How to have the police delete your fingerprints

In many cases, clients reach such results that they avoid having a criminal record. For example, this is the case when they are acquitted, when they sign a commitment under Section 810 and have the main charge withdrawn, when they receive a conditional discharge or an absolute discharge during sentencing, or when the charge is dropped by the Prosecutor despite an initial summons to appear before the Judge, as when

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Plea bargaining

Plea bargaining is a common practice in Quebec penal judicial system.Here is an exemple of plea bargaining:A client of Xavier Cormier was charged with assault causing bodily harm (Section 267b) Criminal Code of Canada), assault with a weapon (Section 267b) Criminal Code), mischief exceeding $ 5,000 (Section 430(1)a)(3)a) Criminal Code) and possession of a weapon for the purpose of committing an offence (Section 88(2)a) Criminal Code). During the preliminary hearing,

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Three clients charged with shoplifting are given absolute discharges

Three clients of criminal lawyer Luc Simard had been charged with shoplifting together (Section 334 Criminal Code of Canada). Mr. Simard undertook negotiations with the Prosecutor. The clients made a donation to a charity organization and pleaded guilty to the charges. Taking into account the donations made as well as each of the women’s permanent resident status, the lawyers suggested the Judge grant them absolute discharges. The Judge acquiesced.Not all

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A client receives a discharge despite his past jail sentence

In the Montreal district, an individual was charged with harassment, under Section 264(1)(3)b) of the Criminal Code, communicating repeatedly by means of telecommunications, under 372(3)(4)b) of the Criminal Code and uttering threats to cause bodily injuries under Section 264.1(1)a)(2)b) of the Criminal Code. Under the influence of alcohol, the defendant had made several consecutive phone calls to another occupant of the housing complex of his lady friend. The conversations, which

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A client charged with shoplifting receives an absolute discharge

Criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was defending a client charged with shoplifting for a value exceeding $ 800 (Section 334 Criminal Code of Canada). Given her professional status, her age and the fact that she did not have a criminal record, Mr.Cormier negotiated with the Prosecutor so that his client could benefit from a discharge. The client made a donation to a charity organization and then pleaded guilty. The Judge agreed

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He received a discharge despite multiple charges of conjugal violence

In the Montreal district, a man was facing seven conjugal violence charges in four different cases. The defendant and the plaintiff were in the process of separating and were fighting over the division of their assets as well as custody of their two young children. One first issue had been resolved as an acquittal in exchange for a commitment to keep the peace. A second conflict occurred while their residence

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A director avoid a criminal record after being found guilty of fraud over 5000$

A person holding an important position within a non-profit organization was charged with counterfeiting documents, that is falsified expense accounts, which falls under Section 367b) of the Criminal Code, using these documents as though they were genuine, falling under Section 368(1)a)c) of the Criminal Code, and thereby defrauding the employer for a sum of nearly $ 10,000, which is an offence under Section 380(1)a) of the Criminal Code. This person

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A client charged with mischief receives an absolute discharge

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier had been charged with mischief under $ 5,000 committed on an automobile vehicle (Section 430 (1) a) (4) b) Criminal Code of Canada). A criminal record would have interfered with the career of this client, who was a student. The client made a donation to a charity organization. Mr. Cormier and the Prosecutor suggested the Judge grant the client an absolute discharge, taking

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A client charged with fraud receives an absolute discharge

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was charged with fraud under 5000$ (section 380 Criminal Code of Canada). A criminal record could have resulted in the client losing her job . Mr. Cormier discussed the case with the Prosecutor. The client pleaded guilty to the charge. Given the fact that she made a donation to a benevolent organisation and considering her personal situation, the Prosecutor and Mr Cormier suggested

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A client charged with public mischief is granted an absolute discharge

A client of Mr. Xavier Cormier was charged with committing public mischief (Section 140 (1) c) (2) (a) Criminal Code of Canada). She had to avoid having a criminal record, especially because of her travels to the United States and her job.The client pleaded guilty to the public mischief charges. A lawyer working with Mr. Cormier asked the Judge to grant the client an absolute discharge, but the Prosecutor did

