A Summary Offence is …
A Summary offence in Canada is also known as a Summary Conviction Offence, or less formally a ‘petty crime’.
Summary offences are considered less serious than Indictable offences. Summary offences are punishable by shorter prison sentences, probation and/or prohibition orders as well as smaller fines.
Examples of Summary Offences:
- Driving With More Than 80 MGS of Alcohol
- Theft Under
- Fraud Under
- Possession of a Narcotic
- Simple/Common Assault
- Fail to Appear/Comply
- Disturbing the Peace
When Is A Person Eligible For A Pardon For A Summary Offence?
A person is eligible for a Record Suspension or Pardon for a Summary offence 5 years from when they complete sentence given by the court judge; given that they have not been convicted of any further offences during this period of time. A sentence may include fines paid, victim surcharges, restitution, and/or compensation orders.