The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases for Sexual Assault

Cases in 2020

  • R. v. M.R.2020

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. The matter arose out of a lengthy family law dispute. The matter proceeded to a preliminary inquiry. At the preliminary inquiry, I was able to convince the crown prosecutor that they could not proceed on one of the several charges. They agreed, and at the preliminary inquiry, that charge was withdrawn. The remaining charges proceeded from the preliminary inquiry on to trial. At the preliminary I was able to make a lot of headway during my cross-examination of the complainants. There was a lot of valuable evidence that would have been useful at the trial of the matter. The matter was set for trial with a judge sitting alone at the Court of Queen's Bench. After a review of the evidence, the crown agreed to drop the charges. The client was left without a conviction.

  • R. v. D.R.2020

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a young person when in a position of trust, invitation to sexual touching, and sexual interference. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was down for a preliminary hearing. At the prelim, after discussions with the crown, he agreed there was not much to go on, and that at most it was an assault. The crown offered a 6 month peace bond , which the client accepted. The charges were then stayed.

  • R. v. A.A.2020

    This was a matter that had proceeded with a preliminary inquiry and the complainant testified. It was clear from my cross-examination that the complainant had consented to the sexual interaction between herself and the client. Despite that, the crown proceeded with the matter and a trial date was set. I was able to convince the crown that it was clear after the preliminary inquiry that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction given the complainant's testimony on the issue of consent at the preliminary inquiry. Ultimately, the crown agreed with my assessment, and the sexual assault charge against my client was stayed - the matter was dropped. The client was left without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. D.R.2020

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a young person when in a position of trust, invitation to sexual touching, and sexual interference. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was down for a preliminary hearing. At the prelim, after discussions with the crown, he agreed there was not much to go on, and that at most it was an assault. The crown offered a 6 month peace bond , which the client accepted. The charges were then stayed.

  • R. v. A.A.2020

    This was a matter that had proceeded with a preliminary inquiry and the complainant testified. It was clear from my cross-examination that the complainant had consented to the sexual interaction between herself and the client. Despite that, the crown proceeded with the matter and a trial date was set. I was able to convince the crown that it was clear after the preliminary inquiry that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction given the complainant's testimony on the issue of consent at the preliminary inquiry. Ultimately, the crown agreed with my assessment, and the sexual assault charge against my client was stayed - the matter was dropped. The client was left without a conviction and without a criminal record.

Cases in 2019

  • R. v. S.S.2019

    The client was charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under the age of 18. This turned out to be a situation where the client met an individual online, and then when they met in person it ended up being an undercover police officer. The issue with the file became apparent from the outside: the police had entrapped my client, and several other people in this sting operation. What they police did was against the law, as the client did not intend on meeting with a person under the age of 18 as that is not what the false advertisement the police posted said. In discussions with the crown, I was able to have the charge withdrawn altogether, leaving my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. S.G.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for a judge and jury trial, with a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary inquiry, I cross-examined the complainant. It was clear this was a false allegation against my client. The matter was set for trial at the Court of Queen's Bench. The crown then decided to drop the charge. My client was left with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. E.S.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference with a minor, and unlawful confinement. The client decided to plead not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. The week prior to the commencement of trial, I discussed the matter with the crown, and they agreed to drop the charges and allow my client to enter into a peace bond. My client was left with no criminal record and no convictions.

  • R. v. R.C.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault. Upon reviewing the disclosure, it was clear that no sexual assault occurred. This was clearly a file that involved the police charging without doing their job. It was an allegation that was unsupported by any of the evidence. I convinced the crown to withdraw (drop) the charge altogether. My client had no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. M.K.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault involving a very minor allegation. The I reviewed the disclosure in detail and determined that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. On that basis, I approached the crown prosecutor to try to resolve the matter. We agreed to a peace bond, with the sexual assault charge dropped. However, when we arrived at court, the crown agreed to drop the charge altogether, leaving my client with no peace bond, no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. A.L.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. The client elected to plead guilty to the sexual assault charge. The crown was initially seeking extensive jail time. However, in negotiations with the crown, I was able to convince them to proceed with a significantly reduced sentence, six months incarceration, followed by 18 months of probation. The sexual interference charge was dropped (withdrawn).

