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)

Click here to apply online for a Legal Aid

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

CLIC is currently not operating due to Covid, call Legal Aid Ontario for advice.

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

Justice Ontario
The Justice Ontario website provides legal information in over 170 languages.
Call: 1-866-252-0104

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.

Call: 1-519-743-6071

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.