Highway Traffic Act
Liquor License Act
Regulates the sale of alcohol by bars, restaurants, hotels, clubs and taverns (e.g. selling alcohol without a permit, selling to minors, selling to intoxicated persons).
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Fish & Wildlife
& Prevention Act
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act
Environmental Protection Act
In general, federal regulatory offences carry with them more severe punishment than violations of provincial or municipal regulations. Whereas provincial and municipal regulatory regimes impose penalties such as monetary fines as well as the loss of various licenses, federal regulatory offences are often considered true criminal offences and may result in a criminal record as well as incarceration.
Given that regulatory offence charges proceed with the assumption that the accused is “guilty until proven innocent” and that a charge is likely to result in a conviction, your goal should be to receive as lenient a penalty as possible. While you may think that your only option is to plead guilty, there are a host of possible options for you under the provisions of any specific legislation. It is Vishal Sharma’s job to know what those options are and how to pursue them to your benefit. If you or your company has been charged with a regulatory offence, contact Vishal today to learn more about your alternatives.