Help with Criminal Law Problems
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)
Legal Aid Ontario has a number of services for people who qualify financially, including:
- certificates to cover the cost of lawyer, if there is a strong possibility you will be sentenced to jail,
- summary advice and information from a lawyer for up to 20 minutes, and
- expanded certificates for individuals who identify as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
Call: 1-800-668-8258 (collect calls are accepted)
Criminal Law Information Centre (CLIC) Advice Lawyers
CLIC offers general legal information on criminal law matters free of charge. You must meet Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility requirements to speak with duty counsel.
- Thursday afternoons from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Ontario Court of Justice, 36 Wyndham Street South, Guelph.
Law Society Referral Service
This is an online service that gives you a free 30-minute consultation with a lawyer or paralegal. A crisis line is available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Toll-free crisis line: 1-855-947-5255
The Justice Ontario website provides legal information in over 170 languages.
John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington – Pardons (Record Suspensions)
Provides information and services regarding criminal justice issues, including:
- community aftercare
- record suspensions
- domestic violence partner assault response programming, and
- adult diversion programs.
National Parole Board
The Parole Board is an independent administrative tribunal that is part of the Canadian criminal justice system. If you have questions regarding records suspensions call: 1-800-874-2652.