What is a pardon? How do I get one?

A pardon, more accurately referred to as a record suspension, keeps the judicial record of your conviction(s) separate and apart from other criminal records. This removes all information about your conviction(s) from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database and means that your conviction(s) will not show up on a regular criminal record check.  Your …
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What is Legal Aid and how do I get it?

Legal Aid is a government-funded program that provides those charged with a criminal offence with a certificate to be used to retain legal counsel of their choice. Eligibility for Legal Aid is primarily determined based on income and whether there is a substantial probability of incarceration attached to your charge(s). The purpose of Legal Aid …
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What is the difference between a summary and indictable offence?

Every offence in the Criminal Code is classified as a summary, indictable, or hybrid offence. A hybrid offence is one where it is left up to the Crown’s discretion to decide if they would like to proceed summarily or by indictment on the charge. These terms are indicators of how “serious” the offence is. Summary …
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