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Municipal By-Laws and Regulatory Boards
In Ontario, municipalities and Regulatory boards have been granted the power to oversee niche areas of law, such as by-laws, liquor licenses, fire codes, building codes, and employment laws. Municipal by-laws and regulatory boards such as the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are enforced under the Provincial Offences Act, and carry monetary penalties that range from fines of $500 – $150 000, plus possible imprisonment. Penalties may also include closure orders and various other terms of probation upon conviction.
If you or your business has been served with either an Offence Notice or Summons, you need legal advice so you understand the implications a conviction or order will have on yourself or your business. Future civil liability can often be affected by convictions on current charges. Most businesses can’t afford to be closed or lose their liquor license for a week or even a few days under court or board order. It’s important that you understand your rights and obligations before you enter the hearing to answer for either yourself or company. SW Legal Services has the skills and experience to protect your rights, and aggressively defend against the prosecution.
SW Legal Services regularly appears before provincial courts, regulatory boards and agencies in the areas of York Region, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Aurora, Toronto, the GTA, Mississauga, Brampton and Durham.