We can handle any criminal case BIG OR SMALL.
Heather Pringle obtained her Master's degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and graduated from the faculty of law at Queen's University in 1999. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001 and has practised exclusively in the field of criminal law since. Heather has conducted numerous serious trials and appeals, including several murder cases.
Heather is an executive with the Ontario Criminal Lawyer's Association and, for several years, has been review counsel with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. She has published articles on search and seizure in the Criminal Law Quarterly and the Criminal Reports, and has been a panellist at several criminal law conferences.
Heather is a tireless advocate for defending the rights of persons accused of crime, whether at trial or on appeal. Heather has a strong success rate in arguing appeals before both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
R. Craig Bottomley graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2003. While in law school, Craig was a participant in the highly regarded Criminal Intensive Law Program. After being called to the Bar, Craig worked as an associate at a respected criminal law firm before becoming a sole practitioner in 2007.
Craig is an executive with the Criminal Lawyers' Association. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a regular panelist at legal education conferences and is often asked to provide analysis for media outlets.
Craig divides his practice evenly between trial and appellate work and has successfully represented clients charged with murder, sexual assault, serious frauds, complex drug cases and criminal organization.
Craig has a particular interest in litigating breaches of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has secured numerous acquittals for clients in this fashion.
Chris Sewrattan regularly conducts trials and appeals at every level of court in Ontario. He has successfully participated in the defence of a wide range of criminal charges, from impaired driving through to murder.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Chris received numerous course awards for finishing first in his class. He holds a Bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of Toronto. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a probation officer.
Outside of the courtroom, Chris remains active in legal research and writing. He has published a number of articles in academic legal journals, including the UBC Law Review, Criminal Law Quarterly, and Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues.
The stories below detail some of our successes in Court. They do not reflect the charges that the
lawyers at Pringle & Bottomley routinely get withdrawn before a trial ever starts.
Client charged with possessing a significant amount of marijuana after the police executed a search warrant at his home. The charges were dismissed after it was argued that the delay caused by a Crown failure to provide disclosure violated the client's right to a trial in a reasonable time.
Client charged with impaired driving after he sped past the police and collided with a building. The client was acquitted after a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client was charged after the Guns & Gangs Task Force executed a search warrant and found him in a room with three handguns, a duffle bag full of narcotics, cash and 350 rounds of ammunition. The client was discharged on all counts following a preliminary inquiry in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking when police saw him fidgeting in the back of their cruiser following his arrest on unrelated charges. The rear seat of the cruiser was searched and the narcotics were discovered underneath the client. He had $840 in cash in his pockets. The client was acquitted of all charges following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged with possessing heroin, cocaine, marijuana and $45,000 in cash after the police executed a series of search warrants. The Crown withdrew all of these charges following a preliminary inquiry in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Court ordered the money returned to the client.
Client was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after he drove away from his girlfriend's home and was stopped by police who were armed with a search warrant. A search of his car revealed nothing, but a search of his girlfriend's home revealed a significant amount of heroin. The client was discharged after a preliminary inquiry.
Client charged with two counts of assault and assault with a weapon after a fistfight with his neighbour. The Crown withdrew the charges after the complainant admitted in cross-examination that he had started the fight.
Client acquitted of a serious sexual assault after a trial where the complainant was caught in a series of lies. The trial judge excluded the client's statement as involuntary, disbelieved the complainant and accepted the client's evidence.
The client was stopped at the roadside after he was spotted by police driving backwards away from a RIDE check. He was then videotaped by the police failing to provide a suitable sample of his breath despite 5 separate attempts. The client was acquitted of failing to provide a breath sample after a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged for impaired driving and "over .80" after the car she was in crashed through a stone wall on private property. On the way to the police station, she admitted (on video) to being the driver and later blew more than double the legal blood/alcohol limit. She was found not guilty following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged after being identified as the gunman responsible for a home invasion where shots were fired at the homeowner. The client was discharged on all counts following a preliminary inquiry.
Client charged following the execution of search warrants on his car and his girlfriend's apartment. A gun was found in the apartment. The bullets were found in a locked safe. The client had the only key to the safe, but was found not guilty of all counts following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with dozens of break & enters across Ontario. Immediately before his arrest, the police followed S.S. to the scene of a break & enter and waited nearby. Afterwards, the police pulled him over and found a bag of stolen jewelry in his car. S.S. was then charged with a slew of other burglaries that fit a unique fact pattern. After the cross-examination of the lead officer, the Crown withdrew nearly every charge and the client was released from custody.
Successful appeal against conviction for a client whom the trial judge found guilty of assaulting his wife and three children. The trial judge was overturned when she was found to have engaged in a prohibited path of propensity reasoning.
Client charged with "over .80" after being pulled over by the police. It quickly came to light that the client was driving in contradiction of a prohibition. During the subsequent search of the car, the police located a prohibited weapon. The client was also charged with violating a weapons prohibition. The client was found not guilty on all counts following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Clients charged following a month-long investigation where the RCMP followed a 5 tonne shipment of hashish from Pakistan up to the point of delivery. The clients were acquitted following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with attempted murder after slashing the face, arm and stomach of the complainant. This was observed by three witnesses who were leaving their church. These three witnesses testified that they heard the accused shout "die, die, die" as he slashed at the complainant with a knife. All charges were dismissed following a Superior Court trial.
Client was charged with living off the avails of prostitution and exercising control over a prostitute after being arrested breaking into a hotel room while armed with a knife. The client was acquitted of these charges following a trial.
Client charged with violating his bail, which prohibited him from sitting in the front seat of any motor vehicle. The police caught him driving his car. He was acquitted at trial.
