Warrants outside Toronto

If your warrant is outside Toronto or in another province, you have two options: 1. If you want to plead not guilty to the charge(s), then you must return to the city that issued the warrant and turn yourself in. The courts in Toronto cannot deal with your case. 2.  If you want to plead […]

Warrants for your arrest must include certain information, such as your name or a description of you and a brief description of the offence you’ve been charged with. It’s the duty of the police officer arresting you to have a copy of the warrant and, where it’s feasible, to show it to you. Some warrants […]

Dealing with warrants

Warrants do not “expire” after a certain period of time. They exist until you deal with them. It is always better to turn yourself in than to be picked up by the police. The courts will usually look at you more favourably because they consider turning yourself in evidence that you are taking responsibility. If your warrant is in […]

Warrant checks

If you think there may be a warrant for your arrest but you are unsure, you can speak with a lawyer. The lawyer can call the police and ask if there is a warrant for your arrest without letting them know where you are.

Police entering private property to arrest

Generally, the police must have a warrant to arrest a person on private property (e.g. a shelter or drop-in centre). They can arrest you on private property without a warrant if they are trying to prevent you from hurting or killing someone, or to prevent you from destroying evidence. Usually, the police officers must identify themselves before entering […]

Getting arrested?

Remember that once you are arrested or detained, you have a number of legal rights including the right to remain silent, be told why you have been arrested or detained, be informed of your right to speak to a lawyer and be given an opportunity to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. The police may continue […]