gary Botting offers free initial consultations. Legal aid-approved clients are welcome for alleged sexual assault, manslaughter, terrorism, arson and weapons offences, or alleged attempts. Jail or off-site appointments can be booked upon request.

SCC grants leave in dangerous offender case

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) has granted British Columbia criminal lawyers Gary Botting and Eric Purtzki leave to appeal the …Read more

Botting to seek leave to appeal dangerous offender status at SCC

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned the B.C. Supreme Court’s declaration in R. v. Boutilier that the dangerous o…Read more

Dangerous offender label inappropriate for 'protracted domestic dispute'

British Columbia lawyer and legal scholar Dr. Gary Botting says the Crown’s application to have a man designated a dangerous off…Read more

Botting to argue key dangerous offender case before B.C. Court of Appeal

British Columbia lawyer and legal scholar Dr. Gary Botting will appear before that province's Court of Appeal next month to affirm…Read more