What is the First Offenders program?

  • Many clients ask whether they should go into a first offenders program if offered to them
  • Generally, it is a good idea
  • In the first offender program, you enter a plea and the punishment is reduced
  • Often, the offence does not count as a conviction on your record, provided you complete all requirements of the program
  • Sometimes, public service and/or restitution may be involved
  • Once all that is completed, the conviction is removed from your record