Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Considerations for lawyers

  • November 22, 2023


Tell the whole story. Read Collateral Consequences.

The collateral consequences of criminal convictions – or the myriad of rules and restrictions that an offender can face due to their criminal history – can plague your clients for the rest of their lives and restrict their successful rehabilitation back into society. The consequences can have an impact on everything from employment to housing, from family to financial considerations, from immigration to pardons.

Collateral consequences have the power to affect an individual – forever.

For lawyers, it is sometimes difficult to describe the full range of potential consequences to the judge at sentencing. The CBA’s Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions report was created to assist legal professionals in understanding these implications and being fully prepared at the sentencing hearing...before your client’s fate might be sealed indefinitely.

Read the full report

Additional Resources

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions – 2017 version

Collateral Consequences Quick Tips

Annotated Bibliography*

Provincial and Territorial Legislation*

(*CBA membership login required)