Is It Difficult to Fight a Criminal Charge?
Criminal Charges May Be Defeated In Various Ways Such As Challenging the Evidence Through a Strategic Cross-Examination of Witnesses For the Prosecution So to Give Rise to Reasonable Doubt That the Person Charged Is Actually Guilty.
Understanding the Defences Applicable to Various Criminal Code Charges Including Methods to Show a Reasonable Doubt
A prosecutions for allegedly violating the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-46 can be very stressful with concerns for the various short-term impacts such as significant fines and potential for loss of freedom and liberty in the form of jail time as well as long-term impacts such as employment opportunities and even limits upon travel outside of Canada.
The Criminal Law
The Criminal Code contains hundreds of sections that prescribe criminality to various forms of conduct. The prosecution of Criminal Code matters may vary in the method of procedures involved depending on the severity of the alleged offence. The most severe offences, known as indictable offences, involve the most formal procedures. The less severe offences, known as summary offences, provide for a leaner and more efficient process. Additionally, some offences, known as hybrid offences, are selectable as either indictable proceedings or summary proceedings at the option of the prosecutor acting for the Crown.
Lawyers are permitted to provide representation in any type of Criminal Code matter. Paralegals are permitted to provide representation in most summary proceeding matters. For certain hybrid offences, paralegals may also provide representation after the Crown selects to proceed with prosecution in the form of a summary proceeding matter.
Selecting the defence strategy that is best suited to fight your criminal charge depends upon, among other things, the type of charge, the strength or weakness of the available evidence, and the strength or weakness of testimony from likely witnesses. Of course, regardless of the type of charge, all defence strategies ultimately aim at impairing the ability of the prosecutor to prove all elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.
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