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What is a youth record?

What is a youth record? Does it go away when you turn 18? How do you make it “go away”? In this blog post I tackle the many frequently asked questions about youth records.

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Driving During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is here. There are a couple of things you can count on: Christmas trees, people complaining about the term “happy holidays”, and, even more regrettably, drinking and driving. The police will be out in full force during late December to catch impaired drivers.

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Bail: The Difference Between Theory and Reality

Bail in Canada is supposed to be a liberal and enlightened regime. However, the operation of the bail system has diverged significantly from the way the law is written in the Criminal Code. This post will discuss some themes in those differences.

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The Effect of a Peace Bond

Most of the time, a peace bond is a gift to someone accused of a criminal offence. Other times it is a curse. Let’s explore what a peace bond is and what it means for an accused person who is presented with the option of resolving their criminal matter by accepting a peace bond.

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Travel Implications of a Criminal Charge

What are the implications on your ability to travel with a criminal charge? What are the implications if you are found guilty of the offence?

What follows is legal information, not legal advice, and is not to be relied upon. If you have a question about the travel implications of a criminal charge or finding of guilt, retain a lawyer to receive legal advice.

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Ontario Court of Justice vs Superior Court of Justice

A key decision for an accused person and their criminal lawyer is whether to elect for a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice or Superior Court of Justice. In theory the decision should not carry a substantive difference. In practice, however, the decision can affect the merit of the case and carry a personal effect on the accused person.

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What to expect at your first court appearance

You’ve been arrested by the police. Handcuffs on. A night at the police station. Maybe even a bail hearing. You now face the daunting prospect of standing before a judge at your first court appearance. I have good news for you. Much of the anxiety surrounding a first court of appearance is unfounded. The first court appearance is a dull, low-risk experience in which little of substance occurs.

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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! At the outset I want to be as clear as possible: everything on this blog and sewrattan.com are my thoughts and legal information only. This blog is not legal advice. Reading this blog does not make me your lawyer and you should not make legal decisions based on the information in this blog. Instead, contact a lawyer who can discuss the issues with you.

For my first blog post I want to jump into a bit of an advanced discussion about the most complicated exception to the hearsay rule, the co-conspirators exception. This post is fairly technical. Lawyers will appreciate it the most, followed in close second by nerds.

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