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Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Many individuals facing criminal charges have questions about alternate methods of making up for the harm caused by their alleged crime instead of a prison sentence. In this post, we’ll examine what is meant by diversion, go through the diversion procedures and...

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What To Do If You’re a Tourist Arrested in Canada

If you are visiting Canada from another country, chances are you are hoping to see some natural beauty and visit some friendly cities. But what happens when your travel plans turn out unexpectedly and you find yourself arrested while travelling? In this post, we’ll...

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Conflict of Interest: What Is it And How to Avoid It

Conflicts of Interest From lawyers to politicians, we expect a certain level of trustworthiness and service out of those that we trust with governance and law. The hope is that members of the legal and governmental institutions will use their powers for the benefit of...

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What Happens if I Fail to Comply With Bail?

1. Section 145(4) — Failure to Comply with Undertaking  Failing to comply with bail conditions is made an offence by s. 145(4) of the Criminal Code, which states that: “Every person is guilty of an indictable offence or criminal charge and liable for imprisonment...

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What is a Vetrovec Warning?

A Vetrovec warning is a warning provided to a jury about “relying on the informer’s unsupported testimony”[1]. These “clear and sharp warning[s]”[2] are given to the jury to alert them to the risk of relying on the evidence of an “unreliable witness”[3]. Whether to...

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What is Child Abandonment in Legal Terms?

I. Criminal Code of Canada, section 218 — Abandoning Child: s. 218 of the Criminal Code makes it an offence for one to (a) unlawfully abandon or expose a child under the age of ten, where (b) its life is or is likely to be endangered or its health is or is likely to...

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Defending Murder Charges Down to Manslaughter

When a human being is killed, it is always a serious criminal offence. In Canada, the charges generally fall under three main categories: murder, manslaughter, and criminal negligence causing death. In this post, we’ll discuss these categories and examine some of the...

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How the Grinch Was Convicted

In his attempt to steal Christmas, the Grinch committed a litany of crimes. We look at the offences he may be charged with, and how an Ontario Court might choose to convict him. The Grinch’s Offences The Grinch hated Christmas, the whole Christmas season! In the space...

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How Long Can Police Wait to Press Criminal Charges?

What is the statute of limitations on criminal charges? How long the police can wait before pressing criminal charges against you depends on the type of offence. The type of offence depends on how seriously the offence is considered and affects the severity of the...

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What is a “Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?”

In Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects us with the right to a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” But just how far does protection extend in an era that is increasingly less private? Our bill of rights guarantees that “everyone has the right to be...

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Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Diversion For Criminal Charges in Ontario

Many individuals facing criminal charges have questions about alternate methods of making up for the harm caused by their alleged crime instead of a prison sentence. In this post, we’ll examine what is meant by diversion, go through the diversion procedures and discuss who is eligible and what is...

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