Services by topic - Criminal Law
If you have experienced family violence and need immediate legal help, you might be able to get 2 hours of free advice from a lawyer. This service is offered through some women's shelters, community legal clinics, and Family Law Service Centres. Or you can call Legal Aid Ontario toll-free at 1-800-668-8258 to find out more.
If you have experienced sexual abuse and live in Toronto, Ottawa, or Thunder Bay, you might be able to get 4 hours of free advice from a lawyer. You have to complete a voucher request form. Or you can call the Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program at 1-855-226-3904 to find out more.
JusticeNet is a not-for-profit service helping people in need of legal expertise, whose income is too high to access legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees. JusticeNet is currently available to anyone living in Ontario.
If you are Aboriginal, you may be able to get assistance through Aboriginal Courtworker Programs that help people who are in conflict with the law, whether they are living on or off reserve, including First Nations, status and non-status Indians, Métis with or without a Métis card, and Inuit. For more information contact your local Friendship Centre. Friendship Centres across Ontario are listed on the web site of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC).
If you or your lawyer want more information about Gladue, go to the website of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) and look at the Gladue page. ALST has Aboriginal courtworkers at all the Toronto area criminal courts. ALST also has Gladue caseworkers who write reports in several places in Ontario.
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General's Victim Services Directory allows users to enter the name of their location and type of service or program in order to find services in their community. If you would like to talk with an information and referral counsellor, please call the Victim Support Line at 1-888-579-2888.
211 Ontario is an information and referral hotline that gives help in many languages. Dial 211 for free from any phone in Ontario. They take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Legal Aid Ontario offers legal aid help in over 200 languages at 1-800-668-8258 toll-free Monday to Friday during business hours. If you are deaf, deafened or hard or hearing you can call them on Bell relay or TTY.
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