The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases for Assaults, Threats, and Harassment

Cases in 2020

  • R. v. M.H.2020

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The crown was approached to see if they would be willing to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. Given that the client had a prior one in 2016, they were not inclined to do so. However, they did agree to an informal resolution. The client was required to attend counseling and provide proof of completion of the sessions. Once she had done so, the charges against her were withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.M.2020

    The client was charged on three different dockets. The charges included assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats on the first. The second was for two counts of mischief, two counts mischief to property under $5000, and failing to comply. The last was for failing to attend. When we received his legal aid certificate, the client was in custody. He pleaded guilty to assault, one count of mischief to property under $5000, failing to comply, and failing to appear. The remaining charges were withdrawn. He had 14 days of pre-trial custody and was released on time served.

  • R. v. N.I.2020

    The client was charged with an offence under the Child Welfare act. I was able to work with the client to obtain relevant documentation in order to negotiate a complete withdrawal of the charge.

  • R. v. D.N.2020

    The client was charged with three separate sets of charges. One charge was for assault, and the remaining two were for failing to appear at court. The client plead guilty to the two counts of failing to appear for court, and the crown agreed to drop the assault charge. The crown prosecutor asked the judge to sentence the client to a fine. I argued that the client should receive a conditional discharge, which would leave the client without a criminal conviction after a certain period of time. The court agreed with my submissions, and the client was granted a conditional discharge.

  • R. v. P.S.2020

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm against one complainant, and assault against another. The charges arose during an altercation between the parties who were strangers to each other. One of the complainants alleged that the client assaulted them, and in so doing cause injury (broken ribs). Upon review of disclosure, I was able to find discrepancies in the statements the complainants gave to police. Once I had that information, I met with the crown prosecutor to negotiate resolution of the matter. My goal was to leave my client with no criminal record/no conviction so that the matter would not impact employment. After meeting with the crown, they agreed that although they were not originally going to consider resolution of the matter by way of a referral to Alternative Measures (primarily due to the seriousness of the assault causing bodily harm charge), after hearing my pitch, they would refer the matter. The client was referred to the Alternative Measures program, and after successful completion, the charges were withdrawn, leaving my client with no criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. C.D.2020

    The client was charged with an assault. The allegation is that the parties were in a dispute (they were strangers to each other) and that the client had assaulted the complainant. I was able to thoroughly review the disclosure, and determined there were significant issues with the reasonable likelihood of conviction (part of the test the crown must meet to prosecute the matter). I presented my analysis to the crown during an early case resolution meeting. The crown agreed to withdraw the charge outright. This left my client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. M.F.2020

    The client was initially charged with criminal harassment. She was later charged again with three breaches. Extensive ECR discussions were had with the crown surrounding these two files. The charges stemmed from a neighborly dispute and should likely have been civil matters. Eventually the crown agreed to a one year peace bond, with specific conditions, and the charges against the client were withdrawn.

  • R. v. C.S.2020

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and resisting arrest. After obtaining some background from the client regarding his mental health history, the crown was persuaded to refer the matter to the mental health diversion program. Once the client completed the requirements of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.C.2020

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The charge stemmed from a domestic dispute, which both husband and wife were engaged in. The complainant later advised that she wished to recant her statement, as she was quite intoxicated and didn't remember many details about the night. Despite this, the crown was not willing to withdraw the charge outright. However, with attendance at and completion of counseling, they would reconsider. The matter was adjourned for a few months to allow the client time to do this. Once he had completed the counseling sessions and provided proof of such, the charge against him was withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.S.2020

    The client was charged with several domestic offences. The offence allegations were that of harassment, threats, and breaches of no contact orders (bail release conditions). The client did not have counsel at first, and then hired me to try to get him out of jail. I was successful in doing so. The client was released the same day we dealt with his pleas and the matter was fully resolved.

  • R. v. K.S.2020

    The client was charged with assault stemming from a historical allegation. The complainant made the allegation in the midst of an ongoing family law dispute. The charge was laid outside of the six month window for which a summary conviction matter could be laid, so the crown would have had to elect to proceed by indictment, for this very minor matter. With that, and with the fact that it was not the complainant who reported the allegation, I approached the crown to negotiate for a withdrawal of the matter. After reviewing my reasons why the domestic assault charge should be withdrawn, the crown agreed, and it was withdrawn. This left the client with no criminal record, and no conviction.

  • R. v. M.H.2020

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The crown was approached to see if they would be willing to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. Given that the client had a prior one in 2016, they were not inclined to do so. However, they did agree to an informal resolution. The client was required to attend counselling and provide proof of completion of the sessions. Once she had done so, the charges against her were withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.M.2020

    The client was charged on three different dockets. The charges included assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats on the first. The second was for two counts of mischief, two counts mischief to property under $5000, and failing to comply. The last was for failing to attend. When we received his legal aid certificate, the client was in custody. He pleaded guilty to assault, one count of mischief to property under $5000, failing to comply, and failing to appear. The remaining charges were withdrawn. He had 14 days of pre-trial custody and was released on time served.

  • R. v. M.F.2020

    The client was initially charged with criminal harassment. She was later charged again with three breaches. Extensive ECR discussions were had with the crown surrounding these two files. The charges stemmed from a neighbourly dispute and should likely have been civil matters. Eventually the crown agreed to a one year peace bond, with specific conditions, and the charges against the client were withdrawn.

  • R. v. C.S.2020

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and resisting arrest. After obtaining some background from the client regarding his mental health history, the crown was persuaded to refer the matter to the mental health diversion program. Once the client completed the requirements of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.C.2020

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The charge stemmed from a domestic dispute, which both husband and wife were engaged in. The complainant later advised that she wished to recant her statement, as she was quite intoxicated and didn't remember many details about the night. Despite this, the crown was not willing to withdraw the charge outright. However, with attendance at and completion of counselling, they would reconsider. The matter was adjourned for a few months to allow the client time to do this. Once he had completed the counselling sessions and provided proof of such, the charge against him was withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.S.2020

    The client was charged with several domestic  offences. The offence allegations were that of harassment, threats, and breaches of no contact orders (bail release conditions). The client did not have counsel at first, and then hired me to try to get him out of jail. I was successful in doing so. The client was released the same day we dealt with his pleas and the matter was fully resolved.

  • R. v. K.S.2020

    The client was charged with assault stemming from a historical allegation. The complainant made the allegation in the midst of an ongoing family law dispute. The charge was laid outside of the six month window for which a summary conviction matter could be laid, so the crown would have had to elect to proceed by indictment, for this very minor matter. With that, and with the fact that it was not the complainant who reported the allegation, I approached the crown to negotiate for a withdrawal of the matter. After reviewing my reasons why the domestic assault charge should be withdrawn, the crown agreed, and it was withdrawn. This left the client with no criminal record, and no conviction.

Cases in 2019

  • R. v. C.B.2019

    The client was charged on three different dockets. On one docket he was charged with assault causing bodily harm, extortion, mischief endangering life, and uttering threats. On the other two he was charged with failing to comply on one and failing to appear on the other. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, mischief, and failing to appear. The other charges were withdrawn. He received a sentence of 12 months incarceration, followed by 18 months of probation. Since he had been in custody, he had some pre-trial credit, which meant he had four months left to serve. There were also some ancillary orders (primary DNA and s. 109 prohibition) imposed.

  • R. v. U.M.2019

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. The client pleaded guilty and the matter was set down for sentencing. A pre-sentence report was ordered, which outlined some of the neurological issues the client faced after brain surgery. This was helpful because even though he had two prior convictions for assault, he was able to avoid a jail sentence, as the judge factored this in to her decision. He was given a 12 month conditional sentence order and 12 months of probation.

  • R. v. G.H.2019

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. On the day of trial, the complainant did not show up. The crown also hadn’t subpoenaed all the officers to appear as witnesses. As such, the charge was stayed. The client avoided having another conviction on his record.

