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Diversion in Criminal Cases

A criminal record can have a serious impact on your future. The effects of a criminal record can include restrictions on your travel ability and future employment. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you may have to wait several years before being allowed to apply for citizenship or you may be deported. If you are charged with a criminal offence and have been offered diversion, it is generally in your best interest to enrol in the program. Diversion essentially means you are being diverted out of the criminal justice system. This is because the Crown is agreeing to withdraw all charges against you after you complete the diversion program. This voluntary program is also referred to as direct accountability. The program is designed to enable first time non-serious offenders to avoid the negative impacts of criminal charges and a criminal record. Diversion allows offenders to avoid the stressful prosecution process and…

30 May 2010

Police Powers and Investigative Detention

28 May 2010

The police may approach you for questioning in a variety of situations. You may be walking down the street, hanging out at school or even driving in your car. It…

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...

25 May 2010

There are two essential stages to any challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the first stage, the claimant, working with his or her criminal defence lawyer,…

Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights...

20 Apr 2010

There are two essential stages to any challenge under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the first stage, the claimant, working with his or her criminal defence lawyer,…

Section 11 of the Canadian Charter of Rights...

9 Apr 2010

Section 11 of the Charter guarantees every individual certain rights when they are charged with a criminal offence. Section 11 applies to all types of offences (criminal, quasi-criminal, and regulatory…

Long Term Offender Designation

13 Mar 2010

Bill C-55, which came into force on August 1st, 1997, made significant changes to Canada’s Dangerous Offender legislation. This legislation allows the government of Canada to detain indefinitely those offenders…

Prostitution Laws – Toronto, Ontario and...

8 Mar 2010

There is no explicit prohibition against “prostitution” in the Criminal Code of Canada. In other words, the specific act of engaging in sexual activity for money or any other form…