We can handle any criminal case BIG OR SMALL.
Heather Pringle has been a criminal lawyer since 2001, when she was called to the bar for Ontario. Since her call to the bar, she has practiced exclusively in the field of criminal law. She defends all manner of clients and charges, from theft to drugs, to murder.
Heather has a strong success rate in arguing appeals, both before the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. She is a member of the duty counsel roster at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, a volunteer review counsel with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, and is on the executive of the Criminal Lawyers Association. Heather has also published articles on search and seizure in the Criminal Law Quarterly and the Criminal Reports, and lectures frequently at criminal law conferences.
Recent appellate successes include R. v. M. (2014) ONCA 780, R. v. L.V.B. (2014) ONCA 522, R. v. J. (2014) ONCA 631, R. v. L. (2013) ONSC 2085, R. v. B. (2012) ONCA 716, R. v. P. (2012) ONCA 904,. Her successes at trial and on appeal are complemented by the numerous occasions Heather successfully had serious charges withdrawn or stayed, prior to trial.
Heather operates her practice as a sole practitioner, practicing in association with Craig Bottomley and his associates. This is not a law firm: Ms. Pringle represents her clients individually and independently. In order to contact Heather directly, you may:
Call (416) 729 1099
toll free 1 (877) 775 4577
Fax toll free 1 (877) 775 4578
R. Craig Bottomley graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2003. While in law school, Craig was a participant in the highly regarded Criminal Intensive Law Program. After being called to the Bar, Craig worked as an associate at a respected criminal law firm before becoming a sole practitioner in 2007.
Craig is an executive with the Criminal Lawyers' Association. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a regular panelist at legal education conferences and is often asked to provide analysis for media outlets.
Craig divides his practice evenly between trial and appellate work and has successfully represented clients charged with murder, sexual assault, serious frauds, complex drug cases and criminal organization.
Craig has a particular interest in litigating breaches of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and has secured numerous acquittals for clients in this fashion.
Sherif practices in criminal defence and civil litigation, and does both trials and appeals at every level of court. He works hard for his clients and always gets them the best possible result.
Sherif graduated with the second-highest grade in his class in law school at the University of Ottawa, earning the silver medal. During law school, he competed in several moot court competitions, including the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna, where he argued in both preliminary and playoff rounds. His team won the championship that year, beating over 250 other universities from around the world.
Throughout law school, Sherif spent his summers working at international law firms in Montreal and Geneva.
After law school, Sherif received a scholarship to attend the University of Oxford for his Master’s in Law and Finance, where he graduated with Distinction.
Sherif completed his articling at an international law firm in Montreal, then clerked for Justice Thomas Cromwell at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Sherif is called to the bar in New York, Quebec, and Ontario. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.
Mayleah entered criminal law to fight wrongful convictions. Every step of her career has been designed to put her in the best possible position to stand against miscarriages of justice. Mayleah practices both criminal and quasi-criminal law. She represents clients facing charges at all levels of the criminal court, and clients facing allegations of misconduct in front of the Law Society Tribunal.
Mayleah attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. During her time as a law student, Mayleah worked and volunteered at the University’s Legal Aid Clinic, Downtown Legal Services, representing clients in the criminal courts and clients facing allegations of academic and non-academic misconduct as part of the University’s discipline process. She also spent some time volunteering for AIDWYC (now Innocence Canada). After she obtained her J.D. she articled in the Discipline Department at the Law Society of Upper Canada where she assisted in and ran hearings in Conduct, Capacity, and Good Character investigations. Following her call to the bar, Mayleah practiced as a sole practitioner working with senior counsel to defend clients on both criminal and Law Society matters. Mayleah has also represented young people facing expulsion in front of School Boards and at the Child and Family Services Review Board.
Mayleah is committed to ensuring that her clients receive the best possible defence.
The stories below detail some of our successes in Court.
They do not reflect the charges that the lawyers at Pringle & Bottomley routinely get withdrawn before a trial ever starts.
Client charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the heart during a home invasion. All charges were dismissed after the cross-examination of the eyewitnesses at a preliminary inquiry.
Client charged with driving “over .80” after the police smelled alcohol on his breath during a traffic stop. The client was taken to an OPP detachment in Aurora despite being stopped in Concord. The breath readings were not considered by the judge, who found that the police had failed to obtain the breath sample in a timely fashion. The client was acquitted after a trial.
Client charged with assault. A disgruntled ex-employee came in to the place of employment demanding payment. The client forcefully ejected the complainant from the premises, during which the complainant sustained injuries. After cross-examining the complainant and presenting a defence of self-defence and defence of property, the client was acquitted.
Successful appeal for a client who had his home searched by police acting with a warrant. The police found significant amounts of opiates secreted around the home. The Court of Appeal found that the trial judge had engaged in prohibited reasoning and overturned the conviction.
Client charged with committing an indecent act after a woman said he was sitting on a park bench exposing his genitals to women as they walked by. Police seized his shorts, which had a large hole in the crotch. He was not wearing underwear. Client was acquitted after trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Successful appeal for a client where the police had searched his home without a warrant and uncovered a marijuana grow-operation. The Court of Appeal held that the police had violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, excluded the marijuana from evidence and acquitted the client.
