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What Shows up in Criminal Record Searches?

Many clients charged with criminal offences express concern that they don’t want a criminal record, and rightfully so. A criminal record can affect one’s ability to travel or to obtain citizenship, and can even affect their employment. A criminal record can destroy a person’s reputation in the community. How do you get a Criminal Record? A criminal record is only acquired when someone is convicted of a crime. A person who is charged with a criminal offence still has no criminal record, as is the case with someone whose charge is withdrawn upon them, entering into a Peace Bond. Anyone who pleads guilty to an offence and obtains either a Conditional Discharge and Probation or an Absolute Discharge and Probation also has no criminal record, because these dispositions (sentences) according to Canadian law do not constitute criminal convictions. A Discharge is given special treatment by the Canadian justice system, and…

22 Jan 2015

Is It A Crime To Record a Conversation?

9 Dec 2014

It is not a crime and legal in Canada to record a conversation as long as at least one party consents to the recording. It is legal to record a…

What is a Peace Bond?

24 Nov 2014

In various circumstances, an individual charged with a criminal offence (Domestic Assault or otherwise) may be offered a Peace Bond as a mechanism to resolve their criminal charges. A Peace…

Can A Domestic Assault Charge Be Dropped?

11 Nov 2014

Yes, it is possible to have domestic assault charges dropped. However, the complainant or victim are not in control of this process. The power to withdraw criminal charges is held…

Jian Ghomeshi: Rough Sex, Sexual Assault and...

15 Oct 2014

Is Jian Ghomeshi innocent? In the media frenzy surrounding the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, it is important to keep an open mind in spite of the number of women who…

Is it a Crime to Injure or Kill a Dog or Cat?

1 Oct 2014

Yes. It is a crime in Canada to injure or kill a cat or dog. It is also a crime to endanger a cat or dog, cause unnecessary suffering to…

Is it a Crime to Charge for Psychic Services?

28 Sep 2014

It is a crime in Canada to fraudulently pretend, from your familiarity of an occult or “crafty science”, to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to…