What is a Peace Bond?

A peace bond is a court order that requires an accused person to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour” by meeting certain outlined conditions. Signing a peace bond is not an admission of guilt or an admission to the information being cited. Signing a peace bond only demonstrates that an accused agrees that [ … ]

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What Outcomes Could My Case Have?

A common question asked by those facing criminal charges is “What outcomes could my case have?”. The unique nature of every case, and the circumstance surrounding them, means that there are many different possible outcomes that may occur at different stages of the Court process. Each one of these outcomes have a different short and [ … ]

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What is a Stay of Proceedings?

When proceedings are stayed by the Crown, the prosecution has ended and the accused is no longer in jeopardy – legally, it is as if the accused has never been charged. Any orders related to pre-trial detention or release are vacated. There are two types of stays of proceedings; stays directed by the Attorney General, [ … ]

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Can I apply for a Criminal Record Suspension in Canada?

Yes. Formerly called a “pardon,” a Record Suspension removes a person’s criminal record from the Canadian Police Information Center (CPIC) database for those who have completed their sentence and demonstrated a period of law-abiding activity following this. These waiting periods vary depending on when the offence was committed and the type of offence that was [ … ]

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What is a Withdrawal of Charges?

A withdrawal of charges is separate and distinct from a stay of proceedings. The option to withdraw charges is not authorized anywhere in the Criminal Code. Rather, it is a matter of the Crown’s discretion. The Crown may choose to withdraw charges, for example, if there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction based on the [ … ]

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Can I Change My Lawyer?

Generally speaking, yes, you can change your lawyer during your case, however there may be specific situations where you may have a challenge to change, or not be permitted to change, your lawyer. This article will outline the steps that are typically followed when changing your lawyer, and any challenges you may face while trying [ … ]

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