  • R. v. A.B.2019

    The client was charged with uttering threats. Following ECR discussions with the crown, an informal resolution was agreed on. The matter was adjourned for three months and as long as the client did not breach the terms of his release, the charge would be withdrawn. At the end of the three month period, nothing had arisen, and the crown withdrew the charge as expected.

  • R. v. L.M.2019

    The client was charged with uttering threats. After ECR discussions with the crown, they agreed to refer the matter to the mental health diversion program. Once it was established that the client was a fit, the matter was adjourned for her to complete the requirements of the program. Upon doing so, the charge against her was withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.C.2019

    The client was charged with assault. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. After the trial date was set, counsel had discussions about possibly resolving the matter. The crown was of the view the client needed to complete more counseling before she would be willing to do so. The client continued with the counseling and eventually the crown agreed to resolve the matter by way of a three month peace bond.

  • R. v. A.P.2019

    The client was charged with assault. A young mother of two, she was overwhelmed after taking on two more young foster children. During an extremely stressful incident, she admitted to biting one of the foster children. She pleaded guilty to assault and a sentencing date was set. The client did extensive counseling over the course of the year (between charge and sentence) and had many positive reference letters. A pre-sentence report was done and it indicated that it was unlikely she would re-offend. She avoided jail time and was given a suspended sentence with probation.

  • R. v. C.B.2019

    The client was charged on three different dockets. On one docket he was charged with assault causing bodily harm, extortion, mischief endangering life, and uttering threats. On the other two he was charged with failing to comply on one and failing to appear on the other. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, mischief, and failing to appear. The other charges were withdrawn. He received a sentence of 12 months incarceration, followed by 18 months of probation. Since he had been in custody, he had some pre-trial credit, which meant he had four months left to serve. There were also some ancillary orders (primary DNA and s. 109 prohibition) imposed.

  • R. v. U.M.2019

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. The client pleaded guilty and the matter was set down for sentencing. A pre-sentence report was ordered, which outlined some of the neurological issues the client faced after brain surgery. This was helpful because even though he had two prior convictions for assault, he was able to avoid a jail sentence, as the judge factored this in to her decision. He was given a 12 month conditional sentence order and 12 months of probation.

  • R. v. G.H.2019

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. On the day of trial, the complainant did not show up. The crown also hadn’t subpoenaed all the officers to appear as witnesses. As such, the charge was stayed. The client avoided having another conviction on his record.

  • R. v. A.B.2019

    The client was charged with uttering threats. Following ECR discussions with the crown, an informal resolution was agreed on. The matter was adjourned for three months and as long as the client did not breach the terms of his release, the charge would be withdrawn. At the end of the three month period, nothing had arisen, and the crown withdrew the charge as expected.

  • R. v. R.C.2019

    The client was charged with assault. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. After the trial date was set, counsel had discussions about possibly resolving the matter. The crown was of the view the client needed to complete more counselling before she would be willing to do so. The client continued with the counselling and eventually the crown agreed to resolve the matter by way of a three month peace bond.

  • R. v. A.P.2019

    The client was charged with assault. A young mother of two, she was overwhelmed after taking on two more young foster children. During an extremely stressful incident, she admitted to biting one of the foster children. She pleaded guilty to assault and a sentencing date was set. The client did extensive counselling over the course of the year (between charge and sentence) and had many positive reference letters. A pre-sentence report was done and it indicated that it was unlikely she would reoffend. She avoided jail time and was given a suspended sentence with probation.

  • R. v. J.S.2019

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The allegation was clearly false, and it was made in order to further the complainant's family law matter. Originally, the client had another lawyer representing her. With that other lawyer, the client plead not guilty and set the matter down for trial. When I came on as the client's lawyer, I had the matter brought forward and vacated the trial date. I then negotiated a resolution with the crown. The crown agreed to withdraw (drop) the charge.

  • R. v. M.W.2019

    The client was charged with assault and assault with a weapon. She pleaded guilty to assault and the assault with a weapon charge was dropped. I made arguments in relation to sentence, and the court granted the client a conditional discharge versus probation that the crown was seeking. My client was left without a criminal conviction.

  • R. v. A.R.2019

    The client was charged with assaulting a peace officer, two counts of assault, causing a disturbance, and public intoxication. It was clear to me after having reviewed the file that the client hadn't committed a criminal offence when the assaults originally started. It was clear that what happened after was a result of my client being attacked. I was able to negotiate with the crown so that the two assault charges were dropped, and the assaulting a peace officer charge was reduced to a resisting arrest. With that, the matters were referred to the Alternative Measures Program. My client was successful in completing the requirements of the program and the remaining charges were dropped.

  • R. v. E.M.2019

    The client was charged with assault after being involved in a road rage incident. Normally the crown would not agree to a referral to diversion, or any sort of informal resolution when it comes to road rage assault allegations. However, I worked hard with the client to gather as much information and possible. When I approached the crown prosecutor with my resolution proposal, the crown agreed, and the charges against my client were dropped all together.

  • R. v. C.R.2019

    The client was charged with assault and mischief. The client was concerned about a conviction and how it would impact travel and employment. I was successful in having the matter referred to the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed the requirements of the program, and the charges were both dropped.

  • R. v. J.B.2019

    The client was charged with assault and uttering threats. The crown was not willing to agree to resolve the matter without a guilty plea. The allegations were false. It was important that the client avoid a criminal record. The matter was set for trial after a not guilty plea was entered. On the day of trial, was able to negotiate a resolution for a referral to the Alternative Measures Program. Once my client completed the requirements of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn (dropped). My client was left with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. D.P2019

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The complainant made a false allegation against the client. Due to immigration consequences, it was important that the client be left without a conviction and without a criminal record. I successfully negotiated with the crown to informally resolve the matter. My client completed some counselling, and then the charge of assault against my client was dropped.

  • R. v. N.G.2019

    The client was charged with assault. The crown was initially seeking a plea for probation. I obtained information and documentation from the client and approached the crown for resolution discussions. I was able to convince the crown to agree to a peace bond. The original charge of assault was withdrawn (dropped). The client was left with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. E.B.2019

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The allegation was serious as it related to a spouse. The crown took the position that they would seek a suspended sentence and probation. With my legal advice, the client undertook treatment and counselling. With that, when we proceeded with a plea, the court agreed with the sentence that I argued for, a conditional discharge. Originally before I was retained as counsel the crown's position had been jail. I was able to secure a conditional discharge for the client for the assault charge, leaving my client without a conviction.

  • R. v. N.P.2019

    The client was charged with assault, uttering threats and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. There were a number of legal arguments I made to secure a sentence of a conditional discharge for the client, thus leaving the client without a conviction.

  • R. v. J.S.2019

    The client was initially charged with theft under $5000.00 and pointing a firearm. The crown proceeded with filing a new information with additional charges including assault, theft under $5000.00, using an imitation firearm and possessing a weapon. The client pleaded guilty to assault, theft under $5000.00, and possessing a weapon. Originally the crown was seeking a term of incarceration, but after resolution discussions with the crown, they agreed to a term of probation instead. The remaining charge against him was withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.L.2019

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The client had a related record for serious allegations of assault where he received jail time. The crown was initially seeking jail time. However, I worked with the client to have him attend at counselling and treatment which assisted me in securing a non-custodial sentence for him when he pleaded guilty. The client was sentenced to probation.

  • R. v. R.P.2019

    The client was charged with assault as it related to a domestic partner. The crown was initially seeking a term of probation upon a guilty plea. Instead, I was able to secure a complete withdrawal of the charge for my client. The charge of assault was dropped, and my client was left without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. M.S.2019

    The client was charged with assault and uttering threats The allegation was that the client had assaulted his domestic spouse. I negotiated a resolution with the crown for a peace bond, and the charges against my client were dropped. No conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. H.G.2019

    The client was charged with assault. The circumstance that gave rise to the allegation was that the client had assaulted his domestic spouse. After reviewing the disclosure, It was in court a few times, but after discussions with the crown, they eventually were convinced to withdraw the charge because the available evidence did not support it.

