What You Should Know About a Conditional Discharge

What You Should Know About a Conditional Discharge

A discharge is the most lenient sentence a judge can give an adult offender. What is particularly attractive about it is that it is not considered a criminal record.  A “Criminal record” is not defined anywhere and lots of situations leave records. For example, your...
Do I Need to Go to Court While the Corona Virus is Active?

Do I Need to Go to Court While the Corona Virus is Active?

COVID-19 and the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice Criminal courts in Ontario are delaying all appearances in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19 (a.k.a. “coronavirus”).  How your case will proceed during this period will depend on what...
Why Is a Jury Trial so Much Longer Than a Trial Without a Jury?

Why Is a Jury Trial so Much Longer Than a Trial Without a Jury?

This question comes to me from overseas this week. A client of mine is under investigation for a crime and is currently overseas. The police will likely charge him and he will need to return to Canada to obtain his Court date. He asked me for advice on what type of...
Is It a Criminal Offence to Leave the Scene of a Fender Bender?

Is It a Criminal Offence to Leave the Scene of a Fender Bender?

I was involved in a fender bender, where I hit another car at a stop light. I was on my way to the airport and couldn’t stay so I told the person I had to go and would contact them. Is it a criminal offence to leave this type of accident? This question is one that we...