In the province of Ontario, Provincial Offences are non-criminal offences, referred to by some as “minor” offences, that range from, but are not limited to:
- Being intoxicated in a public place or selling alcohol to a minor – Liquor Licence Act
- Entering prohibited premises or failing to leave premises after being directed to do so – Trespass to Property Act
- Violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and environmental legislation
- Municipal bylaws such as noise, taxi and animal care bylaws
- Highway Traffic Act matters such as speeding or traffic violations
The Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) hears virtually all provincial offence matters as well as municipal by-law offences. Charges laid under Provincial Offences Act are usually also referred to as “tickets”. Most of these charges result in out-of-court resolutions, usually monetary sanctions such as fine payments.
If you are issued a ticket under the Ontario Provincial Offences Act, it might seem like a good idea to just pay the set fine. However, a conviction recorded under the Provincial Offences Act, though usually not a criminal one, could in certain cases have long term repercussions. You ALWAYS have the right to request a trial and make the Crown prosecutor prove their case against you. In certain cases, our experienced and knowledgeable licenced Paralegals have been instrumental in being able to get a significantly reduced fine, or even total withdrawal of all charges. To discuss your options with an Ontario Provincial Offences Act charge, contact Help4U Paralegal Services now.