As a lawyer practicing both criminal and immigration law, I often receive requests from colleagues for professional advice on issues they are facing when the two branches of law intersect. Recently, I was consulted by a client on behalf of a fellow criminal defence lawyer to provide an opinion letter for a judicial pretrial on the effect of a discharge for a domestic assault an accused was facing. The client was accused of assaulting his wife. He, and his wife, were also facing potential deportation. Fortunately, we were able to resolve their predicament.
Tax and Customs evasion charges do not fall under the Criminal Code of Canada, and have not historically resulted in individuals being denied entry to the United States. With the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) reported new plan to fingerprint individuals accused of these offences starting on April 1, 2017 this could change.
Sponsoring your spouse to Canada the easy way.
The Unpleasant Truth I recently came across this cartoon. It depicts two booths. The booth with a long line dispenses comforting lies. The other booth has no line, dispenses the unpleasant truth. The cartoon reminded me of a potential client that came into our office the other day. He was charged, as so many of…