If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Ottawa, or elsewhere in Canada,you should know that there are two ways that your charges may be dropped.
The Crown has the right to withdraw any criminal charge or they may also stay the proceedings.
Firstly, what this means is that before an accused enters a plea in open court, the Crown can completely withdraw any criminal charge. After this has happened though, if the crown attempts to relay the charge, the courts may intervene to ensure that there is no abuse of this process. If this ever happens to you, make sure you discuss it with your lawyer because any decision by the crown to prosecute after a charge has been withdrawn may require a legal application to be brought before the court.
Secondly, as of right at any time before a final judgement is rendered in a case, the crown may also stay the proceedings stopping the prosecution immediately. In this case, the accused can be released from custody and the court has no power to intervene to require the continuation of the prosecution. However, the Crown does have the power to recommence the prosecution after a stay of proceedings has been entered. For this reason, it is better to get a withdrawal of charges.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, make sure you have a criminal defence lawyer with the knowledge and experience to protect you. Contact a criminal defence lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth at 613-233-4529 or at [email protected]