An Ottawa criminal defence lawyer has been charged with dangerous driving after what police allege was a hit-and-run that left another driver with minor injuries.
Natasha Calvinho was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop at the scene of the collision “with intent to escape civil or criminal liability,” according to the Criminal Code, after a two-month investigation by Ottawa police into a Nov. 23, 2015 hit-and-run. The charges against Calvinho were laid on Jan. 29 of this year.
Calvinho was previously charged with impaired driving and failing or refusing to give a breath sample on Oct. 3, 2013. The charge of failing to give a breath sample was later withdrawn. A decision in that trial is expected in June.
Calvinho is a partner at Calvinho Criminal Defence, a private practice she began after leaving Abergel Goldstein and Partners.
Calvinho “delights in taking on complex, challenging cases. She is highly sought after by clients charged with serious criminal offences throughout the province of Ontario. Her practice focuses on jury and non-jury litigation before the Superior Court of Justice, and she has successfully defended clients charged with murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, and sexual assault,” according to the Facebook page for her practice.
Calvinho directed any questions to her lawyer, Trevor Brown.
“Given that the matter is presently before the courts, I am unable to comment publicly, except to point out that Ms. Calvinho is presumed innocent of the charges, and to confirm that she will continue to represent her clients with the same passion and professionalism that she always has,” Brown said.
Calvinho is scheduled to appear in court on March 8.
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