Cases in 2018

  • R. v. D.A.2018

    The client was charged with communications harassment and failing to comply with a protection order. Initially the crown was not agreeable to resolving the matter in a manner that would leave my client without a criminal record. However, upon further discussions with the crown, they agreed to withdraw the charge and allow the client to enter into a one-year peace bond.

  • R. v. B.C.2018

    The client was charged with assaulting a peace officer and two counts of failing to comply. I worked hard to ensure that this client was not left with a conviction as where were definite extenuating circumstances that led to the allegations. After reviewing the disclosure, I set up a meeting with the crown and advised them of the concerns I had regarding the extenuating circumstances. In the end, the crown agreed, and all charges were withdrawn on the first court appearance.

  • R. v. K.E.2018

    The client was charged with assault against their domestic partner. The client completed counselling under my direction, and upon that completion the crown agreed to withdraw the charge.

  • R. v. A.M.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. At the first court date, I spoke with the crown regarding how this had been a mutual altercation and it was not in the public interest to prosecute the file. The crown agreed and withdrew the charges against the client. No criminal record or further court appearances were required.

  • R. v. R.M.2018

    The client was charged with domestic assault. I worked with the client to ensure that when I met with the crown to discuss resolution, I had enough to work with to ensure that the crown would consider withdrawing the charges. The crown did agree to withdraw the charges once counseling was completed.

  • R. v. C.K.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon, assault, mischief to property, failing to comply with an undertaking, two counts of failing to comply, and failing to comply with a provision of a protection order. The client pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, failing to comply with an undertaking and failing to comply with a provision of a protection order. The crown was initially seeking a term of incarceration, however, upon negotiating with the crown, I was able to convince them to agree to a term of probation. This took into account a prior related record.

  • R. v. M.O.2018

    The client was charged with assault. I worked closely with the client to address underlying issues surrounding the allegation. With that, I was able to have the client'’s charge dropped/withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.S.2018

    The client was charged with two counts of assault. The allegations were against the client'’s domestic partner. With my direction and advice, the client began counselling and treatment. I was able to have the crown agree to an informal resolution so that the charges were dropped.

  • R. v. M.J.2018

    The client was charged with assault and mischief. After discussions with the crown, they agreed to withdraw the charge and allow the client to enter into a one-year peace bond.

  • R. v. M.P.2018

    The client was charged with assault against their domestic partner. Both parties were alleged to have been intoxicated. It was clear that the crown would have had issues with establishing a conviction against the client. I approached the crown, and, in the end, the charge was dropped outright. This left my client without a conviction or criminal record.

  • R. v. T.S.2018

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to a serious allegation of domestic abuse. It was clear from my review of the disclosure that the allegations were unfounded. I always make a point of ensuring I review the disclosure thoroughly, so that I can give my client'’s the best advice possible. I worked diligently to ensure that the best possible outcome was achieved for my client. In the end, the charges were withdrawn outright. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. T.G.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and common assault. The allegations were serious. Once I had reviewed the disclosure, I approached the crown to discuss resolution of the matter. After discussions with the crown, they agreed to withdraw the charge and allow the client to enter into a one-year peace bond. The client was left without a criminal conviction.

  • R. v. R.D.2018

    The client was charged with assault. I received a copy of the crown's disclosure (evidence against my client). I reviewed the same, and quickly came to the realization that there was no basis for the allegation against my client. I booked a meeting with the prosecutor to discuss the file. The crown agreed that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction and the charge was dropped so the client was left with no criminal record.

  • R. v. D.T.2018

    The client was charged with assault, mischief, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. The allegations were serious and arose in a domestic situation. I approached the crown with respect to resolution of the matter, and after much negotiating, the crown ultimately agreed to stay the charge.

  • R. v. H.K.2018

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was that the client had assaulted their domestic partner. There were serious ramifications that resulted from the allegation in relation to custody and access to the couple'’s child. I was able to have the client'’s conditions changed from the conditions imposed at the bail hearing prior to being retained. The client was then able to communicate with his wife and to see his child. Ultimately, I had the client complete some counselling, and the crown withdrew the charge.

  • R. v. R.P.2018

    The client was charged with assault in the context of a domestic violence allegation. Very early on, I had the client complete some tasks which assisted me in negotiating for a resolution that would leave my client without a criminal record. A conviction would have resulted in my client having issues with future employment. Once the client completed tasks I had requested of him, I approached the crown to have the charges withdrawn. The crown withdrew (dropped) the charges and the client was left without a conviction or criminal record.

  • R. v. Z.R2018

    The client was charged with assault involving an altercation at a restaurant. The charge was serious. I met with the crown to negotiate a resolution of the matter, after having reviewed the file and concluding that there were likely issues with the crown'’s ability to prove that this wasn't just a consensual fight. The crown agreed that there was in fact no reasonable likelihood of conviction, and the charge was withdrawn on the client'’s first court date. The client avoided a conviction which would have compromised their employment.

  • R. v. R.K.2018

    The client was charged with assault and forcible confinement in the context of a domestic situation. I had reviewed the crown'’s disclosure and met with the crown to discuss resolving the matter by way of a withdrawal of the charge on the basis that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. The crown agreed, and on the second court date I had the charge withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.B.2018

    The client was charged with assaulting a police officer after a cause disturbance call was made to police. Although the crown did not initially agree to withdraw the charge, I convinced them that it was not in the public interest to prosecute. On that basis, the crown withdrew the charge.

  • R. v. M.L.2018

    The client was charged with assault in relation to a road rage allegation. The matter was a serious one, but the crown agreed to refer the client to a diversion program. Once completed, the charge was dropped. It was extremely important to the client's employment that there be no conviction. I was able to achieve that goal for the client.

  • R. v. C.K.2018

    The client was charged with assault against their domestic partner. The allegation was a serious one. A conviction for the client would have meant issues with future employment. After discussions with the crown, the matter was withdrawn, and the client entered into a one-year peace bond.

  • R. v. O.O.2018

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to a sporting event. The allegation was serious in that the complainant received a serious injury that required stitches. I met with the crown to propose a reduction of the charge to a simple assault charge, to be referred to the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed the requirements of the program, and the charge was dropped entirely.

  • R. v. T.B.2018

    The client was charged with assault and uttering threats. After discussions with the crown, the charges were withdrawn entirely as there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction.

  • R. v. D.L.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. Initially, the prosecutor was not agreeable to resolution of the matter without a guilty plea and a conviction. After several negotiations with the crown, I managed to have the crown agree to withdraw the charge, and the client entered into a peace bond with minimal conditions. The charge was dropped. No conviction was entered.

  • R. v. C.F.2018

    The client was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, uttering threats, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, sexual assault and mischief. Initially the matter was set down for trial after a not guilty plea was entered. At the first trial date, I filed a notice alleging a breach of my client'’s rights. On the basis of that, a new trial date was set. Prior to second trial date, I filed yet another notice that related to breaches of my client's rights due to the lack of disclosure. Two days prior to the start of the second trial date, the crown stayed the charges. The matter was concluded. All of the charges were dropped.

  • R. v. M.L.2018

    The client was originally charged with assault causing bodily harm and failing to comply with release conditions. The charges were eventually upgraded to the far more serious charge of aggravated assault due to the extensive injuries the complainant received. In the end, the crown stayed (dropped) both charges. The matter was thus concluded without the client having any conviction or criminal record which would have had a serious impact upon the client'’s immigration status.

  • R. v. D.G.2018

    The client was charged with assault in relation to the client's domestic partner. The crown would not agree to resolving the matter so that the client did not have a criminal record. However, I had the client participate in multiple forms of counselling and treatment, and in the end, the crown agreed to withdraw the charges entirely.

  • R. v. V.C.2018

    The client was charged with breaching the conditions of a peace bond that was originally in place after an allegation of domestic assault. Despite the crown'’s initial position that the client should receive a conviction, I was able to negotiate a resolution for an additional shorter-term peace bond so that the client avoided a criminal conviction.

