*2024 Results: Approx. 99% of Mark Zinck's clients avoided a criminal record (conviction) for charges of theft, fraud, assault, mischief and threats.

Criminal Sentencing in Ontario, Canada

A sentencing hearing is always conducted after an accused person is convicted of a crime. It occurs regardless of whether the accused pleads guilty, or is found guilty at trial. These hearings can be relatively simple (taking only a few minutes), or complex (taking more than a day). Typical sentences include time in custody, probation, fines, and restitution.  

Sentencing Hearing

During a sentencing hearing, the Crown Prosecutor will typically restate the facts of the case from the beginning to end. As the duty of the prosecutor is to present the case fairly, they often include factors that are both positive and negative to be considered in sentencing the offender.

If a presentence report (psr) was completed, it will be given to the judge for him to read prior to the sentencing hearing. The crown attorney will typically highlight the key findings from this report.

Defence submissions

Defence lawyers will typically attempt to portray the offender and the offence in the following ways:

1) The offense was out of character;
2) The offense was due to an drug or alcohol problem that the offender can or is in the process of dealing with;
3) That the offender is remorseful;
4) That the offender has accepted responsibility;
5) That the harm caused was minimal;
6) That the offender lacks a criminal history;
7) That the offender has enrolled in courses to deal with his mental issues.

In supporting these portrayals, defence lawyers will highlight the offender's criminal history, personal or social circumstances, employment history, actions undertaken since being charged (rehab, therapy etc.), and favourable finding in the PSR (if ordered).

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Your case will be defended by a fully licensed Practicing Lawyer of the Law Society of Ontario. For more information about our lawyer, click here.

We provide our clients with:
  • Flat fee pricing
  • 99%+ non-conviction success rate
  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration/IRCC issues
  • Employment background check advice/services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • Clear goals of getting charges dropped and bail conditions varied without a trial
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
  • Experienced, focused counsel

* Please note:

If you are not a paying client, we cannot answer questions and provide assistance about avoiding jail and/or a criminal record, employment background checks, IRCC/immigration applications and status, or travel to the U.S. in the future. This includes those who have already retained other counsel and those whose cases have already been completed.

We only can respond to calls and emails relating to current Ontario criminal cases. Please see our FAQ for a listing of the courthouses we service.

Are you a lawyer? If you are defending a criminal case and are looking for expert advice regarding possible defences, case strategies, and information release management call us at: 647-228-5969.

Please note: We do not accept legal aid certificate cases. All clients are handled on a private retainer only.

*2024 Results: the percentage of 99% of clients avoiding a criminal record (conviction) stated on this page is based solely on Lawyer Mark Zinck's personal representation of approximately 2000 criminal defence case clients as of the year 2024. Past results are not necessarily an indication of future results.


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  • Flat fee pricing
  • 99%+ non-conviction success rate
  • U.S. travel advice and information
  • Help with related immigration/IRCC issues
  • Employment background check advice and services
  • Fingerprints and records destruction services
  • A clear goal of getting the charges dropped without a trial
  • Vulnerable Sector records suppression help
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  • Experienced, focused counsel