Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition (Print & ProView)

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Drug Offences in Canada provides a unique and cutting-edge analysis of the legal issues that commonly arise in drug prosecutions.

Not just a book on drug law, Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition provides a detailed, unique, and cutting-edge analysis of all the complex legal and strategic issues that can arise in a drug case, such as a detailed examination of conspiracy law, wiretap evidence, search and seizure, police informers, property forfeiture, and criminal organizations.

As the leading text in its field for almost 40 years, Drug Offences in Canada has been trusted by lawyers and judges to provide an authoritative analysis of the conduct of drug cases. This acclaimed resource has been cited across all Canadian jurisdictions and at all levels of trial and appeal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Its focused and crisp analysis enables busy professionals to quickly understand the law, procedure, and strategy.

It also places all issues into their proper legal, historic, and legislative context, often positioning issues against the broader international picture. The unparalleled breadth, depth, and comprehensiveness of knowledge contained herein may help you successfully prepare for court with just one single resource.

New in this edition
Entirely rewritten and re-organized to meet the constantly evolving needs of defending and prosecuting counsel, the judiciary, and investigators, this text includes in-depth commentary and analysis on new, recent, and increasingly complex legal issues such as:

  • Medical marijuana
  • Drug-impaired driving
  • Evidentiary issues most common in drug cases
  • Criminal organization offences
  • Expanding provincial legislation dealing with asset forfeiture and gangs
  • Extensive analysis of the seven most common defences raised in drug cases, as well as the strategies that can be used to advance them most effectively

This new edition also provides a strategic blueprint on how to challenge the Crown's case with extended analysis on the following:

  • The frailties of eyewitness identification
  • Fingerprint evidence
  • Disreputable witnesses relied upon by the Crown
  • Expert witness evidence
  • The evidence of undercover officers, including the so-called "Mr. Big" investigative strategy, as well as a unique Internet research section found in no other criminal law text in Canada.

Also, Drug Offences, Fourth Edition welcomes Croft Michaelson, Q.C. to its author team, marking the first Canadian occasion that three barristers appointed Queen's Counsel have partnered to author a major legal textbook.

Bruce A. MacFarlane, Q.C., a co-author of Drug Offences in Canada, Fourth Edition, has been interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press.

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