Andrew Barbacki

Criminal Attorney | Montreal | Former Crown Prosecutor

Experienced  Bilingual Criminal Lawyer

  • Called to the Quebec Bar in 1976 and began his career as a Crown Prosecutor in Montreal.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Law degree from McGill University.
  •  Has held a number of prestigious positions including acting as coordinator of the Criminal Law Review for the Solicitor General of Canada in Ottawa, as well as lecturing at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, teaching Criminal Procedure.
  • Entered private practice in 1986 as a criminal defense lawyer. The hundreds of criminal trials he has been involved in include over 40 trials by judge and jury, many of which were murder cases.
  • Extensive experience prosecuting and defending white collar criminal cases such as theft and fraud, as well as a large number of successful defenses of impaired driving cases, where his science background is valuable in dealing with the technical aspects of breathalyzer issues.
  • Renowned for specialized expertise in extradition cases.

Latest Blog Posts

Supreme Court of Canada Issues Landmark Ruling In Drug Cases

Criminal lawyers as well as the courts have always found the law of entrapment difficult to apply in real life situations. The doctrine as set out by the Supreme Court provides for two basic types of entrapment: (a) when the authorities provide a person with an...

British Court Refuses Extradition of Julian Assange

Montreal criminal lawyers with experience in extradition cases are scratching their heads after the decision of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the United States’ request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges over the...

The Politics of Extradition

The extradition proceedings against Huawei executive Wanzhou Meng highlight the dual nature of extradition proceedings. Criminal lawyers in Montreal with experience in extradition cases are familiar with this aspect of the proceedings. The judicial phase is relatively...

STM continues to hand out proof-of-purchase fines despite judge’s ruling

For people who take the bus or metro in Montreal, keeping your ticket could keep you from getting a fine – but it might not hold up in court. In the past eight months, the STM has issued almost 3,000 tickets to passengers who didn't have proof they purchased a fare....

How juries make tough choices

Richard Henry Bain (65), accused of shooting and killing lighting technician Denis Blanchette the night of the 2012 Quebec provincial election, was found guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of three counts of attempted murder during the chaos he...

Principles of Extradition Law

Extradition law starts with a basic principle that persons are subject to the criminal law of the country in which they find themselves and should expect to be answerable to those laws. Extradition proceedings have two important objectives: To protect the rights of...

Recent Developments in Medical Marijuana

The Federal Court of Canada recently declared the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (‘new system’) invalid on the basis of constituting an unjustifiable infringement on the s. 7 Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person, giving the federal...

Medical Marijuana Cultivation

In June 2013, the Government of Canada adopted the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) to ensure adequate assessment of applications for marijuana production licenses. Health Canada also makes sure that Canadians with a medical need have access to...

Marijuana, legal or not?

In Canada, there are several offenses related to narcotics such as possession, trafficking, production, import, export and others. Recently, the Government of Justin Trudeau began a process of legalizing cannabis or marijuana in Canada. What about now? Can you find...

Even Cop Killers Deserve a Competent Criminal Lawyer

Mr Hébert petitioned the Law Society of New Brunswick to appoint a lawyer to appeal the case after Mr Bourque was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 75 years. Commentators have questioned the performance of his lawyer, David Lutz, citing...

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