When you are charged with a criminal offence, you have been formally accused of committing a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada. You will now have to navigate the court process. This procedure is complete once the courts either determine you are innocent or you are convicted and found guilty.
As soon as you have been charged with a criminal offence, it is in your best interest to phone the team at Roulston Urquhart.
At your first court appearance, the charges will be read against you for your understanding. You will have the opportunity to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
If you plead guilty, the Justice may schedule a future date for sentencing. If you enter a plea of not guilty, you will continue with the court process and potentially to trial. If further negotiation with the Crown Prosecutor does not result in an offer that is acceptable to you then a trial date will be set. At trial, the Crown Prosecutor will argue evidence to prove that you committed the crime. Depending on the type of alleged crime, a Justice or jury will conclude if you are guilty based on the evidence presented.