This is My Story

Ryan Handlarski

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The first thing you should know about me is that I love criminal law.

I am a person who believes deeply in the principles of the presumption of innocence, proof beyond a reasonable doubt and the right to a fair trial. I have devoted my life to these principles and to the clients that I advocate for. It is the only life that I could live.

I attended law school at the University of Ottawa where I graduated cum laude, won the criminal law award, was the teaching assistant for criminal law and procedure for Professor David Paciocco and clerked for a criminal court judge at the Ontario Court of Justice.  Following law school, I worked for the firm of Greenspan Partners where I gained experience defending a range of offences before deciding to start my own criminal law practice.

Since starting my own criminal law practice, I have continued to defend individuals charged with a range of offences, from less serious charges such as domestic assault and impaired driving to very serious offences such as trafficking cocaine, sexual assault and sexual interference, break and enter, aggravated assault and murder.  I have successfully defended hundreds of individuals and have represented people at every level of court in Ontario.  I believe that every individual charged with a criminal offence deserves a thorough and vigorous defence and deserves to have a lawyer that is accessible to explain the criminal justice process at every step of the proceedings. 

I frequently appear in courts in Toronto, Scarborough, Newmarket, Oshawa, Brampton and Milton.  I accept Legal Aid in some cases and am on the Extremely Serious Matters panel.

My articles have appeared in Law Times, the Lawyers’ Daily, Canadian Lawyer Magazine and I have been quoted in NOW Magazine, the Toronto Star and have appeared on CBC’s the National and CTV News.

I am a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Toronto Lawyers’ Assocation.

For more information, please check out the media section and my reported decisions. 

Ryan's Practice has been shaped by his exposure to some of the preeminent lawyers and law firms in Canada.

In The News

Can a person kill pre-emptively in self-defence?

The Ontario Bar Association just published an article I wrote on a subject that I have been interested in for years: pre-emptive killings in self-defence. ...

Carding in Toronto: It isn’t random and it is fundamentally illegal

In a June 18th article in the Globe and Mail Mayor John Tory defined the practice of carding Thursday as ‘the arbitrary stopping of people for reasons unrelated to any criminal or lawful investigation, and recording information from those people and storage of that information in a database of innocent people over a long-term basis.’ Using that definition, he said, ‘I believe today will represent a definitive end to carding.’”...

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Reported Decisions

R. v. H.C., 2018 ONCJ 63 (CanLII)

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R. v. T.J.A., 2015 ONCJ 758 (CanLII)

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R. v E.G., 2016 ONSC 4884 (CanLII)

Between Her Majesty The Queen and E.G.

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R. v T.F., 2016 ONSC 4308 (CanLII)

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R. v. T.J.A., 2016 ONCJ 314 (CanLII)

Her Majesty The Queen and T.J.A. a young person

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R. v. D.W., 2014 ONSC 6041 (CanLII)

Between Her Majesty The Queen and D.W.

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R. v. D.W., 2014 ONSC 5648 (CanLII)

Her Majesty The Queen and D.W.

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R. v. A., 2014 ONSC 5843 (CanLII)

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R. v. C., 2014 ONCJ 520 (CanLII)

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R. v. A., 2013 ONSC 5108 (CanLII)

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R. v. J., 2013 ONSC 307 (CanLII)

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R. v. J., 2012 ONSC 7095 (CanLII)

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