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Ottawa Citizen: Reports of hate motivated incidents in Ottawa jump 23.5 per cent in first half of 2023: Police

Armoured Suits: Defending Your Rights

Definitions of what constitutes a hate crime are highly variable, and as a consequence, can generate inconsistency in statistics purporting to measure the activity.

According to the Ottawa Police Service, a hate crime is:

A criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by the suspect/offender’s hate/bias against a racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation or disability group.


The Criminal Code of Canada describes a hate crime as:

Public incitement of hatred

(1) Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace is guilty of

  • (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
  • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Wilful promotion of hatred

(2) Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group is guilty of

  • (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years; or
  • (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.

We firmly believe in the principles of justice, fairness, and the presumption of innocence. Our team of defense lawyers understands the complexity and sensitivity surrounding these charges. We are committed to providing comprehensive legal support while upholding the rights of our clients throughout the legal proceedings.

Areas of Expertise

As a leading defense law firm, we offer a range of legal services, including:

Legal Representation: We provide aggressive and strategic legal representation for individuals accused of hate crimes. Our experienced defense lawyers will carefully examine the evidence, challenge legal procedures, and build a robust defense to protect your rights and ensure a fair trial.

Case Analysis and Strategy: With a deep understanding of hate crime laws and precedents, we analyze each case methodically. Our skilled lawyers will develop tailored legal strategies to challenge the prosecution’s case, uncover any potential biases or errors, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.

Protection of Constitutional Rights: We vigorously defend our clients’ constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to a fair trial. Our lawyers are well-versed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and will utilize this knowledge to safeguard your fundamental liberties.


Client-Centered Approach

At Armoured Suits, we understand the stress and uncertainty that comes with being accused of a hate crime. Our client-centered approach ensures that you are supported, informed, and involved throughout the legal process. We prioritize open communication, and our dedicated team will address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide honest and realistic advice at every stage.


Contact Us

If you or someone you know is facing allegations of a hate crime and requires experienced legal representation, please contact Armoured Suits today. Schedule a confidential consultation with one of our skilled defense lawyers. We will assess your case, explain your legal options, and develop a robust defense strategy to protect your rights.


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