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What is a First Appearance for a Criminal...

It is wise for the accused to understand what to expect at their first court appearance. What happens at the first appearance at court for a person accused of a criminal offence? After being charged with a criminal offence, the accused may be released or held in custody for a bail hearing: Upon their release they will be given a document that states the conditions of their release as well as their first court date, time and location. The accused release will be one of the following: An undertaking with conditions: This is the accused’s written promise to appear in court on a future date. It has conditions. This agreement is typically negotiated at the police station. A recognizance without sureties: This is a document the accused must sign that stipulates the conditions of the accused release and states that the accused will pay the court an amount…

11 Aug 2016

Is it a Crime to Sleep in Your Car?

9 Aug 2016

  In some circumstances you could be charged with a criminal offence for sleeping in your car. Sleeping in your car could be a crime. Determining…

Court Makes Rare Finding of Racial Profiling

8 Aug 2016

The Honourable Justice Charney of the Superior Court of Justice recently rereleased his decision in the matter of R. v. Beverly O’Grady and Jeffrey Ferguson-Cadore. A report from Wendy Gillis…

What is a Surety?

4 Aug 2016

A friend, family member or partner can help an accused be released from prison. A surety is a person who appears in court for the accused,…

Is it a Crime to Count Cards?

2 Aug 2016

Card counting is not a criminal offence in Canada. Card counting is a strategy used in casino card games and the Ontario Court of Justice has ruled…

What Are Potential Sentences For a Finding...

28 Jul 2016

  A judge is responsible for determining your sentence after a finding of guilt for a criminal offence The following are potential sentences for a person…

Is it Crime to Tip a Cow?

26 Jul 2016

The Criminal Code has prohibitions on injuring animals. For example, section 444 of the Criminal Code, specifically protecting cattle, states that: Injuring or endangering cattle 444 (1) Every one commits…