  • R. v. L.W.2018

    The client was charged with administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessaries of life to a child under the age of 16. The matter was set for trial. After we thoroughly prepared for trial, the crown elected to drop all of the charges.

  • R. v. G.E.2018

    The client was charged with criminal harassment involving a former domestic partner. These were false allegations against the client. I prepared for a trial of the matter, and upon seeing the evidence relating to the defence of my client, the crown withdrew the charges.

  • R. v. F.R.2018

    The client was charged with assault, forcible confinement, mischief and uttering threats in a domestic related incident. I worked with the client to have him enrolled in programing to assist with my negotiations with the crown prosecutor. I determined that there were weaknesses in the crown's case. As a result of that, I was able to resolve my client's matter by way of an informal resolution. My client as left without a criminal record, and without a conviction when the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. D.D.2018

    The client was charged with assault. Upon my review of the file, it was clear to me that the crown had serious problems with the case against my client. On that basis, I was able to have the charges against my client dropped outright. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. C.H.2018

    The client was charged with assault, uttering threats and forcible confinement. I worked with the client to have him enrolled in counselling. The allegations of assault were serious. Despite that, I was able to resolve the matter so that the charges were all withdrawn (dropped) and my client was bound by a peace bond for a period of one year.

  • R. v. J.S.2018

    The client was charged with assault pursuant to section 266 of the Criminal Code. There were a number of issues that I found with the crown'’s case against my client. I was able to have the charge against my client dropped outright, leaving him without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. B.S.2018

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was serious, and the ramifications for my client in relation to immigration consequences would have been grave. I worked to have everything in order for my client on his first court date, and with that, I had the charge dropped outright on that first court date. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. J.C.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The matter was set down for trial after a not guilty plea was entered. There would have been serious immigration consequences if he had been found guilty of the assault with a weapon and uttering threats charges. At the trial date, I was able to negotiate a resolution with the crown which allowed for a guilty plea to a lesser included offence of simple assault. The uttering threats charge was withdrawn. The client received probation instead of jail time, which the crown was originally looking for given the client's related record. The client avoided jail and avoided deportation with the resolution I achieved for him.

  • R. v. Y.Z2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. The allegation was very serious and there would have been immigration consequences for the client if a conviction was entered. I was able to have the charge of assault with a weapon dropped (withdrawn) outright. The client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. M.M.2018

    The client was charged with two counts of assault. There were issues with the crown'’s case and their ability to prove the allegations of assault against my client. I discussed the matter with the crown, and although the allegations were serious, the crown agreed to refer the matter to a diversion program. Once my client completed the program, the charges were both withdraw and as a result, there was no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. N.P.2018

    The client was charged with assault. The client came to me after trying to deal with the matter on her own as a self-represented litigant. The crown was seeking a guilty plea and probation. I worked with the client and had her complete a number of tasks for me that would assist me with negotiating the best possible resolution for my client. I met with the crown and convinced them that to resile from their original position (probation), and to agree to referring my client to a diversion program. My client finished the requirements of the program, and at the end, the charge was withdrawn altogether. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. A.H.2018

    The client was charged with domestic assault. In completing extensive background work and research before the first court appearance, I was able to convince the crown to agree to an informal resolution. My client completed the requirements of that resolution, and then the charge was dropped, leaving my client with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. A.N.2018

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon. The crown originally declined to refer the matter to a diversion program. I was able to work with the client to have her gather the necessary information and documentation that I then used to negotiate with the crown for a resolution that would leave the client without a criminal record. I met with the crown, and they agreed that on the basis of the information and documentation that I had gathered in support of my client's case, they would refer the matter to the Alternative Measures Program. Once my client had completed the necessary requirements of the program, my client'’s assault with a weapon charge was dropped.

  • R. v. E.M.2018

    The client was charged with assault and sexual assault. The matter was a long and drawn out situation of false allegations. My client gave me instructions to enter a not guilty plea and to set the matter for trial. On the day of trial, I spoke with the prosecutor and convinced them that there was absolutely no evidence relating to a sexual assault allegation. The crown agreed and on the day of trial, they dropped the charge of sexual assault. In relation to the assault charge, the crown agreed to drop the charge and have my client enter into a peace bond. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. K.M.2018

    The client was charged with assault. When I reviewed the file, it was clear that this was not a criminal offence of assault, but a consensual fight, which is not against the law. I approached the crown with my position, and the crown agreed and withdrew the charge. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. M.S.2018

    The client was charged with assault in the context of a domestic situation. I reviewed the file, then set up a meeting with the crown to discuss the matter. I determined that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction, and I thought the charge should be dropped. The crown agreed with my conclusion, and the charge was dropped, leaving my client without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. E.C.2018

    The client was charged with assault, assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, and uttering threats. The allegations were serious, involving an assault with a knife and a significant injury to the complainant. Initially, the crown was initially seeking a jail sentence if the matter proceeded to a guilty plea. I worked with the client over the course of several months and was able to convince the crown to agree to an informal resolution of the matter. At the end of that resolution, the charges were all dropped, and the client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. R.M.2018

    The client was charged with domestic assault. If the client had received a criminal record, there would have been consequences for him in relation to his employment. I worked with the client and approached the prosecutor and was able to negotiate an informal resolution for the client. The charge against my client was withdrawn upon completion of the requirements of the resolution, leaving my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. A.N.2018

    The client was charged with assault and two counts of mischief. The client had a related criminal record. The client plead guilty to the assault, and the two mischief charges were dropped. The crown sought a sentence of probation, but agreed with my submissions instead, and granted my client a conditional discharge, leaving my client without a conviction.

  • R. v. A.M.2018

    The client was charged with assault and failing to comply with conditions of release (bail). Initially the crown was seeking a sentence of probation. Instead, I worked with my client to have her enter into residential treatment, thus addressing any addictions issues. Once the treatment was concluded, I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the client enter into a peace bond, with the substantive charges of assault and failing to comply with conditions of release dropped. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. N.S.2018

    The client was charged with assault. Initially the crown was not agreeable to referring the client's matter to a diversion program due to the seriousness of the assault charge. However, once I had obtained documentation and information from my client, I met with the crown and they agreed with my resolution proposal that the matter be referred to the Alternative Measures Program. Once my client completed the requirements of the program, the charge was dropped (withdrawn).

  • R. v. J.K.2018

    The client was charged with two counts of uttering threats. I negotiated with the crown prosecutor to have my client referred to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client completed the requirements of the program, the charges were both dropped. My client was left with no criminal record and no conviction.

Cases in 2017

  • R. v. S.M.2017

    The client was charged with three counts of assault. The client was unaware of the charges until 2017 when she found out there were arrest warrants on the system. Ms. Karpa met with the crown and made an argument that the charges should be dropped. The crown agreed and withdrew the charges. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. G.E.2017

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. Prior to being hired, he had already set the matter for trial, as he said he was not guilty. The client provided documentation for an alibi notice and with that Ms. Karpa was able to secure a peace bond for the client.

  • R. v. D.B.2017

    The client was charged with two counts of assault. Although not agreeable at first, once Ms. Karpa was able to show that her client was making efforts to get counselling for anger management, the crown agreed to refer the matter to the alternative measures program. Upon completion of the program, the charges against the client were withdrawn. Given the nature of his employment, it was an important outcome, as his career could have been affected by a criminal record.

  • R. v. P.M.2017

    The client was charged with mischief under the Criminal Code and unruly or dangerous behaviour under the Aeronautics Act. Ms. Karpa had both sets of charges dropped.

  • R. v. R.C.2017

    The client was charged with assault. Originally the matter was not referable to Alternative Measures, but Ms. Karpa met with the crown who ultimately agreed to the referral. Once the requirements of Alternative Measures were met, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. C.S.2017

    The client was charged with assault. Originally the crown had not screened the file for Alternative Measures, but then agreed to do so once Ms. Karpa reviewed the matter with the crown. The matter was referred to Alternative Measures and once the requirements were met, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. D.B.2017

    The client was charged with assault. Upon attending counselling and paying restitution to the complainant, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. T.Y.2017

    The client was charged with assault. After discussions with the crown, they decided not to proceed with the charge as there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. As a result, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. I.W.2017

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. After discussions with the crown, the crown agreed that it was not in the public interest to prosecute this file. The charge was therefore withdrawn.

