If you are convicted of a summary criminal offence (around 80% of criminal offences), we can defend you against any allegations. Our office specializes in numerous types of cases including domestic assault, domestic violence, theft under, etc.
Legal advice can ensure your defence is successful and increase your chances of a complete withdrawal of charges or a lighter sentence.
A summary offence is a criminal act that can be proceeded with summarily, without the right to a jury trial and/or indictment (required for an indictable offence). It is the least serious kind of criminal offence under Canada’s Criminal Code. It is also known as a “petty crime”, for example, disturbing the peace.
Here is some information that you should know if you charged with committing a summary offence.
- These offences usually carry a maximum punishment of six months in jail or a $5,000 fine.
- Alternative measures can be considered for less serious summary offences.
- Trials are held before a judge in the Provincial Court.
- Police cannot take your fingerprints.
- As an adult, you may apply to receive a record suspension three years after you complete your sentence.