After the police lay a charge, an accused will usually be released on conditions, including that they attend the first court date.
It is then that they phone a lawyer. One question that client’s always have is whether they should plead innocent or guilty.
My advice is always the same. I don’t know until the Crown releases dislosure. Disclosure is the evidence that the Crown has against the accused. It is up to the Crown to prove the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. So until I see the Crown’s evidence I can’t tell client’s what to do.
Crown Disclosure is typically available a few days before the first court date. The Judge on the first Court date knows that a client won’t have had the disclosure for very long and will grant an adjournment to review Crown Disclosure.
David R. Barth