  • R. v. A.O.2019

    The client was charged with voyeurism. The crown was at first seeking a sentence of jail, but after I spoke with them, they agreed to reduce their sentence submissions to that of a suspended sentence and probation. I conducted extensive research and made submissions to the judge that a conditional discharge would be appropriate. The judge agreed, and my client received a conditional discharge. No conviction was entered.

  • R. v. R.D.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault. After receiving my client's instructions, we entered a plea of not guilty and set the matter for a preliminary inquiry at the Provincial Court. At the preliminary inquiry, I cross-examined the complainant and made significant headway in terms of material that I could use at the trial. The matter proceeded to trial at the Court of Queen's Bench with a judge and jury. I prepared tirelessly for the trial, including conducting a methodical review of all of the disclosure. My preparations paid off, and the jury found my client not guilty.

  • R. v. D.P.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial at the Court of Queen's Bench with a judge alone. I prepared for the trial by conducting legal research, preparing arguments, preparing my client for examination-in-chief and cross-examination, and preparing my cross-examination of the complainant. This was a - he said, she said - fact situation. It was clear that my client's version of events was credible, and the complainant's version was not. I was successful in securing a not guilty finding from the judge.

  • R. v. B.N.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault against a co-worker. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. On the day of trial, the client crown agreed to a plea to a charge of simple assault, and the client received probation.

  • R. v. K.S.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The client elected to plead guilty. The crown was seeking a lengthy jail sentence. I made arguments for a conditional sentence order, and the court agreed. The client received no jail time.

  • R. v. A.T.2019

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. After pre-trial discussions with the crown, the client decided to accept the resolution offer presented. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of simple assault for probation, and the charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching were dropped.

Cases in 2018

  • R. v. M.M.2018

    The client was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference. There was significant evidence against my client, and he instructed me to proceed with a guilty plea. The crown prosecutor was originally seeking a penitentiary jail sentence. I convinced the crown prosecutor that the sentence they were originally seeking was outside of the applicable range. I convinced the crown to agree to a guilty plea to one charge of sexual interference with a minor for a 90-day jail sentence (versus the original 3-4 years the crown was seeking). The remaining three charges of sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor were withdrawn (dropped).

  • R. v. D.U.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. The client decided to proceed with a guilty plea to the one charge of sexual assault. The crown prosecutor sought a sentence of custody (jail) for the client. However, I made legal arguments to the judge and the judge agreed with my arguments and sentenced the client to a conditional discharge, leaving my client without a conviction being entered. The remaining charge was withdrawn (dropped).

  • R. v. J.W.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation of a person with a disability, and invitation to sexual touching of a minor. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for a preliminary hearing. At the preliminary inquiry, the judge decided there was enough evidence to proceed to trial, and the matter was sent to Queen's Bench for that purpose. It was set for a judge and jury trial. The crown was originally seeking a lengthy term of incarceration if the client had been convicted. However, I worked tirelessly for the client and managed to convince the prosecutor that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. The crown agreed to a short peace bond, and the charges were all dropped. The client was left without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. T.B.2018

    The client was charged with indecent act. The consequence of a conviction for the matter would have left the client without the ability to maintain employment. However, I met with the crown prosecutor and proposed resolution whereby the charges would be dropped after my client attended some counselling. The charge was withdrawn (dropped) and my client was left with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. M.A.2018

