What Are Provincial Offences?

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 the Crown as an agent of the state; however, unlike actual criminal offences such as those found in the Criminal Code, upon conviction of a provincial offence a person avoids establishing a criminal record.

The Provincial Offences Act 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 Highway Traffic Act, Environmental Protection Act, Building Code Act, municipal by-laws or other quasi-criminal matters.

Why Fight Provincial Offences & Regulatory Offences?

  1. If you plead guilty or are found guilty following a trial there will be a conviction recorded against you personally or against your company.
  2. Following a conviction there will be significant penalties including fines that may range from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, provincial offence probation and/or incarceration.
  3. A conviction may subject you or your business to regulatory/licensing conditions, suspension and/or revocation of a business licence affecting your livelihood.
  4. If you are charged with the same or similar offence in the future it may be “aggravating” and/or considered a subsequent offence with increased penalty provisions.

Help Defending Your Legal Matter

Help Defending Your Legal MatterDefendCharges.ca has successfully defended thousands of Ontario traffic tickets, bylaw charges, and provincial offences.

Our network of licensed professionals possess the courtroom knowledge and experience required to successfully negotiate a withdrawal or reduced offence or proceed to Trial, if required, in effort to achieve the best possible outcome.

One of our experienced representatives will review your legal matter and explain the unique strengths and weaknesses of your case; and then work with you to create a winning strategy for defending your matter.  We will always make the best attempt to eliminate your charge or charges completely.  In the event that we are unable to eliminate your charge(s) completely, we will take all necessary steps:

  • To secure a guilty plea to a reduced or amended offence;
  • To minimize any monetary penalty imposed;
  • To protect you from license conditions, revocation, or suspension;
  • To protect your business (if applicable) from costly disruptions and losses; and
  • To prevent damage to your good reputation.

The DefendCharges.ca representation includes the filing of your traffic ticket or offence notice, as it may be, or any other necessary documents as may be discussed and agreed to.  Additionally, for those matters requiring a first appearance, commonly referred to as a 'set date', DefendCharges.ca will attend such court dates on your behalf as well as providing the best effort possible stategic defence given the circumstance(s) of your offence or charge.

You Have Three (3) Traffic Ticket Fighting Options

#1Pay the Ticket/Fine
(Plea of Guilty)
Never Recommended

Paying a traffic ticket is never recommended as payment of the fine will be accepted as an automatic admission of guilt.  This will result in a conviction on your driving record for the charge as laid and you will suffer the full consequences which may include demerit points and/or a driver’s licence suspension.  Novice driver’s beware!

#2Request a Meeting
with the Prosecution
Never Recommended

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.

#3Request a Trial
Always Recommended
Your Best Option

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.

Quick & Easy Retainer Process

1

We will provide you with a free fifteen (15) minute consultation, review your circumstances, and explain your options for defending your matter; whereas we consider your driving record, and/or any history of past offences, as well as potential consequences of a conviction.

2

We will obtain a copy of your driver’s licence or other government issued identification, a copy of the charging document(s), and details of the alleged offence(s) as well as any other information that you deem relevant.

3

We will forward our retainer agreement to you wherein our service fees are outlined along with payment arrangement options as well as the nature of our relationship including our obligations to each other.

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