What is the Right to Silence and When Can it Be Used?

The right to silence is protected under section 7 and section 11(c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is meant to provide the accused the freedom to avoid implicating himself in criminal proceedings. That means that only statements made voluntarily to police at the time of arrest are permitted as evidence in [...]

By |2023-03-30T09:18:14-07:00December 23rd, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments

What Happens if Charged with Sexual Assault

Sexual assault consists of any sexual contact that takes place without the consent of the people involved. It ranges from nonconsensual touching to rape and can take place anywhere. It is illegal to force sexual contact on another person regardless if it is in a private home, or a public place. All sexual acts that [...]

By |2023-03-21T10:42:21-07:00December 12th, 2019|Sex Crimes|0 Comments

What Happens to Someone Charged with Domestic Abuse

Although there is no specific offence listed in the Criminal Code, most acts of family violence are crimes in Canada. But there are offences related to domestic abuse, such as assault and forcible confinement. There are also offences related to various forms of psychological or emotional abuse that involve the intent to control, isolate, intimidate [...]

By |2023-03-30T08:49:17-07:00November 15th, 2019|Other Crimes|0 Comments

Using Unregistered Gun for Self-Defence: What Happens?

This is something all gun-owners should be aware of: All Canadians have a right to self-defence and to use firearms against attackers. However, the right to self-defence does not overrule the requirement to register a weapon.  This story is a good example of what you can expect if ever in a similar situation. In 2010, [...]

By |2023-05-02T06:59:30-07:00November 11th, 2019|Other Crimes|0 Comments

How Criminal Investigations Are Mishandled

Obviously the purpose of a criminal investigation is to gather all of the facts, evidence, and witnesses that can substantiate proof that the crime was or wasn’t committed by the accused. Criminal investigators have extensive backgrounds before they can become investigators. They must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, must have applied to [...]

By |2023-09-14T12:39:41-07:00October 1st, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments

Will a Criminal Record Affect my Immigration or Residential Status

In general, any criminal charges can negatively affect Canadian immigration or residential status, even if the charges were dropped or dismissed. It can definitely prevent you from applying for citizenship and in some cases, it may prevent you from staying in Canada. This includes offences such as theft, assault, manslaughter, dangerous driving, impaired driving, selling [...]

By |2023-03-30T09:33:23-07:00September 15th, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments

What to Expect as a Repeat Offender

Keeping people out of jail for the first time is instrumental in helping them avoid repeat incarcerations. Yet, statistically, most convicted offenders have at least one prior conviction. In fact, nearly 75 percent of offenders have multiple prior convictions.  According to a study conducted by Statistics Canada and the University of Waterloo, chronic offenders account [...]

By |2023-03-21T10:38:51-07:00September 1st, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments

Defences and Life Circumstances

Although there are exceptions, every crime includes at least three parts: a criminal act, criminal intent, and the coexistence of the two. There are criminal acts where the predetermined intent did not exist or cannot be proven. That is when “defences that involve life circumstances” come into play.  Defences that involve life circumstances run the [...]

By |2023-03-21T10:29:31-07:00August 16th, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments

What are the Court Procedures for Criminal Cases?

Court Procedures for Criminal Cases If you or someone you know thinks they have committed a crime, this information will help to understand exactly how crimes are classified and handled by the courts. The primary criminal offences in Canada are set into three categories: (1) summary conviction offences, (2) indictable offences, and (3) hybrid offences.  [...]

By |2023-03-21T10:27:14-07:00August 1st, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments


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