The Criminal Code of Canada is the statute that defines criminal offences and criminal court procedures, such as the procedure for a bail hearing or a trial. It also provides guidelines for the penalties a person charged could be subject to if found guilty of a criminal offence and the principles and objectives that guide the Courts when sentencing an offender. The lawyers at Heller, Rubel have extensive experience in representing clients at the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal. We have defended clients facing every kind of criminal charge, including:
Other statutes are relevant to the practice of criminal law and will impact individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system. For example, the Identification of Criminals Act authorizes the police to take fingerprints and photographs of a defendant after arrest; the Criminal Records Act outlines the procedures for requesting a record suspension (formerly known as a "pardon"); the Corrections and Conditional Release Act governs the incarceration of offenders, determines the procedures for early release and parole and sets out the procedure to obtain a record suspension.