    The client was charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration. I met with the crown prosecutor and convinced them to refer my client to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client completed the requirements of the program, the charge was withdrawn. My client was left without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. E.C.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The collateral consequences of a finding of guilt would have been grave for the client. The client elected to enter a plea of not guilty, and to set the matter for trial. On the day of trial, the prosecutor agreed with my suggestion that the client should receive a peace bond. The charge was withdrawn, leaving my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. C.S.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault. This was another case of a false allegation. After multiple discussions with the crown, I was able to negotiate with the crown to agree to a peace bond. The charge of sexual assault against my client was withdrawn. This left my client with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. R.R.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The allegation was that of touching. This was a false allegation, and my client instructed me to enter a plea of not guilty and to set the matter for trial. I prepared for the trial including conducting legal research, drafting cross-examination of the complainant and witnesses, and preparing legal arguments. On the day of trial, the charge was dropped (withdrawn).

  • R. v. J.F.2018

    The client was charged with making, possessing, and accessing child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, transmitting sexually explicit material to a minor, and communicating with a minor to facilitate the making of child pornography and to facilitate an invitation to sexual touching. After lengthy discussions with the crown, they were convinced to withdraw the charge and to allow the client to enter into a one-year common law peace bond.

  • R. v. M.B.2018

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

  • R. v. L.H.2018

    The client was charged with exposing himself to a person under the age of 16 years. After discussions with the crown, and admittance requirements discussions with the program coordinators, it was agreed that the client was a fit and the matter could be referred to the mental health diversion program. Upon completion of the requirements, the crown withdrew the charge.

  • R. v. K.O.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The client entered a not guilty plea and the matter was set down for trial. Upon conclusion, the judge found that the client was not guilty of sexual assault, but guilty of a simple assault. The client received a conditional discharge with 9 months probation and a victim fine surcharge. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. P.D.2018

    The client was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference with a minor. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. At trial, after the first witness testified, I approached the crown and convinced them that the matter should be resolved by way of a peace bond. The charges were withdrawn, and jail time was avoided.

  • R. v. G.H.2018

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. The client clearly had good defences to the allegations. After discussion with the crown, they agreed to withdraw all charges and have the client enter into a peace bond for 9 months. No criminal record/no conviction.

  • R. v. A.R.2018

    The client was charged with making sexually explicit material available to a child, accessing, possessing, and making child pornography, invitation to sexual touching, and child luring under 18 and under 16. I engaged in lengthy discussions with the crown with a view to resolving the matter by way of a peace bond. The crown agreed, and the charges were withdrawn, the client thus avoiding a penitentiary jail sentence.

  • R. v. R.J.2018

    The client was charged with distributing, possessing and accessing child pornography. A guilty plea was entered to the possession charge, and the other charges were withdrawn. I negotiated a significantly reduced sentence with the crown, on the basis of my client's early guilty plea, and on the basis of extensive counselling the client had undertaken. Wherein the client would have incurred a much lengthier sentence, the client was instead sentenced to six months in jail, followed by two years probation with conditions.

Cases in 2017

  • R. v. J.A.2017

    The client was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference with a minor. This was a very complex matter involving voluntariness of statements. Ms. Karpa painstakingly researched the law, and was able to discuss the matter with the crown and convinced the crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond and the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.R.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. The client plead guilty to the lesser and included offence of simple assault. The sexual interference charge was withdrawn. The client received a three-year conditional discharge with conditions to not contact the complainant, complete 40 hours of community service, and to attend counselling. No conviction.

  • R. v. S.G.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and assault with a weapon. The matter proceeded to a preliminary inquiry, and then to trial. At trial, the client plead not guilty. I worked tirelessly to ensure that the client received the best possible defence. Upon completion of the trial, the client was found NOT GUILTY. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. F.J.2017

    Client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. The matter proceeded to a preliminary inquiry. Thereafter, the client plead not guilty and the matter proceeded to trial. I worked diligently in preparation of both the preliminary. I completed throughout research and preparation for trial. After my cross-examination of the complainant, and after the direct evidence from my client, the judge was left with a reasonable doubt and the client was found NOT GUILTY.