Client charged with assaulting his girlfriend by throwing her to the ground in a parking lot. One of the on-lookers was an off-duty police officer who described the assault as a “body slam”. All criminal charges were withdrawn the morning of the trial.
Police chased client from a home where they had executed a search warrant. The police claimed that they saw the client throw a satchel, from which they later recovered a significant amount of cocaine alongside the client’s wallet. Client was acquitted after a trial in the Superior Court of Justice
Client charged with assaulting and threatening his former girlfriend. The incident was captured on video. All criminal charges were withdrawn the morning of the trial.
Client charged with failing to provide a sample of his breath to a police officer who suspected he had been drinking and driving. The charges were laid after he failed to provide the sample six separate times. The client was acquitted after a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged with perjury and obstructing justice after having a family member committed to a hospital against his will. The charges were stayed after it was successfully argued that the trial had been unreasonably delayed by the Crown.
Client charged with sexually assaulting his babysitter. He was acquitted after a trial following a successful cross-examination of the complainant and her mother.
Client charged with assaulting a TTC Driver. He was acquitted after a trial where the TTC Driver was confronted with security footage that contradicted his evidence.
Client charged with possessing a significant amount of marijuana after the police executed a search warrant at his home. The charges were dismissed after it was argued that the delay caused by a Crown failure to provide disclosure violated the client's right to a trial in a reasonable time.
Client charged with impaired driving after he sped past the police and collided with a building. The client was acquitted after a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client was charged after the Guns & Gangs Task Force executed a search warrant and found him in a room with three handguns, a duffle bag full of narcotics, cash and 350 rounds of ammunition. The client was discharged on all counts following a preliminary inquiry in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client was charged with possessing heroin and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking when police saw him fidgeting in the back of their cruiser following his arrest on unrelated charges. The rear seat of the cruiser was searched and the narcotics were discovered underneath the client. He had $840 in cash in his pockets. The client was acquitted of all charges following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged with possessing heroin, cocaine, marijuana and $45,000 in cash after the police executed a series of search warrants. The Crown withdrew all of these charges following a preliminary inquiry in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Court ordered the money returned to the client.
Client was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after he drove away from his girlfriend's home and was stopped by police who were armed with a search warrant. A search of his car revealed nothing, but a search of his girlfriend's home revealed a significant amount of heroin. The client was discharged after a preliminary inquiry.
Client charged with two counts of assault and assault with a weapon after a fistfight with his neighbour. The Crown withdrew the charges after the complainant admitted in cross-examination that he had started the fight.
Client acquitted of a serious sexual assault after a trial where the complainant was caught in a series of lies. The trial judge excluded the client's statement as involuntary, disbelieved the complainant and accepted the client's evidence.
The client was stopped at the roadside after he was spotted by police driving backwards away from a RIDE check. He was then videotaped by the police failing to provide a suitable sample of his breath despite 5 separate attempts. The client was acquitted of failing to provide a breath sample after a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged for impaired driving and "over .80" after the car she was in crashed through a stone wall on private property. On the way to the police station, she admitted (on video) to being the driver and later blew more than double the legal blood/alcohol limit. She was found not guilty following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Client charged after being identified as the gunman responsible for a home invasion where shots were fired at the homeowner. The client was discharged on all counts following a preliminary inquiry.
Client charged following the execution of search warrants on his car and his girlfriend's apartment. A gun was found in the apartment. The bullets were found in a locked safe. The client had the only key to the safe, but was found not guilty of all counts following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with dozens of break & enters across Ontario. Immediately before his arrest, the police followed S.S. to the scene of a break & enter and waited nearby. Afterwards, the police pulled him over and found a bag of stolen jewelry in his car. S.S. was then charged with a slew of other burglaries that fit a unique fact pattern. After the cross-examination of the lead officer, the Crown withdrew nearly every charge and the client was released from custody.
Successful appeal against conviction for a client whom the trial judge found guilty of assaulting his wife and three children. The trial judge was overturned when she was found to have engaged in a prohibited path of propensity reasoning.
Client charged with "over .80" after being pulled over by the police. It quickly came to light that the client was driving in contradiction of a prohibition. During the subsequent search of the car, the police located a prohibited weapon. The client was also charged with violating a weapons prohibition. The client was found not guilty on all counts following a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.
Clients charged following a month-long investigation where the RCMP followed a 5 tonne shipment of hashish from Pakistan up to the point of delivery. The clients were acquitted following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with attempted murder after slashing the face, arm and stomach of the complainant. This was observed by three witnesses who were leaving their church. These three witnesses testified that they heard the accused shout "die, die, die" as he slashed at the complainant with a knife. All charges were dismissed following a Superior Court trial.
Client was charged with living off the avails of prostitution and exercising control over a prostitute after being arrested breaking into a hotel room while armed with a knife. The client was acquitted of these charges following a trial.