  • R. v. T.W.2017

    The client was charged with communications harassment. After successful completion of counselling and providing proof of same, the crown agreed to withdraw the charge.

  • R. v. B.T.2017

    The client was charged with two counts of assault. He was required to attend counselling and upon completion of the sessions and providing proof of it, the crown agreed to withdraw the charges.

  • R. v. M.A.2017

    The client was arrested and remanded on multiple charges including assault with a weapon, assault, uttering threats, failing to comply with a protection order and failing to appear. A bail hearing was set, at which time he plead guilty, and was released with time served.

  • R. v. N.M.2017

    The client was charged with assault, uttering threats and mischief. The file was referred to Alternative Measures and upon completing the requirements of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. J.T.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The crown agreed to an informal peace bond, wherein he was required to attend counselling. Upon completion of the sessions and providing proof of it, the crown agreed to withdraw the charge.

  • R. v. J.E.2017

    The client was charged with assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats. The client plead not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. On the day of trial, the crown offered a peace bond. The charges were dropped. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. T.S.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The client was directed to attend counselling and upon completion of the Sheriff King program, the charge against him was withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.J.2017

    The client was charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon and also ticketed for making a noise that disturbs another. The file was referred to Alternative Measures and upon completion of the requirements, the charges were withdrawn. Originally the crown was not in agreement with the referral, but Ms. Karpa made compelling arguments which convinced the crown to agree. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. T.A.2017

    The client was charged with assault. Ms. Karpa received and reviewed extensive disclosure. The disclosure clearly outlined issues with the credibility of the complainant. Ms. Karpa brought that to the crown'’s attention, and asked the crown to withdraw the charge. The crown agreed, and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.M.2017

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The crown agreed to withdraw the charge upon reviewing supporting documentation that Ms. Karpa had the client produce. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. C.B.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The file was referred to Alternative Measures and was withdrawn after successful completion of the requirements.

  • R. v. B.M.2017

    The client was charged with assault, unlawful confinement and resisting a PO. After requesting the crown review the matter regarding whether or not there was a reasonable likelihood of conviction, the crown agreed with Ms. Karpa'’s assessment and withdrew the charge outright.

  • R. v. B.C.2017

    The client was charged with a domestic assault. The matter was referred to mental health diversion and upon completion of the program, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. G.E.2017

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn on the basis that the client would enter into a peace bond.

  • R. v. K.R.2017

    The client was charged with uttering threats and possessing a weapon. Ms. Karpa was able to convince the crown to send the matter to diversion. Upon successful completion of the program, the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. B.R.2017

    The client was charged with assault. After the client successfully completed counselling, Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.E.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The matter was referred to the Alternative Measures Program and the charge was withdrawn once the requirements were completed.

  • R. v. J.T.2017

    I was appointed to assist the client at trial with cross-examination of the complainant on a domestic assault allegation. I assisted the client in resolving the matter by way of a peace bond instead. The client thus avoided a potential conviction.

  • R. v. R.H.2017

    This was a matter involving an assault allegation. The allegation was serious, and a conviction would have had a negative impact on the client's ability to maintain employment. After much negotiation, I was able to have the charge against the client withdrawn.

  • R. v. M.C.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was that of a domestic assault. A conviction would have had an impact on the client's employment. I negotiated with the crown and upon the client completing counselling, the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. D.P.2017

    The client was charged with assault. After doing a lot of background work, and presenting a resolution to the crown, the crown agreed that as long as the client completed counselling, the charge would be withdrawn. The client completed the counselling, and the charge was withdrawn. No record. No conviction.

  • R. v. M.K.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The matter involved an allegation of domestic assault wherein there were alleged witnesses to the assault. Upon receipt of disclosure, I was able to determine that there was no assault that had occurred. I approached the crown with my review and analysis of the file. With that, on the first court date, the crown decided it was not in the public interest to prosecute the file and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. J.J.2017

    The client was charged with a breach of probation. In discussions with the crown, I was able to have the charge withdrawn.

  • R. v. A.S.2017

    The client was charged with failing to comply with conditions of his peace bond. The Crown agreed to withdraw the charges after the client successfully attended and completed counselling sessions.

  • R. v. P.D.2017

    The client was charged with uttering threats and assault with a weapon. Initially the crown would not agree to dealing with the matter by way of treatment and counselling. However, thy finally did agree, and upon the client attending and completing counselling, the crown agreed to withdraw the charges.

  • R. v. K.M.2017

    The client was charged on two different matters: one with assaulting a peace officer and the other was assault with a weapon. After many discussions with the crown surrounding the client'’s developmental issues, and with the aid of the client'’s many advocates, the crown finally agreed to stay both charges.

  • R. v. A.J.2017

    The client was charged with assault. It was clear from my review of the matter that there were serious issues with the crown'’s case. It was clear that no assault had taken place. Given that, I met with the crown and they ultimately agreed to drop the charge. Charged withdrawn. No record. No conviction.

  • R. v. J.C.2017

    The client was charged with possession of a firearm, uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The client was required to attend counselling and upon completion of the course, the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. B.P.2017

    The client was charged with careless use of a firearm, theft, assault and unlawful confinement. Initially the crown was not agreeable to the matter being dealt with by way of counselling. However, I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the client take counselling, and a firearms safety course, and thereafter have the charges dropped. The client completed the counselling and the course, and the charges were all withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.C.2017

    The client was charged with assault. He plead not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. Partway through the trial, the crown realized there no offence was made out by the complainant's testimony, and withdrew the charge mid-trial.

  • R. v. T.M.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The matter was referred to the alternative measures program and the crown withdrew the charge upon successful completion of the requirements.

  • R. v. K.A.2017

    The client was charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon and assault. The matter was adjourned so that the client could attend counselling. The crown withdrew the charges upon successful completion of the sessions.

  • R. v. C.E.2017

    The client was charged with assault and aggravated assault of a police officer. The matter was dealt with by way of counselling, which the client completed, and then the charge was withdrawn outright.

  • R. v. J.A.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was that of a domestic dispute where alcohol was involved. I had the client attend counselling, and with that, the crown agreed to withdraw the charges against the client.

  • R. v. S.S.2017

    The client was charged with assault and mischief. This was a domestic allegation. I worked with the client to have them enter into counselling. This assisted me in convincing the prosecutor to withdraw the charges against the client.

  • R. v. B.O.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was that of road rage. In the end, the matter was referred to the alternative measure program. The charge was withdrawn when the client successfully completed the requirements of the program. The consequences if the client had not had me negotiate for the program would have been detrimental to the client'’s ability to work.

  • R. v. K.B.2017

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was that of a domestic situation. There were injuries to the complainant. Initially the crown was not agreeable to resolving it in a manner that would have left my client without a criminal record. However, I was able to negotiate with the crown and have the charge withdrawn after a peace bond was entered into. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. B.F.2017

    The client was charged with assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats. These were very serious allegations that would have had serious consequences without my assistance. In the end, I was able to convince the crown to agree to a short term conditional discharge for the client. No conviction entered.

Cases in 2016

  • R. v. J.S.2016

    The client was charged with serious assault related offences, including harassment and mischief. Ms. Karpa was able to have all of the charges withdrawn/dropped.

  • R. v. J.L.2016

    The client was charged with prostitution related offences. Ms. Karpa had the charges dropped. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. J.B.2016

    The client was charged with unlawful confinement and assault in a serious domestic related matter. Ms. Karpa determined that a key piece of evidence had been destroyed by the police and thus she was successful in having all charges against the client withdrawn outright.

  • R. v. L.P.2016

    The client was charged with assault, mischief, and uttering threats. Ms. Karpa worked with the client and had all charges against the client withdrawn after negotiations with the Crown.

