Pleading Guilty to a Criminal Charge

No one likes going to court. If charged, some people plan to go in, plead guilty, and get out as fast as possible. But a conviction can seriously affect the rest of your life. This script explains what to do before pleading guilty and what happens if you plead guilty.

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The Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC)
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resource type
pleading guilty, charged with a crime, sentences, diversion (alternative measures), particulars, initial sentencing position, speaking to the judge, Dial-A-Law
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