When children make a mistake and break the law, they and their parents are often frightened about what will happen next. It is natural to be scared, but getting answers to your questions can help alleviate some of your fears. For instance, if your child is accused of...
The criminal justice system in Canada has long recognized the accused's right to be tried within a reasonable time. In fact we've put it right there in black in white in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (section 11(b)). However, if your child is charged...
No parent wants to hear that their child has gotten into trouble. It can be especially upsetting when he or she is accused of breaking the law. Several things can be going through a parent's mind in this situation. You can be scared, angry and embarrassed. You may be...
Teenagers are spending a lot more time at home than they may typically spend. And for many kids, this time at home can contribute to feelings of boredom, loneliness and frustration. As is the case with any new experience in adolescence, some teens handle difficult...
If your child is charged with a criminal offence, you may be wondering what the likelihood is that he or she will receive a jail sentence if convicted (otherwise known as a custodial sentence). That question, which can keep a terrified parent up at night, can really...
A lot has changed in relation to the now quasi-legalization of marijuana in Canada. What has not changed though, is that kids (which in Ontario means under 19), cannot under any circumstances legally consume, possess, or share marijuana. Any marijuana in the...
As of October 17th 2018 there has been a massive overhaul to the marijuana laws in Canada. As adults we can now purchase, possess, and consume marijuana legally, subject to a number of restrictions. But like with any big change, you can expect some confusion, some...
Often times in a trial, the credibility of a witness is an important issue. The lawyers may seek to attack the credibility of a witness by asking them questions about their criminal record (If they have one). For example, if John Smith swears that he saw my client...
If your child is going to be a witness in a trial, it might be helpful to get some legal advice in advance of his or her testimony in order to ensure that both you and your child understand the risks and obligations that are at play. When a witness testifies in court,...
On your child's 12 birthday he or she is officially old enough to be charged with a criminal offence. From the age of 12 until they turn 18, any criminal charge they face will be dealt with through the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Once they turn 18, the criminal...
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