Being arrested and charged with a criminal offence can often have unfortunate consequences outside the realm of criminal law, even before any finding of guilt occurs. For example, unemployment insurance benefits can be refused when a person is dismissed due to an allegation of criminal behavior in the workplace. In addition, employers can refuse to pay severance packages by invoking unproven allegations of criminality. In such cases the individual is faced with the arduous task of taking the appropriate legal proceedings to assert his rights and enforcing the well recognized distinction between criminal and civil proceedings.
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