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Ottawa Ontario Criminal Law Blog

What happens after an arrest has been made?

The criminal justice system can seem complex. Many people observe what they see on television dramas and may conclude that is what happens in real life. In some cases, it could be true, in others it could be false.

The reality is that many people are very unsure of what to expect when they are charged with a crime. It’s best advised that if you have been charged with a crime that you consult with an experienced criminal defence lawyer so you understand your legal rights and options.

Young Offenders and Terrorism

In a recent article posted by, research showed that post 9/11, approximately 50 people were charged with terrorist activity in Canada. Half of those arrests lead to convictions. A notable number of these individuals were minors.

Currently, terrorism charges lead directly to criminal charges, and the full range of consequences under criminal legislation. However, there is a movement to allow young offenders charged with terrorism to be afforded the penalties offered in the Youth Criminal Justice Act instead.

Youth crimes: Will I go to jail?

Many young people make mistakes in their youth. Some mistakes, like ignoring homework or staying out too late may only result in parental and educational consequences. But other bad choices, like vandalism, breaking and entering, theft and impaired driving can all result in more severe penalties.

If a young person has been charged with a crime, a very common first thought is “will I go to jail?”. While both youths and parents may not want to hear it, the answer is yes - jail is a possibility. But it depends on the severity of the crime.

What You Need To Know About Bail

Navigating Ontario’s criminal justice system can be daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. Understanding the rules, regulations, and procedures is stressful and can feel overwhelming.

While no two cases are alike, understanding what to expect can go a long way in helping ease the worry. Here are a few key pieces of information about bail.

Your fragile rights when the police stop you for impaired driving

One of the most intimidating sights for a driver is that of flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Your mind may begin racing, wondering what you may have done wrong. Did you come to a complete stop at that traffic light? Were you driving over the speed limit? As the officer collects your driver's license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, he or she is also trying to determine if you are impaired behind the wheel.

The conversation that takes place during a traffic stop, gives Ontario police a chance look for clues that a driver has been drinking. Is there alcohol on your breath? Are you slurring your words? Do you seem confused? Are your eyes bloodshot or glassy? Any of these signs or others may be enough for the officer to ask you to step out of the vehicle. It is important that you understand your rights in this situation.

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