Julie Santarossa, LLB

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Regulatory Offences

What is a Regulatory Offence?

A regulatory offence is a non-criminal or quasi-criminal offence that is regulated for the wellbeing of the public interest.  There are many types of regulatory legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Liquor Licence Act, and the Highway Traffic Act.  The prosecution of a regulatory offence is similar to a criminal offence, whereby the same rules, procedures and evidence issue apply.  Although a conviction for a regulatory offence is not a criminal conviction, it can often lead to significant fines and the appropriate governing body maintains records of the alleged offending conduct that may affect your ability to operate in the future.

What Should You Expect?

Regulatory offences are often complex that may involve the use of information obtained through a search warrant and business records tending to demonstrate a strict liability defence.  There are numerous defences to regulatory offences that we can help you with.

If you are charged with a regulatory offence, contact our office so we can protect your interests and rights.