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Can a Confession Lead to a Conviction?

A confession alone can lead to a criminal conviction. A confession is an incriminating statement made by a person in relation to an alleged offence. It may be used against an accused person to prove their guilt. A confession does not have to be an explicit admission of guilt. A confession can be a statement where the defendant claims innocence admits certain facts, which in combination with other evidence, suggest that the defendant is guilty. The Crown Attorney may seek to adduce a confession as evidence at the accused’s trial if they think that the confession makes for strong evidence against them. If a confession is made to a person in authority: A “person in authority” was defined in R. v. Hodgson as “anyone formally engaged in the arrest, detention, examination or prosecution of the accused”. Some examples of “persons in authority” are police officers, agents of…

12 Mar 2016

Can I Travel to the United States with a...

19 Feb 2016

Sometimes decisions and choices we make as youth or adults come back to haunt us in ways we may not think about. One of these situations may be having a…

How and When Can you Visit Someone in Prison?

12 Feb 2016

Visiting hours for family, friends and Lawyers Being incarcerated in Ontario comes with many challenges for both the inmate and the family. There are many privileges that we take for…

How can Family and Friends Transfer Funds to...

5 Feb 2016

Prisons in Ontario have very similar guidelines for funds being transferred to inmates, however they do differ slightly. If you are going to deposit funds to an inmate’s account you…

What Is the Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS)?

31 Jan 2016

The Federal Victim Fine Surcharge (FVFS), as set out in s.737 of the Criminal Code of Canada, is a monetary surcharge imposed on offenders in addition to any other punishment…

Driving A Bicycle Under The Influence: When...

18 Dec 2015

Many people ride their bicycles regularly to help the environment and get exercise on their way to work. In Ontario cities, bike paths are commonly found and you can even…

Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs In...

9 Dec 2015

Like alcohol, drugs can impair your driving. When your driving is impaired, although you may feel fine, you run the risk of getting into an accident or worse, causing an…