Ari Goldkind provides Independent Legal Counsel focusing solely on the area of Criminal Defence. After obtaining a degree in Political Science from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Ari attended the prestigious University of Toronto for law. He was called to the Bar in 2000.

Ari began his law career in corporate law but soon discovered that his hyper-vigilance and unwavering pursuit of justice, the right to a rigorous defence combined with his unflappable demeanour would best serve the courts and his clients in the criminal justice division. In 2006 Ari opened his own practice and has never looked back. Since then, he has defended cases on all levels of the court system from the highest of profile cases, such as Gordon Stuckless, the Maple Leaf Garden's Sexual Predator to defending a helpless Squeegee Kid.

Beyond the courtroom, Ari's extensive legal comprehension and insight has garnered him the coveted position of trusted legal expert and commentator for the media across Canada. He is regularly seen on CTV NEWS and CP24. Links to his coverage can be found by clicking here.


Ari’s style and candor is what sets him apart from most criminal defence lawyers.

Where some lawyers are possibly over rehearsed and have a difficult time deviating from their script, Ari is fluid. He listens. He is quick and sharp in his approach with the natural ability to modify the strategy based on what the crown and witnesses reveal. He keeps an open mind and really hears what the other side is saying, unveiling the weaknesses and inconsistencies in their stories. Ari's skillful uncovering of these details and shifting accounts that everyone else has missed is what drives him. It’s that “aha” moment that ignites him and fuels his passion.

If you want someone who is bold, has strength of character, who can outwit, out perform and out think on your behalf. If you want someone who you know will exhaust all avenues and leave no stone unturned; someone who does not shy away from the difficult trials…then Ari may be the lawyer for you. Let’s start the conversation. Click here to contact Ari.

Areas of Expertise

Drug Charges

Drug offences are some of the most common crimes in Ontario and penalties vary greatly depending on the illegal substance and circumstance. If you have been arrested for a drug offence, it is important to seek counsel immediately and understand the charges you face.

Since the Federal Election in 2015, Justin Trudeau has been advancing the conversation and campaigned on the promise to legalize simple possession of marijuana. While that has been tabled, it is not yet law. And simple possession does not include trafficking, cultivation and importation of marijuana. These charges can carry severe penalties, including jail time, expensive fines or both. If you have been arrested for a drug offence, it is important to understand the charges you face.

Conviction of a drug offence can have far-reaching consequences. A conviction can lead to a Criminal Record which can restrict your ability to travel and may affect your future employment opportunities. You need an experienced professional to help you build a strong defense against the allegations.

Ari Goldkind has been fighting drug related charges for his clients for 10 years. He is passionate about fighting for the rights of people and will put his skill and experience to work for you. If you have been charged or believe you may have been charged after an illegal search or detention or were not given the right to counsel, call (416) 544-8421.


For more information on "Mandatory Minimum Penalties for Serious Drug Offences CLICK HERE

For more information on the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act S.c. 1996, c. 19 Assented to 1996-06-20 CLICK HERE


What does it take to get arrested or charged with a Sex Crime? Sometimes as little as a statement from an alleged victim can be enough to set the ball in motion. And the court of public opinion can be very harsh on the accused often imposing a social conviction before the trial even begins. This can have very serious emotional and quite often financial consequences. If you have been accused of a Sex Crime you need a lawyer who knows how to handle the media, your reputation and ensure that you receive a fair trial. A very tall order.

Ari Goldkind is not only a respected, highly skilled lawyer, but he is also a very experienced media commentator. Having appeared in hundreds of media interviews, Ari has the know-how to skillfully handle the media attention a sex crime may attract.

If convicted of a Sex Crime, you may have to register as a Sexual Offender. Sex Crimes carry considerable social stigma in addition to the potential jail time and fines that may be imposed. It is imperative that you act quickly and seek legal counsel.

Sex Crimes can consist of:
• Sexual Assault / Sexual Battery / Rape
• Statutory Sexual Seduction / Statutory Rape
• Lewdness with a Child / Child Molestation
• Open or Gross Lewdness/ Indecent Exposure
• Sexual Misconduct Between Teacher and Student
• Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
• Online Solicitation of a Minor
• Internet Crimes Against Children


Theft should be taken seriously regardless of the value of the property stolen. If convicted, it could lead to a criminal record which would negatively impact the rest of your life. A criminal record could lead to restricted travel and loss of job opportunities.

Ari Goldkind has spent the last 10 years working as a Criminal Defence Lawyer and has the fortitude to fight to have your charges dropped or reduced, penalties lessened and ultimately keep your record clean and you out of jail.

