What is a Quasi-criminal Prosecution?
Quasi-Criminal prosecutions deal with breaches of Regulatory or Administrative Law, rather than Criminal Law. They are not classified as criminal charges per se because they are not based on breaking the Criminal Code or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
While non-criminal in nature, Quasi-Criminal prosecutions share many similarities with criminal prosecutions; for example, some procedures used in these cases can be similar to criminal cases. Moreover, the punishment imposed, such as jail, fines, or loss of an administrative license is also comparable.
Typically, the decision-makers in Quasi-Criminal cases are not judges, but rather panels and/or tribunals of experts. A justice of the peace with special jurisdiction may also rule over a Quasi-Criminal case.
Despite the similarities between Quasi-criminal and criminal cases, there are salient differences. Rules of evidence are often more relaxed and subjective in such cases, and procedures can be more fluid than those used in criminal cases. This, however, does not negate the seriousness of the consequences associated with Quasi-Criminal Prosecutions.
Should you be found guilty of a Quasi-Criminal charge, you may be facing equally serious punishment as a criminal charge, including imprisonment and monetary penalties.
Given the serious nature of the consequences associated with these charges, it is imperative to have qualified legal counsel navigate the proceeding on your behalf. If you have been charged with a Quasi-Criminal offence, contact Caramanna, Friedberg LLP today at (416) 924-5969.
See also Environmental prosecutions, Tax prosecutions, Fraud.