Who is J. S. VIJAYA?
I came to Canada in the 1970′s with my parents when I was a little boy. Like many immigrants who came to Canada during that time, my parents struggled to survive and worked very hard to make ends meet. I grew up in the infamous Jane and Finch area in Toronto and lived in the Ontario Housing Projects for over fifteen years. Although I did not know it at the time, I was already preparing for a career in criminal law in our great multicultural City of Toronto. I am a criminal lawyer who totally understands the hopes, dreams, and the daily struggles of the common working man.
Yorkwoods Gate Public School. (Up to Grade 6) I learned to play street hockey. Following the great Canadian street hockey tradition I made goalie pads out of sofa seat cushions. I liked defending even then!
Oakdale Junior High: (Grades 7-9) I learned how to fight. Went to my first dance. Discovered The Beatles. Learned to play the guitar.
Westview High School: (Grades 10-13) I played in a very loud rock and roll band. I also learned about our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and took it upon myself to question police officers about why we were being stopped and searched so often.
York University: got my B.A. Specialized Honours (Psych). Took many classes in all sorts of different areas including biology, chemistry, natural science, music, political science, law, literature etc. What to do with the rest of my life? I was on the Dean’s Honour Roll and decided that becoming a lawyer would allow me to help people in trouble and fight for justice.
Windsor Law School: got my law degree. I hung around quite a lot at the local criminal courts as a law student learning the ropes. I also met my wife in Windsor law school. On the very first night we met we got into a very serious argument about social policy and the powers given to police officers. I won. Well, I won eventually!
I practice exclusively in the area of criminal defence. I vigorously defend individuals charged with criminal offences ranging from Simple Assault to First Degree Murder. I also represent young people (under 18 years of age) charged with criminal offences. I can advise you about your rights and obligations if you are currently under investigation by the police or are about to be charged. I have also conducted hundreds of successful serious bail hearings involving guns, drugs, gangs etc. I got my clients out on bail!! As any experienced criminal trial lawyer knows: A successful bail hearing is the first, and a crucially important step towards successfully fighting any criminal charge.