Tania Bariteau is an associate at Derstine Penman, where her practice focuses on criminal litigation at the trial and appellate levels. Since joining the firm, Tania has successfully represented multiple clients that were acquitted after trial. She has experience defending individuals charged with offences including serious assaults, sexual assault, child pornography, home invasion, armed robberies and possession of firearms charges. Tania has also worked with senior counsel on homicide trials.
Tania obtained her Licence en droit (LL.L) as well as her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa. During her legal studies, Tania worked as a criminal division leader at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic (UOCLC). While in this position, Tania represented countless clients charged with criminal offences under the supervision of a criminal lawyer. During her time at the UOCLC, Tania also successfully defended a number of clients at trial. Tania also received the George-Brown award for her dedication to her work and to her clients.
Tania is also a second-degree black belt in Taekwon-do. Before attending law school, Tania competed three times at the International World Championships
Tania is bilingual and can defend clients in both official languages.
Tania Bariteau is dedicated to her clients. She visits her clients in custody on a regular basis and unless she is in court, Tania will always make herself available for clients’ phone calls or meetings. Tania is passionate about defending her client’s rights and she prides herself on strongly advocating for her clients.
Mr. S. was charged with conspiracy to import ketamine, importation of ketamine and possession for the purpose of trafficking ketamine. Counsel brought an Application under section 11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the delay taken by the Crown in prosecuting this case. After reviewing Tania’s application and factum, the Crown agreed to stay all charges against Mr. S. without the need of any oral argument in Court. All of Mr. S. charges were stayed (the functional equivalent of an acquittal).
Tania’s client was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking of fentanyl. The fentanyl substance was mixed with heroine. Mr. F. was not aware that the heroine contained fentanyl. At trial, Tania convinced the judge that Mr. F. did not have the requisite knowledge of the substance of the drugs to be convicted of possession for the purpose of trafficking of fentanyl. Tania’s client was acquitted at trial.
Tania’s client was charged with assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and theft (Mr. G. was initially charged with armed robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon but the Crown filed a new information on the first day of trial). At trial, Tania was able to point out the discrepancies in the different descriptions of the accused given by the witnesses in this case. Tania was also able to point out the flaws in the Crown’s case. As a result, Tania’s client was acquitted of all charges.
Tania’s client was charged with forcible entry and assault. The only evidence against Mr. C. was the testimony of the complainant. As such, the credibility of the complainant was the main factor in this case. In cross-examination, Tania was able to point out the flaws in the complainant’s story and demonstrate to the judge that she was not a credible witness resulting in Tania’s client was acquitted of all charges.
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