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Will Charges Be Laid?

Victims have a right to information about the criminal justice system and their role in it.

After the police complete their investigation they may charge someone with the crime. The police can charge someone if there are reasonable grounds for believing the person committed the crime. Sometimes the person may be charged with an offence that is less serious than what you think they did. The police and Crown Prosecutors must decide what a person should be charged with based on the available evidence.

Sometimes even after a thorough investigation the police will not have a suspect or they may not have enough evidence to lay a charge. This does not mean that you were not a victim of a crime. If you are concerned about why someone has not been charged or the type of charge, you can talk to the police - they may be able to help you understand the situation. If you have reported the crime you can access services for victims whether someone is charged or not.

When someone is charged they are formally accused of committing the offence named in the charge. A document called an Information is used to charge the person. The person charged will get a copy of the Information. When the police charge someone with a crime they may arrest that person. If you have fears for your safety make sure you tell the police as this may help them decide whether to arrest the person. If the person is not arrested they will be given a date and time to appear in court to deal with the charge.

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