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Pleading guilty to a criminal charge

Pleading guilty to a criminal charge

A criminal conviction can seriously affect the rest of your life. Understand what it means to plead guilty to a criminal charge, and learn the steps involved in the process.

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Conditional sentences, probation, and discharges

Conditional sentences, probation, and discharges

If you are guilty of a criminal offence, a judge will decide your sentence. Learn about some of the possible sentences: a discharge, a suspended sentence, and a conditional sentence.

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Outstanding warrants and welfare

Outstanding warrants and welfare

If there is a warrant for your arrest, you may not be able to get welfare benefits. Learn when this rule applies, and options to deal with an outstanding warrant.

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Young people and criminal law

Young people and criminal law

Learn the rights a young person has in dealing with the police or if they’re charged with a crime. Also, some key options for young people in getting legal help.

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Youth justice court trials

Youth justice court trials

If you are a young person facing a criminal trial, learn your rights and what to expect, from alternatives to trial to possible sentences if a judge finds you guilty.

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Charging someone with a criminal offence

Charging someone with a criminal offence

Typically, for someone to be charged with a crime, the police must recommend charges and a prosecutor (called Crown counsel) must approve the charge. Learn what’s involved in the process.

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Peace bonds and assault charges

Peace bonds and assault charges

If someone threatens to hurt you or damage your property, a peace bond can offer protection. Learn how they work, and the steps involved in applying for a peace bond.

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Being a witness

Being a witness

If you see someone commit a crime or you have information relevant for a court case, you may be called as a witness. Learn your rights and what to expect.

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