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

Offence Notice

“OFFENCE NOTICE”
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:

6 Points
  • Careless Driving
  • Racing – Stunt driving
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more
  • Failing to stop for a school bus
5 Points
  • Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
4 Points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
  • Following too closely
3 Points
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
  • Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
  • Failing to obey the directions of a police officer
  • Driving the wrong way on a divided road
  • Failing to report a collision to a police officer
  • Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
  • Crowding the driver′s seat
  • Going the wrong way on a one-way road
  • Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road
  • Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
2 Points
  • Improper opening of a vehicle door
  • Towing people – on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc.
  • Failing to obey signs
  • Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing
  • Failing to share the road
  • Improper right turn
  • Improper left turn
  • Failing to signal
  • Unnecessary slow driving
  • Reversing on a divided high-speed road
  • Driver failing to wear a seat belt
  • Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured
  • Driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt

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