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Arun S. Maini, lawyer and founder of The Defence Group, has practised criminal law since 1995. He’s a graduate of the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University Law School. After completing his articles at a Bay St. law firm, Mr. Maini joined the federal Department of Justice as a prosecutor of drug trafficking, tax evasion, and immigration fraud cases in Toronto, Brampton and Vancouver. In 1999, Mr. Maini transferred to the provincial Crown attorney’s office in Brampton, where he prosecuted a wide range of criminal offences, from theft to murder. In 2003, Mr. Maini left the government to establish The Defence Group. Mr. Maini handles all criminal offences and regulatory prosecutions.

Over more than 25 years as a criminal lawyer, Mr. Maini has prosecuted and defended hundreds of criminal cases, and has extensive jury trial experience. Mr. Maini has also lectured at The Advocates’ Society and has taught advocacy at the Law Society and Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy program. Maini appears occasionally in the media to comment on criminal law – see examples from the CBC, the Toronto Star, and the National Post.

Should I Choose a Trial by Jury or Judge?

Should I Choose a Trial by Jury or Judge?

Posted By on 20-04-2022

I am facing serious criminal charges. The Crown is proceeding by indictment. READ MORE

The Three Stages of a Criminal Case

The Three Stages of a Criminal Case

Posted By on 08-03-2022

There are three stages to a criminal case: the Analysis; the Negotiation; and, if necessary, the Trial. READ MORE

What Is a Rape Shield Law? (Part 1)

What Is a Rape Shield Law? (Part 1)

Posted By on 06-03-2022

A rape shield law doesn’t stop rape (or sexual assault, the more correct legal term), but rather is designed to screen questions that the... READ MORE

What Is a Conditional Sentence? (Part Two)

What Is a Conditional Sentence? (Part Two)

Posted By on 02-03-2022

A conditional sentence is a sentence of house arrest that takes place at home rather than in a real jail. READ MORE

What Is a Conditional Sentence? (Part One)

What Is a Conditional Sentence? (Part One)

Posted By on 25-02-2022

A conditional sentence is a jail sentence which is served not in jail, but at home, or, to use the more formal expression, “in the community”. READ MORE

Sexual Assault: A Matter of Conviction (Part 3)

Sexual Assault: A Matter of Conviction (Part 3)

Posted By on 23-02-2022

For hundreds of years, an individual has had the right in serious cases to be tried by a “jury of his peers”. READ MORE

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