Successful appeal against conviction for an accused who had been convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge had erred by improperly depriving the Appellant of an available defence.
Client was charged with attempted murder after he was alleged to have stabbed a man in the head outside an LCBO. The charges were dismissed after a preliminary inquiry.
The client was charged with the possession of 55 kilograms of marijuana after the police executed a search warrant at an apartment he was alleged to control. After a preliminary inquiry, the charges were dismissed.
The client was charged with voyeurism when public complaints led to an undercover police investigation at a subway station. Following the cross-examination of the Crown's main witness and the filing of a Charter application, the charges were withdrawn.
Client charged with murder after he was seen on video following the victim into a hallway where he was shot to death minutes later. As the victim lay dying, he made an utterance to the police that implicated S.B. The client was found not guilty following a jury trial in the Superior Court.
Client was charged with impaired driving and failing to provide a breath sample. A lengthy written argument was submitted to the Court about Charter violations committed by the arresting police officer. After cross-examination of the very first witness, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charges.
Successful appeal for a client who had been convicted of assault arising from a road rage incident. After the conviction was overturned, the Crown was convinced to abandon the re-trial.
The Crown brought an application to have D.D. declared a Dangerous Offender and imprisoned for the rest of his life. D.D. had a criminal record for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and several gun point robberies. This application was successfully resisted and the Crown's application was dismissed following a hearing in the Superior Court.
Defeated an application by the Crown in Superior Court to seize property bearing the Hells Angels emblem as offence-related property. As a result, the Federal Government was compelled to return the Hells Angels property to the individual members.
Client was charged with a myriad of gun and drug offences after he was stopped by the police while driving. The police found a loaded gun by the driver's pedal next to a bag of pills. A further search revealed a large quantity of marijuana. The client was acquitted of all charges following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with over .80 and impaired driving when he was seen driving the wrong way through a drive-thru and nearly hitting a number of people in the attached parking lot. After the cross-examination of two civilian witnesses, the Crown withdrew all criminal charges.
Successful appeal against conviction for an accused who had been convicted of importing nearly a kilogram of cocaine.
Client was charged with the knife-point robbery of two college students. Following a cross-examination of the complainants, where a number of weaknesses in the Crown's case were revealed, the charges were withdrawn.
Client was charged with smuggling large quantities of various narcotics into a Toronto jail. The client's case was delayed in getting to trial for over a year, largely due to a Crown failure to provide disclosure. All charges were dismissed after it was argued that the delay violated the client's right to have her trial within a reasonable time.
Client charged with trafficking in marijuana and ecstasy following sales to undercover police officers. The charges against the client were dismissed when the Court found that he had been beaten by the police even though he had not acted violently in any way. In finding that excessive force had been used, the Court held that the evidence of the officer was "evasive and contrived".
Client charged with a myriad of gun offences after police stopped him in a park and found two firearms in a backpack. At the end of the trial, the client was acquitted of all charges.
Client charged as one of the main co-conspirators alleged to have planned the property damage during the G20 summit in Toronto. After the cross-examination of the undercover officer who infiltrated this group, the charges were withdrawn.
Clients were among six accused charged with a series of sexual assaults against fellow church members. After five weeks of cross-examination of the complainants, the Crown withdrew all charges.
Client was charged with numerous firearms offences after being arrested after a lengthy period of police surveillance. After cross-examination of the officers involved in the surveillance, arrest and search of the client, all charges were stayed.
Client charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking a significant amount of ketamine. In acquitting the accused, the trial judge found that she could not rely on the evidence of the Crown's expert witness due to issues uncovered in cross-examination.
Successful representation of Mr. O who was charged with first degree murder by having this charge quashed at the preliminary inquiry. The Crown appealed this decision and brought an application to have the charge of first degree murder reinstated. This application was defeated by Pringle and Bottomley in Superior Court.
Client charged as the head of a criminal organization after an eighteen-month-long investigation into the Hells Angels. The client was acquitted of all charges relating to criminal organization.
Client facing charges relating to firearms, cocaine, marijuana and proceeds of crime found in her home. All of the charges were dismissed after the Crown's expert witness was shown to be speculating.
Convinced the Court to exclude evidence found in a warrantless search of client's home. After the evidence was excluded, the Crown had no evidence to support a conviction.
Secured a sentence of house arrest for Mr. N. who pled guilty to a series of serious drug trafficking allegations. The arrest took place as part of a large scale investigation netting several accused. Our client was the only one who did not receive a jail sentence.
Successful appeal of T.L.'s conviction at the Court of Appeal. T.L. had been found guilty at trial by a jury of a series of gun point robberies.
Successful appeal of Mr. K.'s conviction for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Our opinions and analysis are frequently sought by the press. When our cases end up in the media,
we know how to deal with public scrutiny and minimize the impact on our clients.
Charges dropped, but Oshawa house still seized as proceed of crime
Third time's a charm for twice-convicted gunman
Legal minefield awaits child murder suspect
Kachkar found not criminally responsible
Judge blasts Crown delays as he stays judo teacher's charges
Toronto police corruption trial: Jury shows public expects integrity, investigator says
Drug charges stayed after suspect 'assaulted without justification'
Hundreds of sex charges dropped against church members
Toronto police TAVIS stop of four teens ends in arrests captured on video
Neighbour feuds: How a small tear in a garden hose led to a criminal trial
Encounter with TAVIS police escalated for four teens
Drug trial might get tossed because jury members Googled the case
Ontario government forced to return property to Hells Angels
Charges of gang rape against Korean church members withdrawn
85 police strip searches a day 'too high'
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