What is the crown seeking in understandable terms and what would be the most appropriate approach to my case? thank you

Assaultx1 charge Crown is seeking guilt plea before first court appearance, suspend passing of sentence plus 18 months probation, anger management, PAR Program, 40 hours CSO. What does this mean in terms of a criminal record and does 40 hours CSO mean community service? Based off the crowns position should I retain a lawyer? Any advice is much needed and appreciated Thank you

Asked 12 months ago in Toronto, Ontario
Categories: Criminal Law

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Andrew Captan

Answer by Andrew Captan

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The sentencing position the Crown is seeking (a Suspended Sentence and Probation) triggers a criminal conviction (record).  The "CSO" in this context would mean 40 hours of community service.

A Crown does not determine the sentence. A Judge does. Of course, a sentence is only imposed if you were to plead guilty to the Assault (or be found guilty after a trial).

You have to determine what your objective is in the case, including whether you agree with the allegations.

At the very least, you should consult with a criminal defence lawyer to explore your options in more detail, rather than seeking only general info online.

My contact info is below, if you wanted to discuss the case.
Andrew Captan
Toronto Criminal Lawyer

Posted 12 months ago

Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact Andrew Captan, or search the Lawyer Directory.

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