Provincial and Criminal Offences
In any investigation and prosecution, the rights guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms must be respected. These include the right to remain silent, protection from an unreasonable search, the right to know the evidence the prosecution intends to use (the "information"), the right to make full answer and defence to a charge and the right to counsel.
The Crown must prove every element of an offence. If reasonable doubt is raised for any single element, the defendant must be found not guilty. A paralegal can assist with an examination of these elements and the exploration of possible defences. A paralegal can also assist with offence, plea, and sentence bargaining.