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Getting divorced? Avoid mistakes that lead to criminal charges

Divorce is one of the most contentious experiences a person goes through, especially when it is an acrimonious split. Some people are scared about losing money or time with their children; others are upset with an ex for filing for divorce; others are just angry and hurt.

Any of these positions can create a volatile situation that could potentially lead to criminal charges if a person oversteps the line separating lawful interactions and illegal actions.

Probation violations can have severe consequences

Receiving probation in lieu of jail or prison time is typically a considerable relief for anyone facing penalties for a criminal offence. Depending on the conditions, probation can allow a person to go back home, keep his or her job, and spend time with friends and family.

However, it is crucial to take probation seriously, as violating the terms – or even being accused of violating the terms - could have severe consequences.

Restrained by a restraining order? What you should know

Fighting with your partner can quickly become a serious problem if things become violent. Even after the conflict is over, he or she can feel scared and apply for a restraining order.

If this happens, you can be understandably concerned about what the restraining order means. Whether you agree with the accusations against you, you should know what you can do to prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

Parents: Talk to your teens about dangerous driving offences

Over the last several weeks, traffic levels in Ontario have dropped significantly. And though the roads may be open, people have fewer places to go, including young people who have had classes, sports and extracurricular activities cancelled.

Unfortunately, some teens see this situation as an opportunity to engage in some reckless and illegal activity on Ontario roadways. If you have teen drivers in your family, you should know what can happen when a young person – or any driver – drives dangerously.

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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