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Scott Pearl

Phone: 416-550-6554
Email: stephen@thecriminallawteam.ca



Sheppard & Yonge location, Toronto, Ontario Click here for MAP

Scott Pearl is the newest addition to The Criminal Law Team and has vast amounts of experience in the criminal law field. Appearing in front of municipal and provincial courts, Scott has earned himself a reputation in the Greater Toronto Area, most notable in Highway Traffic Act cases.

In addition, Scott has experience working for two of Canada’s largest criminal law firms and has earned a great amount of experience working with various levels of criminal law and under dire circumstances.

Not only has Scott accepted legal aid to fight for his client’s justice, but Scott has also been able to fight the Crown in order his clients’ cases to be funded after they had been previously denied legal aid.

 

Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer

Having appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Scott Pearl has gained great experience representing his clients that have been charge with various criminal offences ranging from sexual and domestic assault, possession and trafficking of drugs, robbery, breaking and entering, mischief, fraud, and breaching bail conditions and probation orders.

Scott has shown that he is not afraid to go to trial and fight your case to the very end and until options have been used. In addition, he has also been able to successfully achieve discharges, peace bonds and complete charge withdrawals before trial for many of his clients.

Having previously worked for the largest criminal defence firm in Canada, Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini (formerly Pinkofsky’s), facing challenging substance abuse, mental health issues and poverty cases, Scott joined the Criminal Law Team to continue to fight for his clients’ rights in 2017.

Background

In 2009, Scott Pearl received his Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from McGill University. He later went on to earn his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Western Ontario in 2012. Scott’s passion for criminal law had developed while working for Community Legal Services, Western’s legal aid clinic.

As a student at Western, Scott defended citizens of London that had been charged with summary offences who’s financial situation had disqualified them from any legal aid. Seeing this problem, Scott decided to fight the Crown for his clients to receive legal aid. He had also achieved great amounts of success that included securing an acquittal at trial for a client charged with possessing a controlled substance, obtaining a discharge for a client charged with domestic assault when the Crown wanted a conviction and permanent criminal record, and drafting an appeal factum that resulted in the overturning of a conviction for possession of marijuana on grounds that the client’s Charter right to speak to a lawyer was violated.

Community involvement

Scott has become a larger presence in Ontario through his volunteer efforts that include assisting elementary school mock trials and as a panelist for many criminal justice related discussions. While in his community, Scott volunteers on a weekly basis at the Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, which aims to bring meals to residents living in the east end of Toronto.

Notable Cases

R. v. K.P. (2013) – Client acquitted of breaching his bail conditions on a directed verdict, after arguing Crown evidence of the offence was inadmissible at trial.

R. v. G.P. (2015) – Successfully argued at the Court of Appeal for Ontario that a client’s sentence for robbery should be reduced from 1 year to 6 months less a day, so that she could appeal her deportation order.

R. v. T.M. (2016) – Serious drug charges were stayed against my client at the Superior Court of Justice unless and until the Crown funded his defence. The judge commented that Legal Aid’s maximums are not realistic as they are far below poverty-level income in Ontario.

R. v. A.D. (2016) – Client who was facing significant jail time discharged of break and enter, theft, possession of stolen property and disguise with intent at his preliminary inquiry, avoiding a lengthy jury trial.

R. v. A.D. (2016) – Client acquitted of mischief after raising an alibi defence at trial.

R. v. T.M. (2017) – Obtained a suspended sentence at the Superior Court of Justice for a client found in possession of an ounce of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, despite the Crown asking for a 20-month jail sentence.

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