Criminal and Regulatory Defence
Your criminal lawyer is critical to securing an acquittal, whether at trial or through effective pre-trial negotiations. A seasoned defence counsel and former prosecutor, Mindy represents clients facing any criminal or regulatory charge. She is experienced in dealing with a broad variety of offences, including charges under:
- The Criminal Code
- The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
- The Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
- The Income Tax Act
- The Employment Insurance Act
- The Canadian Environmental Protection Act
Mindy brings a thorough and calculated approach to every file and ensures that you receive the best possible defence.
Except in rare cases, an appeal is your last chance to beat criminal charges or to reduce a lengthy sentence. This is why Mindy takes an intensely focused approach that begins with securing you bail pending appeal. A meticulous legal researcher, she crafts compelling arguments and fearlessly advocates on your behalf.
If you are a regulated professional, an appeal may be the final resort for retaining your right to work in your profession. Mindy appeals disciplinary decisions to tribunals and courts including the Ontario Divisional Court, Appeal Committees, and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.
Mindy understands how hard you worked to obtain your professional designation and the risk that a complaint or investigation can pose to your career. She vigorously defends professionals at the Committee and Disciplinary Hearing stages of the discipline process. Where necessary, Mindy seeks judicial reviews of decisions that impact your livelihood.
Mindy writes decisions for the Discipline Committee of a professional college. From this work, she has gained unique insight into how disciplinary panels arrive at their decisions. Mindy uses this insight to effectively advocate for professionals at the hearing stage.
A skilled negotiator, Mindy resolves matters prior to the hearing stage when possible. She assists a wide range of regulated professionals including pharmacists, optometrists, massage therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, chiropractors, psychotherapists, nurses, dentists, and accountants.
Allegations of insurance fraud are serious and can negatively impact your career, your employment, and lead to criminal charges. If an insurance company is alleging you made false claims for insurance benefits, the results can be catastrophic - you might be terminated from your employment, charged with criminal offences, or sued by the insurance company.
Having an experienced lawyer is key to defending yourself. A lawyer will communicate with an insurance company on your behalf, shielding you from making statements that can later be used against you. A lawyer will approach your situation with an understanding of how to resolve the issues while simultaneously safeguarding you from criminal liability.
As a former prosecutor, Mindy Caterina assists clients being investigated and audited by insurance companies with a view to protecting her clients' livelihoods and protecting her clients from potential criminal charges. She understands how dealing with allegations of insurance benefits fraud can impact your your business - for example, if your business services are delisted by your insurance company.
Do not speak with an insurance investigator without first speaking to an experienced lawyer. The best resolutions are achieved when you speak to a lawyer as early as possible in the process.
Being charged with a criminal offence, or even simply being investigated by the police, can have significant and detrimental impacts on your personal and corporate reputation. Mindy works closely with experienced public relations professionals who routinely represent prominent Canadian personalities and Fortune 500 companies. Together, they craft a dual-track plan with the twin goals of protecting you and your business from criminal charges and managing your public reputation.
Mindy ensures you and your representatives understand how to best navigate media attention, how to deal with tough questions fairly and transparently, and how to manage your online and social media presence.
Contact our office today for a FREE initial consultation
Contact us as early as possible to maximize your chances for the best result
2601-180 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M5G 1Z8
Mindy Caterina is a Toronto-based lawyer with a practice devoted to criminal, regulatory, and professional discipline matters.