Toronto Criminal And Civil Law Blog

Due diligence is needed before bringing a gun into Canada

Most visitors to Canada are likely ready to face the inspection process at the border, knowing about the restrictions for food and alcohol taken into the country. However, not everybody is aware of the zero-tolerance policy for bringing firearms into Canada. In many instances, visitors from places that allow people to carry concealed weapons may be caught unaware.

If you are a Canadian visitor, and you forget about the handgun you have with you, the consequences can be severe. Although officers at the border can exercise discretion, they could order the destruction of your weapon, issue a fine, and you might even face jail time. Learning about the requirements and restrictions for transporting firearms into Canada might help you to avoid these harsh repercussions.

The differences between civil and criminal cases

Whether you face a civil lawsuit or criminal charges, you may be unfamiliar with the ensuing legal procedures. Civil lawsuits result from disagreements or injuries and damage caused by one party's alleged negligence, resulting in the plaintiff suing the defendant. On the other hand, criminal cases involve accusations of violations of public-law statutes.

Civil and criminal processes differ significantly. Criminal proceedings start with an arrest, and police must protect your rights -- one of which is to consult with a lawyer. You will then be in custody in a detention centre until a hearing in which the justice of the peace will order your release on bail, or you will remain in custody. A trial must follow within a reasonable time.

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