Investigating the Crime - Information for Accused
An investigation occurs when the police gather and review evidence and information about a crime or incident so they can figure out what happened. Police use this information to help determine if a criminal offence has been committed and whether or not to recommend to Crown counsel that criminal charges be laid.
Investigations often begin when an incident is reported to police. Police gather evidence and information from the victim, witnesses and others involved. The information is carefully reviewed and police decide what to do next.
For more information, see:
- Investigating the Crime (How the Criminal Justice System Works) - to learn more about the investigation
- Your Rights (Adult Accused) - to learn about your rights as an accused
- If You are Arrested (Adult Accused) - to learn about what may happen if you are arrested