The criminal justice system in Ontario can be complex and confusing, especially for those charged with a criminal offense for the first time. Whether you’re looking to be prepared in case you’re charged or have been charged, this post will help guide you through the initial stages. For most offenses, especially serious offenses, the police will both arrest and charge you. If you are arrested, the police will read you your rights, and take you to the police station to be fingerprinted and photographed. You have a right to speak with a criminal lawyer And to receive legal advice. You should consult a criminal lawyer as soon as you are able to. In some circumstances, you will only be charged and not arrested. If so, you will be given a date to report to a police station for fingerprinting and photographing and a date to appear at court to set a trial date.
Ontario Criminal Offense TypesSummary offense:
- Less serious
- Trial will be in a provincial court before a judge (without a jury)
- Serious crimes
- Accused may be able to choose which court will hear the case, including whether there will be a jury