I have been charged with an assault. I am not a Canadian citizen. What should I do?

Question: 
I have been charged with an assault. I am not a Canadian citizen. What should I do?
Answer: 

Get legal advice right away. You need legal advice about criminal law and immigration law. Even someone who is a permanent resident can lose their status and be removed from Canada if they are convicted of a crime that is considered "serious."

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