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Immigration Repercussions of a Criminal...

As criminal defence lawyers practicing in a multicultural city like Toronto, we are often asked what effect a criminal conviction may have on a client’s immigration status. If you are a foreign national or permanent resident residing in Canada and you are convicted of a criminal offence, that conviction could have serious repercussions on your ability to legally remain in Canada. If you a foreign national or permanent resident of Canada and you are charged with a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada, you may be declared inadmissible due to criminality. There are three categories of criminal behaviour that result in this type of inadmissibility. ¥ Serious Criminality  If you are convicted of an indictable offence which carries a minimum sentence of ten years or you are convicted of an indictable offence and sentenced to six months or more in prison, you may be deemed inadmissible due to…

13 Aug 2009

Great Result on Serious Sexual Assault...

6 Aug 2009

Kostman & Pyzer, Barristers, Toronto lawyer Jonathan Pyzer made news recently at the sentencing hearing of a young Toronto man convicted of violently sexually assaulting a woman he met in…

Having Photographs and Fingerprints Destroyed

5 Aug 2009

When an individual is arrested, the police will take photographs of the accused and obtain copies of his or her fingerprints to keep on file. In many situations, individuals are…

PARDONS

21 Jul 2009

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…

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…