If You Are Accused of a Crime

This section provides information and guidance about the criminal justice system. It will help you learn more about services and resources available to you if you are accused of committing a crime in B.C.

An accused is someone who is suspected of or who has been charged with committing a crime. Being accused or found guilty of a crime is a serious matter. If you or someone you know has been accused of committing a crime, here’s what you need to know to help protect your legal rights.

Understanding how the criminal justice systems works in B.C. will help you make decisions about how to deal with your situation. This section will answer some of your questions and describe the process you may experience. The information on this website is general and is not legal advice. Only a lawyer can give you legal advice about your situation.

If you are accused or found guilty of a crime, speak to a lawyer. See Legal Assistance for information on how to contact a lawyer.

Jury Duty

A jury is a group of people who decide if an accused person in a criminal trial is guilty or if a claim in a civil trial has been proven. Learn more about jury duty.

Criminal Justice Glossary

Check our alphabetical list of criminal justice terms along with their definitions.
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