Criminal Court Matters
Paralegals in Ontario are authorized to represent Defendants in Criminal Court on Summary matters only (charges for which the Criminal Code assigns a fine $5,000.00 and up to a maximum of 6 months incarceration).
PARALEGALS CAN REPRESENT YOU IN THE FOLLOWING CHARGES:
Domestic Assault, Theft under $5,000.00, Fraud under $5,000.00, Robbery, Mischief and any other charges that are classified as Summary charges.
FOR SUPER-SUMMARY AND INDICTABLE CHARGES YOU NEED TO BE REPRESENTED BY A LAWYER!
Super-summary charges are those usually related to alcohol and may carry a fine of $1,000.00 and up to 18 months of incarceration if you are found guilty)
Indictable charges are those for which the fine is less than $5,000.00 and the incarceration can be for more than 6 months (and which are not super-summary charges).
DO NOT TAKE CHANCES WITH YOUR FREEDOM! – ALWAYS CONSULT BEFORE YOU DECIDE
This is the most common way to be charged in Ontario. The maximum fine when charged with a ticket cannot exceed $500.00 and there is no possibility of jail time (See the replica in the box on the side).
“SUMMONS TO APPEAR”
The Summons to Appear” contains a Court date and the address of the Court to which you must attend answer to the charge. The reason why sometimes the Police charge an individual with a Summons to Appear as opposed to a regular Offence Notice is that the range of penalties is much higher and the other penalties may be far more serious, such as a maximum fine of $5,000.00, up to six months of incarceration and sometimes suspension of the Driver’s Licence.
How It Works:
Demerit Points remain in your Record for 2 years from the date you got the Ticket.
For a “G” Licence you will be called to an interview with the Ministry of Transportation when you reach 9 points. You will be suspended for 30 days if you reach 12 points and for a “G2” or “G1” license you will be suspended if you reach 6 points.
If you get a Ticket, consult with us before you make any decision as to how you want to proceed. We will save you a considerable amount of money and stress.
If you get tickets outside of Ontario or in New York, Michigan or New Jersey the points will be entered into your Ontario Driving Record because of existing Reciprocity Agreements.
Check the Table below for the number of points for each type of infraction:
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YOU (ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY ASSURED):
- What were you charged with?
- Your Name
- Your Full Address
- Your Telephone No.
- Your Email Address
- Date of the Offence
- Where did the Police stop you?
- Ticket Number (located at the top)
- Total Fine Payable
- (If a Summons to Appear) Location of the Court where you are to appear?
- (If a Summons to Appear) Date and time when you must appear
- (If a Summons to Appear) Courtroom number where you must appear