The Judge may impose certain conditions on your bail or release that specifically prohibits you from leaving the Province you were charged in (often known as “jurisdiction”).
As well, the Judge may impose other conditions like curfew or reporting to a Probation Officer which can make travel more difficult. In most cases, we can change these conditions allowing you more freedom.
There are also immigration considerations such as travelling with charges outstanding. Travel to the United States for example, may subject you to scrutiny by Homeland Security, United States Border Officers, who have access to your outstanding charges. This may be a problem if the offences are ones that deem you ineligible for entry (usually offences of moral turpitude, sexual offences, drug offences, weapons or serious violence offences). If you attempt to cross the United States or Canadian border without pre-clearance by the United States Government even if you are found not guilty, your charges may affect future travel. We encourage anyone with Immigration questions to contact an Immigration lawyer for advice.