Plea agreements between the defence and Crown are common place and happen all the time. This is when an accused person agrees to waive their right to a trial and plead guilty early in exchange for the Crown agreeing to ask for a specific sentence. Often times this is done by way of a “joint…

Often times, a person will face charges based on what the police find at their house when they execute a search warrant. A search warrant is a legal document issued by a judge or the justice of the peace that authorizes the police to perform a search of a specific place to look for specific…

The Kelowna RCMP deal with many drug investigations. During some of these investigations the police come to the belief that the person under arrest has secreted drugs into their body by swallowing them or placing them up their rectum. Because of this they perform a strip search. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled long ago…

When a person is accused of an indictable offence, they can request that that the court hold a “preliminary inquiry” into the charge. The accused must attend the preliminary inquiry with their lawyer. The Crown and a judge will also be present. Purpose The primary purpose of a preliminary inquiry is to determine if there…

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