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PARDONS

There are a variety of reasons an individual with a criminal record may wish to obtain a pardon. A pardon works to seal your criminal record so that it does not appear when an inquiring party does a criminal records check. Having a criminal record can affect your chances of being accepted into certain educational programs, being hired for some types of jobs, advancing along some career paths, engaging in some forms of self-employment (such as purchasing a franchise, running a daycare, or doing work on contract), and doing some types of volunteer work. Having a criminal record can also affect your ability to be bonded, custodial rights relating to children, and your ability to travel to the United States and abroad. A criminal record can also jeopardize your Canadian Immigration status. A criminal record can cause stress, and thereby may have a negative emotional and psychological impact on one’s…

21 Jul 2009

Criminal Records Checks

20 Jul 2009

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal, Tadros v. Peel (Police Service), 2009 ONCA 442 [“Tadros”] makes it clear that when an individual consents to a criminal history…

Domestic Assaults and PARS

14 Jul 2009

The PARS Program — which stands for Partner Assault Response Services — is an important component of Ontario’s Domestic Violence prosecution strategy. It consists of a specialized counseling and educational…

Distinguishing Hybrid and Indictable Offences

8 Jul 2009

All of the offences in the Criminal Code of Canada can be classified as summary, indictable or hybrid. The classification of an offence generally tells us how serious the offence…

Courtroom Etiquette

7 Jul 2009

As criminal defence lawyers, we have been appearing in Toronto courts and courts in the Greater Toronto Area for so long that proper court etiquette has become second nature to…

Bail Variations

29 Jun 2009

Individuals facing criminal charges are often released on bail while they await trial. When released, the accused individual will be provided with a “recognizance” or other Court order which dictates…

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt

23 Jun 2009

Most people know that for an individual to be convicted of a criminal offence, the Crown must prove his or her guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. At the same time,…