I’m a permanent resident charged with a crime. Will I have to leave Canada?
2. Learn about your rights when you’re charged with a crime
When you’re charged with a crime, you have the right to have a trial in criminal court.
You also have the right to have a lawyer at your trial. If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, you may be able to get help from Legal Aid Ontario.
- the crime you’ve been found guilty of
- the circumstances of the crime
- your personal circumstances
It’s important to tell the judge about your personal circumstances including how a sentence could affect your status.
When the judge decides on your sentence, they can consider how being convicted or getting a certain sentence can affect your permanent resident status. They can make decisions that help you avoid being because of a crime.
For example, they can decide:
- whether to convict you or give you an absolute or conditional discharge if you’re found guilty, or
- what sentence to give you if you’re convicted.
If you’re convicted of a serious crime
- remove your permanent resident status, and
- deport you from Canada.
There may be things you can do to stay in Canada. Get legal help right away.