What if I committed a crime while I was drunk and I don’t remember?

In some cases, intoxication can be relevant to refute the mental or ‘mens rea’ element of a criminal offence. An important distinguishing factor in the defence of intoxication is whether a person was voluntarily intoxicated. If an accused unknowingly consumes an intoxicating substance or had an unexpected reaction to medication, this will be considered involuntary …
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What are my rights when I’m arrested by the police?

When an accused person is arrested, the police must inform them of the reason for their arrest, their right to counsel of their choice, and their caution (or right to silence). After cautioning the accused, police may conduct an interview in the hopes of getting a confession or obtaining useful evidence against the accused. A …
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What is double jeopardy and how does it apply?

Under Canadian criminal law, you are not able to be convicted for multiple offences based on the same criminal act. This protection is found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under section 11(h) – the right not to be tried again – which states that any person charged with an offence has the …
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