  • R. v. K.F.2016

    The client was charged with assault, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and mischief (damage to property). This was a serious matter with multiple charges involving a domestic allegation. Because of the seriousness of the charges, the crown sought a conviction and a term of probation. Ms. Karpa successful argued before the court that the client should receive an absolute discharge. Ms. Karpa'’s arguments were accepted by the court and the client walked away with no conviction entered.

  • R. v. S.D.2016

    The client was charged with causing a disturbance in relation to a bar fight. Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client dropped. No criminal record. No conviction. This was important as the client had to travel to the USA frequently and a conviction would have caused him significant issues with being able to travel.

  • R. v. S.B.2016

    The client was charged with several counts of indecent act/exposure. The client was facing jail time, but Ms. Karpa negotiated with the Crown based upon issues with the Crown's case, and secured a conditional discharge for the client. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. J.O.2016

    The client was charged with breaching a peace bond in relation to a domestic matter. Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. T.J.2016

    The client was charged with assault against a domestic partner. Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. C.P.2016

    The client was charged with multiple counts of domestic assault and breaches of bail. The crown initially sought jail time, but Ms. Karpa was able to have all of the charges against the client withdrawn. No criminal record. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. C.B.2016

    The client was charged with assault. A criminal record would have had a detrimental impact on employment. The charge was withdrawn and the client kept their employment without issue.

  • R. v. Y.Z.2016

    The client was charged with break and enter, mischief, uttering threats and assault. Due to immigration issues a conviction would have been detrimental to the client. Ms. Karpa secured the complete withdrawal of all charges against her client.

  • R. v. A.M.2016

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The matter was serious in that the complainant suffered from long term issues. Ms. Karpa reviewed the file in detail and determined there were issues with the crown'’s ability to prove identification. Further, there were issues with the voluntariness of the client'’s statement to police. Based on that, Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. C.P.2016

    The client was charged with assault involving a dispute at a store. Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client dropped.

  • R. v. G.F.2016

    Client was charged with criminal harassment in the context of a neighbor dispute. The dispute had been ongoing. The charges were withdrawn. No record/no conviction.

  • R. v. B.C.2016

    The client was charged with common assault. The allegation was that both the complainant and the client were intoxicated and got into a fight. Ms. Karpa convinced the Crown to withdraw the charge outright. The client was spared from having a criminal record/conviction.

  • R. v. L.E.2016

    The client was charged with assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The context was that of a domestic dispute. The matter was resolved by way of a peace bond, and the charge was dropped/withdrawn. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. S.G.2016

    The client was charged with criminal harassment in relation to a neighbour dispute. The complainant'’s allegation was clearly false. Ms. Karpa secured a peace bond for the client and the charges were dropped. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. R.C.2016

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon (x2) and possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous (bear spray). The incident occurred at a party, and an altercation occurred between two groups of people. The Crown prosecutor sought a term of probation for the discharge of the bear spray. Ms. Karpa presented an argument to the court for a conditional discharge, and succeeded. The court found the client guilty but declined to convict pending his completion of the conditions.

  • R. v. K.C.2016

    The client was charged with assault in a 'road rage'” type dispute. A conviction would have had a serious impact upon the client's employment. Ms. Karpa managed to secure a withdrawal of the matter. No criminal conviction/no criminal record. The client'’s employment was unaffected.

  • R. v. K.B.2016

    The client was charged with assault. The situation involved a dispute at a job site. Ms. Karpa met with the Crown and presented her client'’s position. The Crown agreed to withdraw the charges outright. The client'’s employment was unaffected. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. H.J.2016

    The client was charged with a serious assault arising from a domestic violence allegation. Initially the crown sought jail. Eventually the crown agreed to stay the charge on the basis of the work that Ms. Karpa did. No conviction.

  • R. v. D.S.2016

    The client was charged with assault (domestic violence offence allegation). Ms. Karpa had the charged withdrawn after a peace bond was entered into. No conviction.

  • R. v. A.L.2016

    The client was charged with common assault arising out of a domestic dispute. A conviction would have had an impact upon the client's employment. Ms. Karpa secured the outright withdrawal of the charge. No criminal conviction/no criminal record. The client's employment was thus unaffected.

  • R. v. M.B.2016

    This was a complex matter where the complainant made allegations of assault to further a family law dispute. After much work on Ms. Karpa'’s part, the crown agreed that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction and withdrew the charge. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

  • R. v. M.Q.2016

    The client was charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm, failure to comply with a protection order, and breaches of release. The crown initially sought a jail sentence. However, after Ms. Karpa worked with the client to put forward the suggestion of an outright withdrawal, upon completion of counselling, the crown agreed. All of the charges were withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

  • R. v. T.B.2016

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The matter involved a one-punch assault outside of a nightclub. The client entered a guilty plea. Ms. Karpa put strenuously argued the client should receive a conditional discharge. The crown sought a term of incarceration to be served within the community. The judge agreed with Ms. Karpa and the client received a conditional discharge.

  • R. v. A.S.2016

    The client was charged with assault and uttering threats. Ms. Karpa secured the outright withdrawal of the charge. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. D.B.2016

    The client was charged with assault in relation to a domestic dispute. It was clear upon Ms. Karpa's review of disclosure that this was a matter that was a consensual '“fight'” or argument, and that no criminal liability should have resulted. The crown agreed to withdraw the charge. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. M.M.2016

    The client was charged with assault in relation to a domestic dispute. Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn at the first appearance. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. D.D.2016

    The client was charged with assault. Though the crown initially would not agree to the matter being referred to Alternative Measures due to a previous similar referral, Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to refer the matter. The client completed the program and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. G.S.2016

    The client was charged with assault in relation to a domestic allegation. Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn outright. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. J.K.2016

    The client was charged with assaulting a police officer. The crown was initially unwilling to refer to the client to the Alternative Measures Program. With Ms. Karpa's hard work and persuasion, the crown finally agreed to the referral. Upon completion of the program the charge was withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

  • R. v. D.P.2016

    The client was charged with causing an animal to be in distress. Ms. Karpa worked to ensure that the client did not receive a criminal conviction. The charge was withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

  • R. v. J.P.2016

    The client was charged with assault and mischief. Though initially the crown did not agree to the matter being referred to Alternative Measures, Ms. Karpa was able to convince the crown to do so. The client completed the program and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. F.B.2016

    The client was charged with assault. The client was referred to diversion and the charge was withdrawn. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. C.T.2016

    The client was charged with assault. Although the crown was initially opposed to the idea and suggested a conditional discharge instead, they eventually agreed to refer the matter to the Alternative Measures Program. This was a serious matter that would have had detrimental consequences for the client if the client were to have had a conviction or finding of guilt. Instead, after Ms. Karpa successfully negotiated for her client'’s acceptance into the program, the client completed the requirements and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. H.S.2016

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. The matter involved a fight at a bar. The complainant had a bleeding nose after being punched. The client plead guilty to the lesser and included charge of simple assault and Ms. Karpa successfully argued for a conditional discharge. No conviction entered.

Cases in 2015

  • R. v. D.C.2015

    The client was charged with breaching his released conditions. On the day of trial Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn outright. No conviction entered/no criminal record.

  • R. v. E.S.2015

    Client was charged with domestic assault. The matter was up for first appearance in court and Ms. Karpa was able to negotiate an immediate withdrawal of the charge. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. M.P.2015

    Client was charged with breach of probation, and assault. On the day of trial, Ms. Karpa had the charges withdrawn. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. P.W.2015

    The client was charged with domestic assault contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Ms. Karpa had the charges dropped at the first appearance in court. No conviction/no criminal record.

  •  R. v. D.G.2015

    The client was charged with domestic assault including an allegation of choking. After lengthy negotiations with the Crown, Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn outright. No criminal record/no conviction. The client could continue to work without issues relating to a criminal record check.

