Criminal Regulatory Offences

Criminal & Regulatory Offences

If you have been Charged with a Crime, Contact an Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyer Immediately to Explore your Options.

Being charged with a criminal offence is a devastating experience.  Those charged with crime face the possibility of losing their liberty, reputation, family, friends and livelihood.  Furthermore, having a criminal record can make it difficult to find a job, volunteer or travel and can create a disadvantage in other matters, such as custody disputes.  If you have been charged with a criminal offence or fear that you may be charged with an offence, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer immediately to explore the options available to you.

Convictions for Regulatory Offences can carry Serious Consequences.

Regulatory Offences are provincial, non-criminal offences.  They include offences under legislation such as the Highway Traffic Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Environmental Protection Act, among many others.

While regulatory offences are generally viewed as less serious than criminal offences, it is important to realize that it is much easier to be convicted of a regulatory offence than a criminal offence and the consequences of a conviction can be surprisingly severe. 

Whereas a conviction for a criminal offence requires proof that you intended to commit the offence and proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, a conviction for a regulatory offence does not require proof of intent and requires a much lower standard of proof.

The penalties for regulatory offence convictions can include a large fines, probation orders and, in some cases, even jail time.  Some Highway Traffic Act offences can lead to your driver’s license being suspended.

Experienced Criminal Defence Lawyers Available to Defend Against Regulatory and Criminal Charges in Toronto and Ottawa.

Many people charged with regulatory or criminal offences are tempted to plead guilty as they wish to avoid the court process or believe they will receive more lenient treatment.  However, given the serious consequences that accompany convictions for these offences and the fact that many convictions carry unforeseen consequences, such as mandatory jail terms, immigration consequences or increased insurance premiums, if you have been charged with an offence it is critical that you contact a criminal defence lawyer to discuss your options.  It is likely that there are many more options open to you than you initially realize.

The experienced criminal defence lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP have successfully represented clients at all levels of court, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  We have defended clients charged with minor provincial offences, such as speeding, major criminal offences, such as murder, and all offences in between.  We have successfully represented clients against dangerous offender designations and in faint hope applications.

We are ready to defend you against any regulatory or criminal charges that have been laid against you.  We will mount a strong challenge of the prosecution’s evidence and fearlessly raise any and all defences available to you. 

Contact Our Ottawa and Toronto Criminal Defence Lawyers to Discuss your Case.

If you have been charged with a criminal or regulatory offence, please contact the experienced criminal defence lawyers at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP at 613-563-1010 or to discuss your case.