Client charged with violating his bail, which prohibited him from sitting in the front seat of any motor vehicle. The police caught him driving his car. He was acquitted at trial.
Successful appeal against conviction for an accused who had been convicted of possessing a prohibited firearm. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge had erred by improperly depriving the Appellant of an available defence.
Client was charged with attempted murder after he was alleged to have stabbed a man in the head outside an LCBO. The charges were dismissed after a preliminary inquiry.
The client was charged with the possession of 55 kilograms of marijuana after the police executed a search warrant at an apartment he was alleged to control. After a preliminary inquiry, the charges were dismissed.
The client was charged with voyeurism when public complaints led to an undercover police investigation at a subway station. Following the cross-examination of the Crown's main witness and the filing of a Charter application, the charges were withdrawn.
Client charged with murder after he was seen on video following the victim into a hallway where he was shot to death minutes later. As the victim lay dying, he made an utterance to the police that implicated S.B. The client was found not guilty following a jury trial in the Superior Court.
Client was charged with impaired driving and failing to provide a breath sample. A lengthy written argument was submitted to the Court about Charter violations committed by the arresting police officer. After cross-examination of the very first witness, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charges.
Successful appeal for a client who had been convicted of assault arising from a road rage incident. After the conviction was overturned, the Crown was convinced to abandon the re-trial.
The Crown brought an application to have D.D. declared a Dangerous Offender and imprisoned for the rest of his life. D.D. had a criminal record for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and several gun point robberies. This application was successfully resisted and the Crown's application was dismissed following a hearing in the Superior Court.
Defeated an application by the Crown in Superior Court to seize property bearing the Hells Angels emblem as offence-related property. As a result, the Federal Government was compelled to return the Hells Angels property to the individual members.
Client was charged with a myriad of gun and drug offences after he was stopped by the police while driving. The police found a loaded gun by the driver's pedal next to a bag of pills. A further search revealed a large quantity of marijuana. The client was acquitted of all charges following a Superior Court trial.
Client charged with over .80 and impaired driving when he was seen driving the wrong way through a drive-thru and nearly hitting a number of people in the attached parking lot. After the cross-examination of two civilian witnesses, the Crown withdrew all criminal charges.
Successful appeal against conviction for an accused who had been convicted of importing nearly a kilogram of cocaine.
Client was charged with the knife-point robbery of two college students. Following a cross-examination of the complainants, where a number of weaknesses in the Crown's case were revealed, the charges were withdrawn.
Client was charged with smuggling large quantities of various narcotics into a Toronto jail. The client's case was delayed in getting to trial for over a year, largely due to a Crown failure to provide disclosure. All charges were dismissed after it was argued that the delay violated the client's right to have her trial within a reasonable time.
Client charged with trafficking in marijuana and ecstasy following sales to undercover police officers. The charges against the client were dismissed when the Court found that he had been beaten by the police even though he had not acted violently in any way. In finding that excessive force had been used, the Court held that the evidence of the officer was "evasive and contrived".
Client charged with a myriad of gun offences after police stopped him in a park and found two firearms in a backpack. At the end of the trial, the client was acquitted of all charges.
Client charged as one of the main co-conspirators alleged to have planned the property damage during the G20 summit in Toronto. After the cross-examination of the undercover officer who infiltrated this group, the charges were withdrawn.
Clients were among six accused charged with a series of sexual assaults against fellow church members. After five weeks of cross-examination of the complainants, the Crown withdrew all charges.
Client was charged with numerous firearms offences after being arrested after a lengthy period of police surveillance. After cross-examination of the officers involved in the surveillance, arrest and search of the client, all charges were stayed.
Client charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking a significant amount of ketamine. In acquitting the accused, the trial judge found that she could not rely on the evidence of the Crown's expert witness due to issues uncovered in cross-examination.
Successful representation of Mr. O who was charged with first degree murder by having this charge quashed at the preliminary inquiry. The Crown appealed this decision and brought an application to have the charge of first degree murder reinstated. This application was defeated by Pringle and Bottomley in Superior Court.
Client charged as the head of a criminal organization after an eighteen-month-long investigation into the Hells Angels. The client was acquitted of all charges relating to criminal organization.
Client facing charges relating to firearms, cocaine, marijuana and proceeds of crime found in her home. All of the charges were dismissed after the Crown's expert witness was shown to be speculating.
Convinced the Court to exclude evidence found in a warrantless search of client's home. After the evidence was excluded, the Crown had no evidence to support a conviction.
Secured a sentence of house arrest for Mr. N. who pled guilty to a series of serious drug trafficking allegations. The arrest took place as part of a large scale investigation netting several accused. Our client was the only one who did not receive a jail sentence.
Successful appeal of T.L.'s conviction at the Court of Appeal. T.L. had been found guilty at trial by a jury of a series of gun point robberies.
Successful appeal of Mr. K.'s conviction for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
Our opinions and analysis are frequently sought by the press. When our cases end up in the media,
we know how to deal with public scrutiny and minimize the impact on our clients.
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