The decision on whether or not to enter a guilty plea is one that should be made in consultation with a lawyer. There are often long-term consequences that need to be considered. At trial, it is the responsibility of the Crown to prove the case against a charged individual. Pleading guilty involves giving up the right to a trial. In order to plead guilty, one must also be willing to admit to the facts that make up the criminal offence. A “Guilty” plea will usually result in a criminal record which may affect your employment and act as a barrier to travel to the United States and other countries.