How can I get my criminal charges dropped?
Question & AnswerHow can I get my criminal charges dropped?
1. Get your Crown Screening form
When you're given for the first time, you may be given a Crown Screening form. The Crown Screening form is also called a Charge Screening form. It tells you how the Crown plans to deal with your charges, including:
- what kind of the Crown will ask for
- whether some of your charges will be dropped if you early
- whether you've been approved for diversion
This information will help you decide how to deal with your charges.
Diversion is a voluntary way to resolve minor criminal charges. It is also called “direct accountability”.
Diversion is the most common way to have criminal charges dropped. If you complete , the Crown will stay or withdraw your charges. You must do the work upfront in exchange for this.
Sometimes the Crown will offer a “deal” for pleading guilty. This can involve dropping one or more charge if you have multiple charges. It can also involve the Crown agreeing to a particular sentence. But remember the judge makes the final decision. Usually the judge will agree with deals that are made.
Always talk to a lawyer or before you decide to plead guilty.