  • R. v. M.C.2015

    The client was charged with a gang allegation of assault. There were several people involved in the matter, all of whom were charged with assault. After lengthy court proceedings, the Crown elected to stay the proceedings. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. J.C.2015

    The client was charged with assault and uttering threats against his ex-girlfriend. Ms. Karpa secured a peace bond for the client and the charges were withdrawn. The client will not have a criminal record or conviction.

  • R. v. A.B.2015

    The client was charged with simple assault involving an allegation of pushing. Ms. Karpa had the client enter into the Alternative Measures Program, even though at first blush the Crown did not agree that he was eligible. With Ms. Karpa's convincing, the matter was referred to the Program and the charge was withdrawn. No record/no conviction.

  • R. v. P.M.2015

    The client was charged with harassment against an ex-girlfriend. After lengthy negotiations with the Crown based on Ms. Karpa's review of the file, the charges were dropped. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. L.S.2015

    The client was charged with domestic assault, pursuant to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Ms. Karpa had the matter dealt with by way of a peace bond, and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction entered/no criminal record.

  • R. v. M.K.2015

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm in relation to a domestic partner. The allegation was serious, and the Crown elected to proceed to trial. Ms. Karpa was able to secure a peace bond for the client. No conviction entered. No criminal record.

  • R. v. A.I.2015

    The client was charged with assault pursuant to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Criminal defence lawyer Susan Karpa reviewed the file, and determine that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. Charges were withdrawn/dropped. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. T.N.2015

    The client was charged was a very serious assault against a domestic partner. Despite the Crown'’s position that jail was warranted, Ms. Karpa secured a sentence of probation for the client.

  • R. v. B.C.2015

    The client was charged with a very serious assault with a weapon offence, and firearms related offences. Ms. Karpa got the firearm charge withdrawn. The Crown sought a significant jail sentence given the client's related criminal convictions. Despite that, Ms. Karpa successfully argued for ten days in custody.

  • R. v. T.N.2015

    The client was charged with multiple offences including assault, breaching bail conditions and failures to appear in court. Despite the serious nature of the assault, Ms. Karpa secured the sentence of a low fine for the client. No jail.

  • R. v. L.T.2015

    The client was charged with assault against another individual. Initially the client was not eligible for a court diversion program. However, Ms. Karpa successfully argued for the client'’s acceptance into the program. The client was referred to diversion, and after completing the program the charge was withdrawn. No record. No conviction.

  • R. v. K.A.2015

    The client was charged with the criminal offence of uttering threats. The allegation was made by a family member. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa secured a withdrawal of the charge. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. T.H.2015

    The client was charged with a serious allegation of break and enter, assault and uttering threats against a domestic partner. The criminal charges were exceptionally serious, and the client faced the risk of jail given they had a prior related criminal record. With countless hours of work, including file review, criminal law sentencing research, and meetings with the client and the Crown, Ms. Karpa succeeded in having the client plead to less serious offences for a conditional sentence. No jail.

  • R. v. D.B.2015

    The client was charged with a serious assault causing bodily harm, mischief to property, and uttering threats. Ms, Karpa'’s review of the file revealed several issues with the Crown's ability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. With that, Ms. Karpa had all of the charges against the client withdrawn/dropped. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. P.N.2015

    The client was charged with an allegation of assault (section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada) against a spouse. The allegation was serious in that it was alleged that a child was present at the time of the allegation. Despite that, Ms. Karpa secured a peace bond for the client, and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. C.M.2015

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon -– a knife. The allegation was that the knife was held to the complainant's throat. With significant work to get the client treatment and counselling, the charge against the client was dropped. NO criminal record. No conviction

  • R. v. H.L.2015

    The client was charged with assault (section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada) against a spouse. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa worked painstakingly in defence of her client. In the end, Ms. Karpa convinced the Crown to drop the charge against the client. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. T.N.2015

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon (knife) in a domestic incident. The charge was serious in that the client was alleged to have cut the throat of the complainant. Though the charge was serious given the nature of the allegations, Ms. Karpa secured a withdrawal of the charge. No conviction, no criminal record. The client could move on with their life unencumbered by a conviction which would have had a devastating impact on employment and volunteering.

  • R. v. W.M.2015

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. A criminal record would have significantly impacted their ability to continue with their employment. Ms. Karpa carefully reviewed the case, and was able to convince the Crown to withdraw the charge. No conviction/no record.

  • R. v. M.H.2015

    The client was charged with assault (domestic). Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn. No conviction/no record.

  • R. v. T.A.2015

    The client was charged with assault involving a domestic allegation where several witnesses were present. With extensive work done on the file, Ms. Karpa was able to convince the Crown to withdraw/drop the charge against the client. The matter was concluded so that the client did not have a criminal record or conviction and could thus continue on with their employment.

  • R. v. L.S.2015

    The client was charged with a serious gang related attack on a complainant. The Crown sought a term of incarceration to be served in the community (conditional sentence). The co-accused had received a sentence of jail within the community. Ms. Karpa fought for a conditional discharge so that the client would have no conviction entered. The Judge agreed with Ms. Karpa and the client received a conditional discharge. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. B.M.2015

    The client was charged with a gang type assault upon the complainant. The allegation was that the client, along with three others, attacked the complainant and assaulted the complainant. The Crown wanted the client to have a conviction entered. Ms. Karpa wanted to ensure that the client did not have a conviction entered, and sought a conditional discharge. The Judge agreed with Ms. Karpa and the client received a conditional discharge. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. A.F.2015

    The client was charged with several breaches of court orders and criminal harassment. The Crown sought the client'’s detention. Ms. Karpa successfully negotiated for the client's release from custody on bail.

Cases in 2014

  • R. v. J.U.2014

    The client was charged with mischief, assault and uttering threats charges pursuant to the Criminal Code of Canada. The charges stemmed from a domestic violence allegation. Significant damage was done to a vehicle and a residence. Despite that, and despite the seriousness of the allegations, all charges against the client were withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. G.L.2014

    The client was charged with a serious assault involving a serious fight (kicking and punching) that was caught on video. The Crown sought a term of probation which would mean the client would have had a conviction and criminal record. After a careful review of the file, and the relevant case law, Ms. Karpa argued before the Judge that the client should instead receive a conditional discharge. The Judge sided with Ms. Karpa, and the client received a conditional discharge. No conviction.

  • R. v. J.C.2014

    The client was charged with criminal harassment involving a dispute. Ms. Karpa secured a peace bond for the client. Charge of criminal harassment withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. D.B.2014

    The client was charged with a serious assault involving a serious fight outside of a bar. The Crown initially sought a term of probation which would mean the client would have had a conviction and criminal record. After negotiations with the Crown, Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa convinced the Crown to join her in her application for a conditional discharge. The Judge accepted the joint recommendation, and the client received a conditional discharge. No conviction.

  • R. v. M.J.2014

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm pursuant to section 267(B) of the Criminal Code of Canada (domestic violence allegation). The allegation was serious in that it was that of a punch to the face causing injury to the mouth. With her background as a former prosecutor, Calgary criminal defence lawyer Susan Karpa managed to argue for the complete withdrawal of all charges. Thus the client did not have end up with a conviction or criminal record.

  • R. v. A.C.2014

    The client was charged with the criminal offences of assault (spitting) and uttering threats. Ms. Karpa made an application to the Crown prosecutor to accept the client into a diversion program, despite the seriousness of the allegation (spitting). After the diversion program was completed, the charges against the client were withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. D.S.2014

    The client was charged with uttering threats in a neighbor dispute. The allegation arose after an altercation between the parties. The criminal charge of uttering threats was withdrawn and the client received a peace bond instead. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. K.W.2014

    The allegation was made that the client had committed an assault against their domestic partner. The allegation was serious. Instead of a conviction being entered, and instead of the client receiving a criminal record, Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn.

