how to check if a date is before today's date in

how to check if a date is before today's date in
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lets say you have  dt as the date
if(dt < DateTime.Now)
// dt is less than todays date

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sorry DateTime.Today instead of DateTime.Now -->> this gives todays date with time
or use Today.Now
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Dim today, date1 As DateTime
            today = today.Now
            If (DateTime.Compare(date1, today) > 0) Then
                Response.Write("date1 > today")
                Response.Write("date1 < today")
            End If
Public Function CheckDates(ByVal _Date As String) As Boolean
     Dim dteValue As Date = CType(_Date, Date)
     Dim dteToday As Date = CType(Now(), Date)
     If dteValue < dteToday Then Return True Else Return False
End Function
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