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Although found guilty of shoplifting, a teacher avoided having a criminal record

Shoplifting is often an offence that our clients commit during a stressful period of their lives. For instance, a teacher was arrested in Montreal after stealing merchandise in a department store. She was charged with theft in accordance with Section 334 b ii) of the Criminal Code.This client’s career would have been in jeopardy if she had been convicted, since her employer checked for criminal records. Our criminal lawyer therefore

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Four clients charged with theft receive discharges on the same day

Sometimes criminal lawyers have to deal with several cases at the same time, for instance when cases go to court on the same date. This is what happened to four clients of lawyer Xavier Cormier who all pleaded guilty to shoplifting charges on the same day in unrelated cases. For various reasons covered by the Criminal Code and jurisprudence, these clients received discharges in order to avoid having criminal records. Since

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A threatening call to 911: he is charged with threats and mischief but avoids getting a criminal record

After a car accident for which he could not manage to find assistance from the police, an individual phoned 911 and threatened to kill someone. The police rushed to the location in order to arrest him. He was charged with making death threats (Section 264.1 (1) a) (2) b) of the Criminal Code) and mischief (Section 430(1) d) (4) b) of the Criminal Code).  He hired criminal lawyer Veronica Vallelonga who works in

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Although charged with dangerous driving and mischief, he receives a discharge

An individual was arrested by the police after breaking a mail box and then driving away recklessly. He was charged with dangerous driving (Section 249 (1)a) and (2)b) of the Criminal Code) and mischief under $ 5,000 (Section 430 (1) a) and (4)b) Criminal Code). He hired a criminal lawyer from our firm, Mr Luc Simard. The client acknowledged the facts, but wished to avoid having a criminal record, given

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A client charged with false marriage receives a discharge

Pursuant to a broad investigation carried out by the federal authorities, multiple charges had been laid by the Department of Justice against Canadians and immigrants who had contracted false marriages (Section 127 Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). Criminal lawyer  Xavier Cormier represented a Canadian woman who was charged with entering a marriage of convenience with a foreigner so that he could receive Canadian citizenship. The client was guilty of the charge

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A client charged with theft receives a second discharge

A client of the Cormier Simard law firm was charged in Laval with shoplifting (Section 334 b) (ii) Criminal Code). She had already received an absolute discharge in the past for a similar charge. The client wished to receive a second discharge because a criminal record would have interfered with her personal life and her career. The representative of Mr Cormier negotiated with the Prosecutor. The client pleaded guilty to

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A client already having a criminal record receives an absolute discharge

Christos Karteris, a criminal lawyer working for Cormier Simard, was defending a client charged with possession of 47 grams of cannabis resin (Section 4 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). This client already had a criminal record for impaired driving. Nevertheless, he wished to receive a discharge to avoid having problems with his employer. The client pleaded guilty to the drug possession charge. Mr Karteris had the client testify, and the

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Two clients charged with violations of the Immigration Act receive absolute discharges

The Cormier Simard criminal law firm was representing two clients charged with attempting to enter Canada fraudulently in contravention of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Sections 18, 124 and 131 of the Act). Mr. Cormier discussed with the Prosecutor and explained his clients’ situation. The latter had to avoid having criminal records in order to be able to enter Canada once again. The Judge agreed to the lawyers’ suggestion

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A client charged with assault with a weapon against a police officer receives a discharge

Charges of assault with a weapon against a police officer (Section 270.01 Criminal Code of Canada) were laid against a client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier. After analyzing the evidence, Mr.Cormier met with the Prosecutor to discuss the case. The client had to avoid having a criminal record because of her career. The client of Mr. Cormier pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a weapon. The lawyers suggested the

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A client charged with possession of cannabis receives an absolute discharge

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was charged with simple possession of over 200 grams of marijuana (Section 4 (1) (4) b) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). Mr. Cormier negotiated with the Prosecutor. Mr. Cormier’s client made a donation to a charity organization and then pleaded guilty to the cannabis possession charge. The lawyers suggested the Judge grant Mr. Cormier’s client an absolute discharge. The Judge agreed.Not all Mr.

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