The Criminal Code contains a dizzying array of charges that a person can face and incorporates into it a host of other statutes (such as the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) that create further criminal liability. The Criminal Code is our Bible and ABPS lawyers can help you navigate each and every section within its covers.
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors and Indictable Offences vs. Summary Conviction Crimes
The lawyers of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman have extensive experience defending persons facing a wide range of criminal charges from allegations as minor as shoplifting to charges as serious as murder. Included within this broad category are property offences, frauds, drug offences, and sexual assaults, along with many other types of offences
Many clients are confused by the type of crime they are charged and want to know if they are facing a felony or a misdemeanor. These are American terms that do not apply to Canadian criminal law or Canadian Criminal Code but they do have rough analogs in our own justice system.
In Canada, every charge in the Criminal Code can be divided into three categories.
In addition to the significant differences noted above, the mode of trial also impacts how soon a convicted client can apply for a Record Suspension (formerly known as a Pardon). Perhaps most importantly, the mode of trial can have a very big impact on mandatory minimum sentences – this is particularly true in cases of impaired driving (DUI) and child pornography.