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Charging someone with a criminal offence

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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.

What you should know

The steps in the process

Common questions

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in August 2017
  • Time to read: 6 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Maurizio Dattilo, Crown Counsel

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