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Vancouver and Edmonton Criminal Lawyers Handling Administrative and Quasi-criminal Offences

Administrative and Quasi-criminal Offences may not seem all that serious, but they can have a profound effect on your reputation and livelihood. Depending on the violation and the province, these types of charges can lead to fines, license suspension or revocation, civil and criminal prosecution, and even incarceration.

What are Administrative and Quasi-criminal Offenses?

This title covers a wide range of offences and violations related to but not specifically criminal law. Quite simply, a quasi-criminal offense is a class of crime where the prosecutor does not need to prove the accused’s intent; failing to file GST returns or drive without due care and attention can result in conviction despite the accused’s good intentions. While many occur in the context of a corporate environment, individuals can and often are charged with administrative or quasi-criminal offences.

Sprake Song & Konye are experienced in defending clients charged with a variety of regulatory offences. If you are facing these types of charges, we encourage you to browse the information below and contact our office as soon as possible.

Failing to Comply with Conditions

Failing to comply is commonly thought of as a quasi-criminal offence. However, those who are found guilty of violating their bail conditions, probation orders, and even peace bonds face additional criminal convictions and penalties beyond those assessed as a result of their original offence.

These charges are very serious. Just one conviction for failing to comply with conditions of release or probation, can create major difficulties securing future release on bail.

In order for the prosecutor to establish the offender’s guilt in failing to comply, they must prove that the accused violated their bail conditions and intended to do so. Unintentional violations of bail or other conditions will not result in a guilty verdict unless the accused is found to be reckless regarding their compliance.

There are certain circumstances in which the accused had a valid reason for violating bail conditions, such as sudden illness necessitating a trip to the hospital.

Prosecuting failures to comply can be complex and there are many defences. It is vital that you consult with a professional and dedicated lawyer who will defend your rights.

Other Regulatory Offences

There are many federal, provincial and municipal acts that aren’t part of the Criminal Code. Canada wide there are a number of regulatory offences that effect everyone such as the Traffic Safety Act and the Income Tax Act.

Just because you’ve been charged with a regulatory offence doesn’t mean you’ll be convicted. Sound legal representation could mean the difference between an acquittal and a conviction which can complicate your life, impact your future employment, livelihood, and personal freedom.

Both individuals and organizations can be charged with regulatory offences. In some cases offenders will face a fine, suspension of privileges, or even jail time.

Trials can occur either in Provincial or superior Courts such as Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In Alberta a Justice of the Peace typically oversees trials dealing with the Traffic Safety Act.

Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

In both British Columbia and Alberta it is understood that both citizens and our government need to protect the environment. Although most often environmental protection is focused on large industry, small businesses including farmers and backyard mechanics are regulated and can be subject to prosecution under these acts.

Large financial penalties as well as privilege and license suspensions are common consequences sought by the prosecution. Because our courts continue to see a significant increase in the numbers of these once rare prosecutions it is important for those facing such allegations to be well represented by those with experience in the area.

Securities Act Violations

Securities Act violations may include activities such as fraud and insider trading. Securities Act violations can be difficult and time consuming for prosecutors to pursue, and since corporate finance and corporate law are commonly involved in Securities Act cases, they can be extremely complex.

Wildlife Act

The Hunting Act regulates the use and storage of hunting weapons, hunting licensure, and hunting license infractions such as hunting on private property and hunting prohibited animals. Choosing a lawyer familiar with these issues is essential.

Tax Evasion

Violations of the Income Tax Act such as tax evasion or filing false returns are quasi-criminal offences which can carry heavy fines or even jail time, depending on the circumstances.

Traffic Safety Act

Another extremely common type of regulatory offence. Highway Traffic Act Violations in British Columbia and Traffic Safety Act charges in Alberta, can be damaging to your reputation, current and future employment, as well as personal liberties. These types of offences may include failing to remain at the scene of an accident, careless or distracted driving.

Those who depend on their driving privileges for work or an otherwise to support their family require aggressive and experienced representation.

Complex Legal Issues Demand Experienced Representation

Violations of various provincial and federal acts, such careless driving, or tax evasion can be complex regulatory prosecutions which can be closely tied to other areas of the law. It doesn’t take long to land you in a situation which is confusing and potentially damaging to your future.

The right legal representation can make all the difference. If you have been accused of a regulatory offence, please call our office today.

Sprake Song & Konye are aggressive, professional lawyers who understand these confusing areas of the law and will fight to maintain your good standing.
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