Effective representation in criminal law, regulatory defence, and disciplinary matters.
“Strong and effective advocacy requires full commitment. Ensuring the best possible outcome in every case is the priority. A client should expect a focused, efficient, and thorough defence with me as their lawyer."
— Melanie J. Webb
Effective representation will ensure the preservation of evidence that may be critical to the defence, protecting the rights of the individual or corporation under investigation and, in some cases, may successfully avoid the laying of charges entirely.
A proper defence originates from a full understanding of the essential elements of the offence alleged. This begins with the wording of the charge and can expand to a wide array of issues.
Ms. Webb has extensive experience representing clients on appeal in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also prepared several applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ms. Webb has defended individuals on trial since she was a law student at her university legal clinic. Her experience representing clients at trials and preliminary inquiries over the course of a decade has made her a forceful and persuasive advocate—both inside and outside the courtroom.
Extradition & Mutual Legal Assistance
When an individual is accused of crimes in another country, and the requesting State seeks to extradite the accused from Canada to face charges, he/she is entitled to a hearing to challenge committal for extradition.
Professional Discipline & Regulatory Matters
Ms. Webb has represented clients before various professional discipline bodies and tribunals, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Toronto Police Service Tribunal, and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.
Ms. Webb has represented clients in several extradition matters for serious offences including murder, and is well-versed with the relevant statutory provisions and procedure.
She has also defended clients charged with regulatory offences, including breaches of the Ontario Securities Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Environmental Protection Act, as well as driving-related offences contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
Being criminally charged and facing the prospect of conviction can be an overwhelming experience. It can also have a severe impact on several aspects of one’s life: employment, immigration status, family relationships, and reputation, to name a few.
It is therefore critical to retain an experienced lawyer who will move swiftly on behalf of the accused, and take all steps necessary to construct a sound defence. This may include:
As a tireless and committed defender, Ms. Webb prides herself on her dedication to her clients’ best interests. Known for her organized and methodical approach to her cases, she makes use of all available resources to mount a full and vigorous defence.
Below is a selection of some of the many criminal matters in which Ms. Webb has secured successful outcomes for her clients.
Murder Appeal (R. v. R.H.)
Appeal against conviction and sentence for murder. Appeal allowed: new trial ordered. Bail pending new trial granted, while opposed by the Crown.
Accessory to Murder Charge (R. v. M.T)
Accused’s charge of accessory after the fact to murder withdrawn.
Kidnapping Charges (R. v. J.G.)
Accused acquitted of kidnapping and forcible confinement.
Sexual Assault Charge (R. v. M. R.)
Accused acquitted of all counts of sexual assault and simple assault involving multiple complainants.
Sexual Assault Charge (R. v. M. V.)
Appeal against conviction for sexual assault allowed.
Sexual Assault Charge (R. v. H. L.)
Accused acquitted of sexual assault.
Voyeurism and Related Charges (R. v. J. J.)
Several counts of voyeurism, mischief, and unlawful use of computer withdrawn.
Possession of Firearm Charges (R. v. R.B.)
Accused’s multiple charges of unauthorized possession of firearm, theft, possession of break-in instruments, and possession of property obtained by crime withdrawn after demonstration of serious Charter issues.
Possession of Firearm Charges (R. v. K.R.)
Accused’s multiple firearms-related charges withdrawn.
Possession of Firearm Charges (R. v. A.L.)
Accused’s multiple firearms-related charges withdrawn.
Drug Possession and Related Charges (R. v. X.Y.)
Accused’s multiple drug and proceeds of crime charges, and other related offences, withdrawn mid-trial.
Drug Possession Charges (R. v. K.D.)
Accused’s charge of possession of cocaine withdrawn after demonstration of serious Charter issues.
Drug Trafficking Charges (R. v. K.P.)
Accused’s charge of trafficking heroin withdrawn.
Drug Possession and Related Charges (R. v. R.F.)
Accused’s multiple drug and property-related offences stayed.
Marijuana Production Charges (R. v. G.M.)
Accused’s charges of production of marijuana (grow-op) and mischief over $5000 withdrawn.
Assault Charges (R. v. M.S.)
Accused acquitted of multiple charges of assault with weapon, assault, weapons dangerous, utter threat.
Assault Charge (R. v. R.S.)
Accused’s charges of assault with weapon and breach of peace bond withdrawn.
Aggravated Assault and Criminal Negligence Charges (R. v. M.S.)
Accused acquitted of aggravated assault, criminal negligence cause bodily harm.
Fraud Charges (R. v. B.C.)
All of the accused’s charges in a moderately large fraud case withdrawn.
Obstruction of Justice and Related Charges (R. v. C.C.)
Accused’s charges of obstruction of justice, intimidation of a justice system participant X 3, and utter threat withdrawn after preliminary hearing.
Theft and Related Charges (R. v. N.C.)
Accused’s charges of theft over, assault resist, and other charges withdrawn.
Robbery and Drug Possession Charges (R. v. V.K.)
Accused’s multiple charges of robbery X 2, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, obstruct peace officer and failure to comply X 3 withdrawn.
Break & enter (R. v. R.M.)
Appeal against conviction and sentence for several break & enter offences. Appeal allowed: new trial ordered.
Impaired Driving Charge (R. v. I.K.)
Accused’s charge of impaired driving withdrawn following demonstration of serious Charter issues.
Stunt Driving Conviction (R. v. E.B.)
Accused’s conviction for stunt driving overturned on appeal; charge withdrawn.
Stunt Driving Charges (R. v. S.S.)
Accused’s charge of stunt driving withdrawn.
Drug Trafficking Sentence (R. v. M.R.)
Crown asked for a penitentiary sentence for an accused convicted of trafficking heroin. Following submissions, accused given a suspended sentence (no prison time).
Drug Trafficking Sentence (R. v. J.F.)
Accused’s charge of trafficking cocaine was withdrawn after a plea to simple possession. Accused served no jail-time.
Ms. Webb has conducted countless bail hearings. She has been successful in securing release for offences ranging from guns to kidnapping to murder. She is also well-experienced in preparing and arguing applications for bail pending appeal and has succeeded in obtaining bail for an applicant seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
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For the Defence, Vol. 38, No. 4, January 2018
Melanie J. Webb | Barrister
116 Simcoe Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario M5H 4E2
Office: (416) 323-3242
Fax: (416) 596-2598
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