First crimminal charge it is over 23.00 dollars how will affect travel

booked a trip to Europe 10 months ago, was charged with robbery with violence last night over 23.00 I have a date booked for Jan 31 for court but leave for Europe early feb. I will be pleading not guilty will this affect my travel plans.

Asked 12 months ago in Ontario
Categories: Criminal Law

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Edward Prutschi

Answer by Edward Prutschi

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Whether this charge will impact your ability to travel depends on a host of factors but the most important one is the terms of your bail.

IF the bail doesn't contain any terms that require you to remain in Ontario, reside with your surety every night, or some other similar conditions that would restrict your travel, then you *should* be able to take the trip. However, there are possible immigration concerns too, particularly if your flight takes you through the US at any point.

If the bail does have terms restricting travel, it's very important that you immediately hire a lawyer who can start the process of having your bail varied. This process can take time and sometimes be complex so it's best to get rolling on it right away to minimize the chances that your trip will be affected.

If you intend to hire a lawyer to represent you on the charges (highly advisable in this case as, even though it's all over $23, a robbery charge is extremely serious and carries possible jail time and can have a lifelong impact on your future ability to work or travel), most lawyers will agree to appear on your behalf in court after you file what's called a "Designation of Counsel". This would also make it easier for you to travel without concern.

If you have additional questions, I would be very happy to speak with you at length as part of an initial client consultation. Please visit my website at where you can more about me and how I can help you.

Posted 12 months ago

Edward D. Prutschi Adler Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Criminal Litigation
5000 Yonge Street, Suite 1708 Toronto, ON M2N 7E9
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