  • R. v. M.D.2014

    This was a serious allegation of assault causing bodily harm. The client was alleged to have assaulted his spouse (domestic assault) while in the presence of their young child. Despite the seriousness of the allegation, Ms. Karpa worked with the client to put their best foot forward in terms of negotiating with the Crown for an acceptable resolution of the matter. Criminal lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued for a peace bond. The charge of domestic assault withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. M.D.2014

    This was a serious allegation of assault causing bodily harm. The client was alleged to have assaulted his spouse (domestic assault) while in the presence of their young child. Despite the seriousness of the allegation, Ms. Karpa worked with the client to put their best foot forward in terms of negotiating with the Crown for an acceptable resolution of the matter. Criminal lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued for a peace bond. The charge of domestic assault withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. A.R.2014

    The client was charged with a serious allegation of assault with a weapon pursuant to section 267(A) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The altercation was caught on video. After Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa received the file, she began preparing the client'’s case for a plea. Ms. Karpa had the charge reduced to simple assault (section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada) and Ms. Karpa argued for an absolute discharge. The Judge granted Ms. Karpa's application. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. K.M.2014

    The client was charged with an allegation of assault against their former spouse (domestic assault). The matter had been waived in from another jurisdiction for a guilty plea. Despite the Crown asking for a conviction to be entered, Ms. Karpa convinced the Judge to agree to sentence the client to an absolute discharge. The Judge granted Ms. Karpa's application. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. K.L.2014

    The client was charged with an allegation of assault that arose in a domestic situation. Further, the client was charged with failing to comply with release conditions. Ms. Karpa successfully had both criminal charges withdrawn and instead a peace bond was entered into. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. C.T.2014

    The client was charged with uttering threats pursuant to section 264.1(1)(A) of the Criminal Code of Canada. The allegation arose out of a domestic situation. After speaking to witnesses, reviewing the evidence, and meeting with the Crown to discuss the matter, Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa had the charge against her client dropped. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. A.T.2014

    The client was charged with a serious allegation of domestic assault. A criminal conviction would be detrimental to the client'’s employment. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa reviewed the file to determine potential issues with the Crown's case against the client. There were serious issues with the complainant's credibility. On the basis of her review of the evidence, Ms. Karpa obtained a complete withdrawal of all charges against the client. Ms. Karpa had determined that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction, and was able to convince the Crown that was the case. Charges dropped. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. L.S.2014

    Client charged with assault against a child. Ms. Karpa got the Crown to agree to drop the charge against her client.

  • R. v. B.L.2014

    Allegations of assault and uttering threats were dropped by the Crown on Ms. Karpa'’s urging. Instead, the client received a peace bond. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. N.B.2014

    Client was charged with assault with a weapon, assault, and uttering threats. The incident involved an allegation that a knife was used. Ms. Karpa successfully argued for a term of probation versus jail for her client.

  • R. v. M.J.2014

    The client was charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous, and multiple counts of simple assault. Ms. Karpa got the Crown to withdraw several counts against her client. For the remaining counts, although the client had a related record, Ms. Karpa secured a short term of probation for her client.

  • R. v. B.S.2014

    Client charged with domestic allegation of assault and uttering threats. The client received a peace bond and the charges were all dropped.

  • R. v. C.P.2014

    The client was charged with assault against his wife and child. Although the allegations were serious, Ms. Karpa negotiated to have the charges against her client withdrawn. The client instead received a peace bond. No conviction.

  • R. v. B.H.2014

    Client charged with assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats against his domestic partner. The client received a peace bond and the charges were all dropped. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. K.M.2014

    The client was charged with assaulting a police officer. After lengthy negotiations, Ms. Karpa was able to have the charge against her client withdrawn.

  • R. v. T.I.2014

    The client was charged with assaulting a police officer and uttering threats to a police officer. Both charges were dropped.

Cases in 2013

  • R. v. D.N.2013

    Client was charged with domestic assault. Client received conditional discharge,– no criminal record.

  • R. v. S.H.2013

    Criminal harassment and multiple breach of bail charges. Client had a prior criminal record. Crown sought jail. Judge agreed with Ms. Karpa and the client was sentenced to a conditional sentence and probation , no jail.

  • R. v. L.D.2013

    Client was charged with domestic assault. Ms. Karpa got the charge dropped for her client.

  • R. v. C.H.2013

    Client was charged with two sets of offences: (1) domestic assault causing bodily harm and breaches of bail conditions; and (2) uttering threats. All charges were withdrawn against the client. No convictions/no criminal record.

  • R. v. A.B.2013

    Client was charged with uttering threats and criminal harassment. The client received a peace bond and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. C.L.2013

    Client was charged with break and enter, assault, and uttering threats. Client received a term of probation with minimal conditions.

  • R. v. H.H.2013

    Client was charged with assaulting his wife. Ms. Karpa worked diligently to convince the Crown to drop the charge. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. D.M.2013

    Client was charged with domestic assault. The client received a peace bond and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. B.F.2013

    Client was charged with assaulting a young child. Client plead guilty and was sentenced to a short term of probation with minimal conditions.

  • R. v. G.B.2013

    Client was charged with assaulting his step son. The client received a peace bond and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. G.P.2013

    Client was charged with assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The client received a peace bond and the charge was withdrawn. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. R.S.2013

    Client was charged with assaulting his common law wife. Ms. Karpa negotiated a peace bond for the client. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. G.C.2013

    Client was charged with uttering threats and obstructing a police officer and causing a disturbance. The client entered into the Alternative Measures program. Upon completion of the program, the charges will be withdrawn by the Crown and the client will not have a criminal record.

  • R. v. B.M.2013

    Client was charged with obstruction of a police officer and causing a disturbance. The client entered into the Alternative Measures program. Upon completion of the program, the charges will be withdrawn by the Crown and the client will not have a criminal record.

  • R. v. S.H.2013

    Client was charged with extortion, uttering threats, criminal harassment, and breaches of bail conditions. Ms. Karpa was hired after the client had already plead guilty to the offences. The Crown wanted a jail sentence because of the seriousness of the offence and because of the client's prior criminal record. With Ms. Karpa'’s successful arguments the client did not receive a jail sentence.

  • R. v. C.P2013

    Client charged with assault causing bodily harm from an allegation of a fight. Although the complainant sustained serious injuries including a fractured nose, Ms. Karpa successfully argued that her client should receive a conditional discharge. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. D.D.2013

    The client was charged with criminal harassment and uttering threats. The allegations arose in the context of social media communications. Ms. Karpa reviewed the case file and determined that there were significant issues with the Crown's case against the client. Ms. Karpa obtained a peace bond for the client, so that the client could walk away without a criminal record. The charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.W.2013

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon (knife), uttering threats and simple assault. Ms. Karpa convinced the Crown to agree to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. The client thus avoided a criminal record.

  • R. v. T.O.2013

    The client faced a charge of assault arising out of a domestic situation. The matter was resolved by way of a peace bond so that the client walked away without a criminal record. The charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.N.2013

    Facing a charge of domestic assault, Ms. Karpa secured a peace bond for the client. The charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. D.S.2013

    Allegations of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous, and carrying a concealed weapon (baton) were all dropped because of Ms. Karpa's vigorous defence of her client.

  • R. v. C.H.2013

    Client was charged with uttering threats. Ms. Karpa got the charge dropped. No criminal record.

  • R. v. S.P.2013

    The client was charged with obstructing a police officer. Ms. Karpa got the charge against the client withdrawn. No criminal record.

  • R. v. B.C.2013

    The client was charged with aggravated assault in relation to a stabbing allegation. Although the client had a related record, Ms. Karpa successfully argued for bail. The client was released from custody pending trial.

  • R. v. R.B.2013

    Ms. Karpa secured her client's release from jail for aggravated assault, two charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of stolen property even though the client had an extensive criminal record.

  • R. v. R.B.2013

    Client was charged with aggravated assault while on parole. Ms. Karpa got the client released on bail with minimal conditions and no cash.

  • R. v. R.B.2013

    Client was charged with assault with a weapon and was released. Police arrested client on an allegation of a breach of his release. Ms. Karpa got the client out on bail for the second time.

  • R. v. C.H.2013

    Early morning bail hearing for uttering threats. Client was out on bail at the time he is alleged to have committed the offences. Client was released no cash deposit with minimal conditions.