The New-Brunswick Aboriginal Duty Counsel Project
The people in the sample were charged with about twenty different offences, the vast majority of which fell into a few offence categories. More than half of all offences are made up of only three offence categories. Seventy-five percent of all offences comprise only five offences. This is not atypical. Most criminal offences tend generally to fall into a small number of offence categories.
|Assault||43||29.5 %||32.5 %|
|Motor vehicle||27||15.5 %||48.0 %|
|Mischief||12||8.2 %||56.2 %|
|Break and Enter/ Possession||15||10.7 %||66.9 %|
|Breach of Probation||10||6.8 %||73.7 %|
|Sexual Assault||4||2.7 %||76.4 %|
|Uttering Threats||4||2.7 %||79.1 %|
|Other||31||19.9 %||100.0 %|
Many offences would not meet the normal legal aid coverage provisions. Most notably, motor vehicle offences make up nearly 15 % of all offences. The "other" category includes 15 provincial offences, about 5 % of the total, that would not be covered by legal aid.
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