What Does A Criminal Record Mean In Ontario?

The definition for what a criminal record is in Ontario can be vague, ambiguous and illusive.   However I take “criminal record” to mean a record of a criminal conviction in Canada. This means that one has been convicted of a criminal offence in Canada and now has a “criminal record”.  Negative Consequences can flow from a record such as the inability to cross an international border such as the United States of America (who share information readily with their northern neighbour Canada). Other consequences could be the inability to obtain employment with government agencies such as the police or crown attorneys office – employers who apply a high degree of scrutiny in screening their employees. There are other consequences too numerous to mention. Call Avi Baratz for a free consultation to discuss these matters further if your wish. So you may think that a criminal record is a fairly straight forward concept right? One has been convicted of a crime – and their sentence has been one that registered a conviction as a result – easy enough? Not so simple.  There are a myriad of other sentences that can be passed upon you without a conviction being registered that could still pop up somewhere as a “record”.  In fact you could even have had your charges withdrawn and/or won your case completely and a “record” still exists. Stay tuned for a further post where I discuss these “other non criminal records, records”.  If you would like to discuss these issues, please call me at 905-789-9007 or email me at avi@baratzlaw.com to schedule a free confidential consultation. 

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