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  1. #1
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    Aug 2012

    Question What's Involved in Pressing Charges

    My question involves criminal law for the Canadian province of: Ontario

    Hello. I'm new to the forum.

    Here's a bit of background on my situation. I have a seasonal property in northern Ontario. A person who is known to me somehow obtained a key to the property and decided to live there without my consent when his wife kicked him out. When I found out that he was living in my cottage, I gave him 48 hours to vacate before I contacted the police. He left a mess inside and out (which has been cleaned up by a friend) and he abandoned 2 kittens without food or water. They were found in time and were taken to the SPCA who has declined to press charges for abandonment. He also stole some property which his girlfriend (now-ex) later return.

    The police have advised me that I can press charges for trespassing and theft, possibly mischief as well depending on the extent of the mess. I've never pressed charges before, what is involved? Will I be required to go to court? I live in another province and don't have the ability to fly back and forth, could my testimony be given via an affidavit? Or could someone appear for me?

    Thank you,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: What's Involved in Pressing Charges

    are you in competition with Puerto Rico in becoming the 51st US state?

    sorry snow, this is a US forum/

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