Canadian Criminal Justice System - FAQ


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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ'S

I was charged and released on a ‘Promise to Appear’, what do I do next?
If you have been charged, and the police release you with a promise to appear, you must contact a lawyer for a consultation. Depending on the jurisdiction you were arrested in, you may have two dates on the Promise to Appear form. One date will be the date you go into the police station and give your fingerprints and the second date will be your first appearance date.

What is a first appearance date and what happens this day?
On your first appearance date, you will receive your initial disclosure from the Crown’s office, and your matter will be adjourned approximately four weeks in order for your lawyer to conduct a Crown Pre Trial.

What is a Crown Pre-Trial?
A Crown Pre-Trial is a meeting between the Crown assigned to your case and your lawyer. In most cases, the Crown and your lawyer will try negotiating to resolve the matter.

How long will my case take to complete?
This question really depends on what the circumstances and charges are. Some cases can be resolved within a few weeks, and some matters can take over a year.

What are your charges for taking on my case?
Every case is unique, and the price will depend on the circumstances of the case.


Aggravated Assault
Assault with a weapon
Domestic Assault
Sexual Assault
Causing Bodily Harm/Death
Drug Offences
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Heroin
Possession of Marijuana
Grow Operations
Criminal Harassment
Criminal Negligence
Threaten Death/Bodily Harm
Weapons Offences
Weapons, Gun & other Firearm Offences.
Young Offender Cases
Breaking and Entering
Prowl by Night, Break & Enter with Intent
False Pretenses
Uttering Forged Documents
Obstructing Justice
Obtain Credit by Fraud/False Pretense
Dangerous Driving
< Impaired Driving
Intent to traffic
Over 80 – Drunk Driving.

Years of Experience in Various Cases

It is not exhaustive since throught our experience we understand that a client’s needs are always diverse and dynamic.

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