2. Understand what can happen if you plead guilty

When you , you're:

  • agreeing that you committed the crime
  • giving up the right to a and to have the Crown prove the charges against you
  • saying that you know what can happen when you plead guilty, including going to jail and getting a criminal record

If the judge thinks you don't understand these things, they can refuse to accept your . If this happens, the court will your case so you can speak with your lawyer or .

If your guilty plea is accepted, the judge finds you guilty. Your lawyer and the Crown will suggest a sentence. But the judge doesn't have to give you that . The judge decides your sentence based on what they think is appropriate and reasonable.

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