2. Understand what can happen if you plead guilty
Question & AnswerShould I plead guilty?
When you , you’re:
- agreeing that you committed the crime
- giving up the right to a and to have the Crown prove the charges against you
- saying that you know what can happen when you plead guilty, including going to jail and getting a criminal record
If the judge thinks you don’t understand these things, they can refuse to accept your . If this happens, the court will your case so you can speak with your lawyer or .
If your guilty plea is accepted, the judge finds you guilty. Your lawyer and the Crown will suggest a sentence. But the judge doesn’t have to give you that . The judge decides your sentence based on what they think is appropriate and reasonable.