The Consequences Of Pleading Guilty
Usually you get a very good offer from the Crown Attorney such as a plea bargain to a lesser offence or a Diversion. If somebody is charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking, the Crown will often allow a plea bargain for the charge of simple possession. The advantage is that if there is no trafficking in the actual conviction, you have a much better chance of being able to enter the United States. The war on drugs is a major focus of law enforcement in the United States. In fact, if you have a trafficking offense here in Canada, you probably will have a much more difficult time entering the States than if you have a violent offense.
A Diversion means having the charges diverted. In other words, the Crown withdraws the charge subject to the accused doing certain things, usually community service, or perhaps making some charitable donations, and showing a clear drug screen. The charge is withdrawn without a trial and without a plea of guilty or admission of guilt.
If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with criminal law issues in the Ottawa, Ontario Region, contact Engel and Associates for a consultation.