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, 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 Highway Traffic Act, Environmental Protection Act, Building Code Act, municipal by-laws or other quasi-criminal matters.
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Statutorily Prescribed Sentences With tens of thousands of traffic tickets issued for violations of the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. ...Learn More
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Stunts or Racing or Excessive Speeding The offence of stunt driving or racing or engaging in excessive speeds, among other things, may result in...Learn More
Are you charged with a Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8. offence? Paralegals are available to fight 'tooth & nail' at trial or to...Learn More