Glossary of Legal Terms
A criminal defence lawyer protects the rights of defendants and helps them build a defence that aims to have them acquitted. They ensure the accused's rights are protected throughout the judicial process.
Indictable offences are the most serious offences under the Criminal Code and they come with more serious punishments, up to a maximum penalty of life in prison.
A person is not guilty of an offence if they reasonably believe on reasonable grounds that force was being used against them or another person. or that a threat of force was made. They can act in self defence to protect themselves or the other person, as long as their actions are reasonable in the circumstances.