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Guelph Criminal Law Blog

What is criminal harassment?

Personal relationships are highly complex. People experience feelings differently; they misinterpret conversations or actions; they fight and break up only to reconcile later. Because of these complexities, someone could wind up crossing a line and engaging in criminal harassment.

Criminal harassment is harassing someone or causing them to fear for their or their loved ones' safety. There are serious consequences for this offence, so you should know what misconduct can look like and how you can respond if you are accused of this crime.

Careless Driving, Distracted Driving and Dangerous Driving

All three of these offences relate to irresponsible driving on the road. Whether you are driving a car, truck or public transit vehicle, you are accountable for your actions while behind the wheel. While most people can probably pick out what actions they should avoid while driving, they may not always be able to classify what falls into each category.

As outlined in an article published by he Globe and Mail earlier this year, distracted driving generally targets those who use their cellular phones or another type of mobile device while driving. This excludes mounted phones or GPS systems. However, at the article describes, answering or ending a call on a mounted phone is okay, but trying to key in information, such as a text message or an address, should be done while you are pulled over or before you start driving.

Criminal driving offences versus Highway Traffic Act offences

If you, or someone you know, gets pulled over by the police, one of the first thoughts you may have is, “did I commit a crime?”. While it may be true you have broken a law, that doesn’t mean you have committed a criminal offence.

Impaired driving and dangerous driving are criminal offences listed under the Criminal Code of Canada. Failure to stop at a stop sign or speeding are considered traffic violations under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario. It’s important to understand what a police officer is charging you with, and in what situations you may need a criminal defence lawyer.

What an impaired driving conviction can mean for immigrants

Facing criminal charges is always stressful. But as an immigrant in Canada, the consequences can be especially severe. Due to a new law that recently went into effect, Canadian immigrants have more to worry about than ever.

Canada has long enforced stiff penalties for immigrants who commit serious crimes. Non-citizens could face deportation if they are convicted of certain crimes, including:

Testing for drug impairment under the Cannabis Act

Guelph and Ontario police forces face the challenge of testing drivers for drug impairment now that cannabis use has been legalized. Driving while impaired is illegal in Canada. How will police forces test drivers in ways that will be recognized as proof of impairment in court?

The federal governments drug impairment limits


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