The Criminal Code of Canada may be confusing to those who have little or no experience with the justice system. If you have been charged with a crime, the consequences you face are largely tied with the way your offence will be heard by the courts. It can proceed as a summary conviction offence, an indictable offence, or a combination of the two, known as a hybrid offence.
Marriage has traditionally been regarded as a major milestone in adulthood. You would graduate school, move out, get married, and have children. Now, more young adults are heading back to school after they graduate. Jobs are harder to come by, so saving money for a down payment on a home is more of a challenge. And there are countless articles about the pros and cons of how dating apps have changed the way people connect with each other.
Hot on the heels of the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the Canadian government has started a conversation about streamlining the pardon process for people convicted of simple possession of marijuana.
If you have been convicted of a crime, you may wonder if you can erase any record of the conviction after you have completed the sentence. The short answer is no, you cannot erase the conviction from your permanent record. However, you can have it removed from certain databases. This process is known as a record suspension.
After a separation or divorce, one of the most important issues to address is how a couple’s children will be cared for. In order to ensure that both spouses are confident and comfortable with how matters are being handled, a parenting agreement can be an important tool.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, the odds are that it may be your first experience with the legal system. Criminal cases can be complex, and there are quite a few legal procedures. However, we’ve created a list of the general life of a criminal case to give you an overview of what to expect if you have been charged with a crime.