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What is a Peace Bond?

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 Bond is a court order that directs that the person keep the peace and be of good behaviour, and may include any number of conditions. The Peace Bond is of a specific duration in time, usually 12 months. The individual charged is told that if they enter into the Peace Bond, then the charges against them will be withdrawn. The Peace Bond ordinarily has a particular monetary value/penalty attached to it, similar to a bail, but is ordinarily without surety. Should an individual charged with a criminal offence enter into a Peace Bond? Positives: The charges are withdrawn. The Peace Bond is not a criminal record. One need not make any admissions to enter into the Peace Bond. Your lawyer…

24 Nov 2014

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…

Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

22 Sep 2014

Being paid to fraudulently tell fortunes is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or…

Domestic Assault in the Greater Toronto Area

12 Sep 2014

I have been practicing criminal law in the Greater Toronto community (Brampton, Newmarket) for over 30 years. The crime of domestic assault is not new, but recently the infamous Ray…