Theft charges include removing any property without consent. It can include but is not limited to:shoplifting, possession of stolen property, pick-pocketing, car jacking, robbery, embezzlement, fraud, identity theft, auto theft and grand theft.


If you are facing a gun or weapon related charge, you are facing a very serious charge. There are numerous types of weapon and gun related charges and it's important to have legal counsel who has the expertise to navigate the law and know what your rights are. Punishment for firearm related convictions vary considerably. In some cases there is a minimum mandatory jail sentence involved. And weapons convictions always carry a minimum jail sentence.

Ari Goldkind has the ability to successfully put forth a strategy to get you the best result possible. His extensive experience in this area will provide you with sound advice and a concrete plan for your case. If you would like to speak to Ari about your charges, he can be reached at (416) 544-8421. Let's start the conversation.


If you or someone you know has been charged with murder, you need immediate legal representation. A lot is at stake as there is no more serious crime than murder. The sentence for murder in Canada is life in prison. Life means your entire life, not 25 years. You may, however, be eligible for parole after 25 years if convicted of First Degree Murder and after 10 and 25 years for Second Degree Murder. You need someone skilled in defending murder cases. Someone who will dedicate considerable time, understand the complexities and fight for a fair trial.

Ari Goldkind's masterful approach to defending murder trials will ensure you receive expert representation whether the trial is judge or jury. The rest of your life depends on it. If you have been charged with First Degree, Second Degree, Manslaughter or Aggravated Assault call 416-544-8421 today.


Getting Started

If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, the worry, angst and uncertainty can feel overwhelming and even paralyzing. This is normal. You may feel defenceless against the system, which is why it is important to have a lawyer who knows your rights and will stand up to the system on your behalf. You do have rights.

If you have been arrested, under the CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, you have the right to:

  • (a) To be informed promptly of the reasons why you were arrested

  • (b) To be informed promptly of the reasons why you were arrested

  • (c) To have the validity of the detention determined by way of habeas corpus and to be released if the detention is not lawful.

Any person charged with an offence has the right:

  • (a) To be informed without unreasonable delay of the specific offence;

  • (b) To be tried within a reasonable time;

  • (c) Not to be compelled to be a witness in proceedings against that person in respect of the offence;

  • (d) To be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal;

  • (e) Not to be denied reasonable bail without just cause;

  • (f) Except in the case of an offence under military law tried before a military tribunal, to the benefit of trial by jury where the maximum punishment for the offence is imprisonment for five years or a more severe punishment;

  • (g) Not to be found guilty on account of any act or omission unless, at the time of the act or omission, it constituted an offence under Canadian or international law or was criminal according to the general principles of law recognized by the community of nations;

  • (h) If finally acquitted of the offence, not to be tried for it again and, if finally found guilty and punished for the offence, not to be tried or punished for it again; and

  • (i) If found guilty of the offence and if the punishment for the offence has been varied between the time of commission and the time of sentencing, to the benefit of the lesser punishment.

Treatment or punishment

Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.


A witness who testifies in any proceedings has the right not to have any incriminating evidence so given used to incriminate that witness in any other proceedings, except in a prosecution for perjury or for the giving of contradictory evidence.


A party or witness in any proceedings who does not understand or speak the language in which the proceedings are conducted or who is deaf has the right to the assistance of an interpreter.

When you hire Ari, he will work directly with you to ensure your rights are respected. It's important to start the process early and get legal aid as quickly as possible if you qualify. You can start the process here. (link to legal aid). Ari only handles criminal matters so you can rest assured that he brings the necessary knowledge, skill and experience to the courtroom to get the best result for you.

Let's get started. Call (416) 544-8421 to speak with Ari.

Payment Options

If you qualify, the government may help you pay for your legal expenses through Legal Aid Ontario. Ari will assist you in understanding how the Legal Aid Ontario process works so that you can apply for a Certificate. Click here to see if you are eligible.

Where you do not qualify for Legal Aid Ontario, during your initial consultation we will set a block-fee cost as a private retainer to defend your case from start to finish. Ari will take into account the nature and complexity of your case in setting his fees, working with you to ensure that the fees are fair and both parties are comfortable. Ari believes everyone should be entitled to the best criminal defence possible and will work with you to arrange payment plans if required.

Methods of Payment accepted: Visa, certified cheque, money order, bank draft and cash.

In the News

Ari is a leading legal analyst. Some of his recent media appearances and news coverage can be seen below.

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Current TV appearances