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Can I Travel to the United States with a...

United States Customs and Border Protection agents have wide discretion to admit or refuse entry into the United States to any person.  You can be refused entry into the United States with or without a criminal record. The fact that you have a criminal record may prevent you from traveling to the United States, but not necessarily. What Crimes will Prevent Me from Crossing the Border? Generally, an impaired driving conviction will not prevent you from travelling to the United States. However, if you have multiple impaired driving convictions, this could prevent you from travelling.  Any drug possession offence will likely result in you being denied entry into the United States from Canada. If you have a conviction for a crime that is considered an offence against “moral turpitude” this conviction will likely result in you being refused entry. Crimes considered offences against moral turpitude include murder, sexual assault, assault,…


What is the Age of Consent in Canada?

15 Dec 2018

First off, it is important to understand, the age of consent only matters when one of the parties to the relationship is under 18. Anyone 18 or over who is…

Firearms Offences Criminal Code

26 Jul 2018

As major Canadian cities face a spike in gun violence — Toronto has seen 10 people shot in just the last five days — local leaders are calling on the…

Ontario Courts Are in Need of Technological...

24 Jul 2018

An example of an information. Many criminal defence lawyers, crown counsel, Justices and court staff have been subject to the delay and difficulty caused by the…

Legal Aid Ontario – Who Qualifies For...

19 Jul 2018

  In 2016, Superior Court Justice Ian Nordheimer put a temporary halt to the start of a man’s trial for drug offences  following his harsh criticism of the required income…

Schaeffer v Wood, Police Officers Not...

17 Jul 2018

In the  case of Schaeffer v Wood, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the landmark decision that police officers are not entitled to consult with a lawyer before writing their…

Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act Passed By...

12 Jul 2018

On June 7, 2018,  Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act was passed by the Canadian Senate. This lifted a 95 year old law prohibiting recreational marihuana consumption and possession. Bill C-45…