What Is the Difference Between a Provincial Offence and a Criminal Offence?
Provincial Offences, Such As Municipal Bylaw Charges, Among Others, Are Prosecuted Within the Ontario Court of Justice Using Procedures Prescribed By the Provincial Offences Act. SPPC and DefendCharges.ca May Be Able to Help You Defend Against These Types of Charges.
Defending Against Provincial Offence Allegations Including Municipal Bylaw Charges
Provincial offences are quasi-crimes or regulatory offences in that they are violation of laws enacted to regulate individual conduct for the protection of society as a whole and they are prosecuted by a Prosecutor as an agent of the state; however, unlike criminal offences, upon conviction of a provincial offence a person avoids establishing a criminal record.
The Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, provides the procedural law that guides the process by which offences within numerous substantive law statutes are prosecuted. The range in matters falling under the purview of provincial offences is very broad and may include charges for violation of the Occupational Health & Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, Building Code Act, municipal by-laws, or other similar matters.
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Options Available When Disputing a Provincial Offence Notice
(Plea of Guilty)
Paying a provincial offence ticket is never recommended as payment of the fine will be accepted as an automatic admission of guilt. This will result in a conviction against you or your business for the charge as laid and you will suffer the full consequences which generally consists of a monetary fine.
with the Prosecution
Meeting with the prosecutor is never recommended as you will not be able to obtain a copy of the evidence prior and you will not know the strength of the case against you. While there may be some form of reduction offered, there is usually little chance to secure a withdrawal regardless of your explanation which will likely do more harm than good.
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Requesting a trial date is always recommended so that you may request and receive a copy of the evidence. Only then will you truly be able to determine the strength of the case against you and any possible defences. Choose DefendCharges.ca to defend you at trial and increase your chances of winning.