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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Do I have a right to “plead the fifth” on the stand?

Unlike what you may have seen on Law and Order or countless other American legal dramas, there is no such thing as “pleading the fifth” on the stand in Canada. That phrase references the fifth amendment of the American Constitution which states that no person shall be compelled to be a witness against himself. It …
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