You should write an account of the events leading to your arrest. Include a general dated chronology and a description of your interaction with the police but save your version of what happened for an in-person consultation. This is so your lawyer can have a comprehensive and accurate picture of the circumstances.
Whether you can travel with a conviction is at the discretion of the country to which you are travelling but to be safe, you can apply for an entry waiver if you intend on planning internationally.
Generally, an impaired driving or administrative charge alone does not prevent you from travelling to the United States.
A conviction on a sexual offence, homicide, drug offence, or internet crime will likely affect your ability to travel internationally. It is expected that you will need an entry waiver if you intend on traveling to the United States.
Roulston Criminal Defence Firm can make most of your upcoming appearances for you. You may need to attend court with your lawyer if you are being sentenced, and during most hearing dates (such as trials or preliminary inquiries).
You will have to attend your fingerprinting appearance as specified on your Recognizance but if you are acquitted or your charges are withdrawn, Roulston Criminal Defence Firm will send a letter to the Government of Canada requesting that those records be destroyed.
Depending on the nature of your circumstances, Roulston Criminal Defence Firm can help you get your life back on track by recommending a counseling plan, or arranging drug and alcohol treatment programs.
Certain offences (such as high-level drug prosecutions or homicides) attract media-attention. Roulston Criminal Defence Firm can make an application for a Publication Ban to exclude the media, or other members of the general public from your proceedings. In certain situations, a publication ban is an effective way to maintain your privacy but it can also work to draw unwanted attention to your case. It is important to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of requesting a publication ban with experienced counsel.
The police can search your property (e.g. your home, car, computer or cell phone) but they have to follow certain protocols so that your Charter rights aren’t violated. For instances, the police may have a search warrant but the basis for the warrant might be inadequate. A successful Court application can undermine the basis for a search and invalidate evidence obtained in its course.
So if your property was improperly searched any evidence found as a result of those searches may not be admissible at your trial.
The police have the ability to ask you incriminating questions about your charges but you have no obligation to answer those questions. With the exception of identifying yourself, you have the right to remain silent during police questioning and in fact you should.
If you have already given an incriminating statement to the police, the statement may be excluded from your trial if it was improperly obtained.
The police can confiscated property such as your cell phone or cash.
If the police have seized your property in a search, you may be able to have those items returned although drugs will not be returned unless they were medically prescribed. Asset Recovery is a complicated legal matter best tackled by a qualified lawyer.
If you are charged with a serious offence, or sentenced to a period of imprisonment that is shorter than two years, you will be incarcerated at a provincially operated correctional or remand center.
If you are sentenced to a period of imprisonment that is two years or greater, you will be incarcerated at a federal penitentiary that has maximum, medium or low security measures.
The Sexual Offender’s Information Registry is a database created by the Canadian Government that requires those convicted with certain sexual offences to register and disclose personal information to police. Registry occurs every year for a period ranging from 10 years to life, depending on the nature and number of offences.
The public does not have access to SOIRA.