Money laundering is a serious crime in Canada. The Canadian government takes it extremely seriously, and you can be charged with a number of different offences depending on the circumstances of your case. If you have been accused of or charged with money laundering, you need to contact our criminal defence lawyers immediately. We can provide the advice and support you need to defend yourself against these charges.
The Criminal Code of Canada defines money laundering as "a process that disguises the source or origin of money or other property that was obtained illegally." It is often associated with organized crime and drug trafficking but has also been used to hide proceeds from human trafficking, tax evasion, embezzlement and other crimes. Money laundering can be prosecuted in Canada under several different statutes, including the Criminal Code, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and the Terrorist Financing Act. The maximum penalties for money laundering include up to 14 years in prison and fines of up to $5000 if convicted.
If you are facing money laundering charges, the team at Andrews Benko & Associates can help. We know how important it is for you to understand your rights and options, so we'll explain everything in detail. We'll make sure you know what to expect from the court process, and we'll work hard on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected throughout every step of the process. Contact us today.