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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Immigration and criminality: the impact of a criminal record for foreigners or permanent residents

Certain clients of Xavier Cormier, a criminal defense lawyer, are foreign citizens. Some of them are permanent residents waiting for their Canadian citizenship, while others are foreign students or refugee claimants.What are the consequences of a criminal conviction for these people? What would be the impact of a criminal record on their residence permit or their citizenship application?This issue, which relates both to criminal and immigration law, is partly resolved

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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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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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Ornella Saravalli, lawyer in criminal and immigration law

Mrs. Ornella Saravalli is a lawyer in criminal, penal as well as immigration law. She practices in various courts in Quebec, municipal courts and also Youth Court.While Mrs. Saravalli was in university, her team won the prestigious prize of the best team outside Europe in the René Cassin Human Rights Competition. Mrs. Saravalli works together with the Cormier Simard law firm occasionally on some cases that require several defence lawyers.As

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A client charged with theft receives an absolute discharge

One client of Mr.Xavier Cormier was charged with shoplifting. The client is a foreigner awaiting a decision from the immigration authorities in view of acquiring Canadian citizenship. The client admitted having committed the theft (guilty plea). Mr. Cormier, a criminal defense lawyer, negotiated with the prosecutor and then defended the case before the judge. After making a donation, the client benefited from an absolute discharge.Mr. Cormier’s clients do not always

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