  • R. v. B.M.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. The client gave instructions to Ms. Karpa plead guilty to sexual interference and the remaining two counts were withdrawn. The crown sought a sentence of 3 years, while Ms. Karpa sought a sentence of 2 years’ incarceration.

  • R. v. M.K.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and touching for a sexual purpose. Ms. Karpa reviewed the file entirely, and determined that there was, in her opinion, no reasonable likelihood of conviction on one set of counts. In addition, Ms. Karpa determined that there was lost evidence, thus opening up the possibility of a stay of proceedings. Ms. Karpa discussed the matter with the crown, and the charges were all stayed. No criminal record. No conviction.

  • R. v. G.F.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and failing to comply. The client plead not guilty and the matter was set for a preliminary inquiry. At the prelim, the crown withdrew the failure to comply charge. The matter was eventually set down for trial. Upon conclusion of the trial, the judge found the client not guilty on all of the sexual offences.

  • R. v. J.L.2017

    The client was charged with three counts of sexual assault. He plead not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. The crown was open to discussions about resolving the matter, and the client ended up with a peace bond for one year. All the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. B.P.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference. He plead guilty to sexual interference and received a jail term of 2 years, plus 18 months’ probation with conditions. The crown had sought a 3-year jail sentence, but the judge agreed with Ms. Karpa's position.

  • R. v. M.S.2017

    The client was charged with sexual assault. He plead not guilty and the matter was set down for a preliminary inquiry. Ms. Karpa determined that there were significant issues with the crown'’s disclosure, and ultimately convinced the crown to withdraw the charge outright. No criminal record. No conviction.

Cases in 2016

  • R. v. R.S.2016

    The client was charged with assault, uttering threats, sexual assault and endangering a child. Ms. Karpa successfully negotiated with the crown to agree to withdraw the sexual assault and endangering a child charges on the basis that there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction. The other matters were also withdrawn after the client received a peace bond.

  • R. v. J.M.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The matter proceeded to a preliminary inquiry. A continuation date was set to finish cross-examination of the complainant. At the continuation date, the charges were stayed by the crown. That ended the matter for the client. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. B.S.2016

    The client was initially charged with sexual assault. Though this was originally an indictable offence, the information was re-laid and Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to re-elect summarily. At that time the client was charged with sexual assault, obtaining for consideration sexual services, and fraud under $5000. He plead guilty to fraud over $5000 and a conditional discharge was granted.

  • R. v. B.V.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault, mischief and assault. The client plead not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. On the day of trial Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to withdraw all charges.

  • R. v. M.U.2016

    The client was charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration. Ms. Karpa had the matter referred to the Alternative Measures Program and the charge was withdrawn. No criminal record/no criminal conviction.

  • R. v. R.T.2016

    The client was charged with sexual interference with a minor and sexual assault. Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to stay the charge prior to the preliminary inquiry being held. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. S.S.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault. Days before the trial Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to withdraw the charge outright. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. J.W.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The allegation arose under circumstances involving an ongoing family law dispute. Ms. Karpa worked tirelessly with her client to prepare for trial. Mid-way through Ms. Karpa'’s cross-examination of the complainant, the crown withdrew the charge. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. J.B.2016

    The client was charged with luring (over the internet) of a young person, as well as possession of child pornography. Ms. Karpa worked with the client to ensure that they had done all that was necessary in order for Ms. Karpa to be able to negotiate the matter with the crown to avoid jail for the client. Not only did Ms. Karpa ensure that the client did not go to jail, but she also secured a withdrawal of the charges based on the client entering into a peace bond. No conviction entered.

  • R. v. G.B.2016

    The client was charged with luring, possession of child pornography, and sexual interference with a minor and sexual assault. All of the charges against the client were withdrawn by the crown based upon the work Ms. Karpa did for the client.

  • R. v. C.T.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault in a gang type of circumstance. After a thorough review of the file, Ms. Karpa had the charge against the client withdrawn.

  • R. v. K.I.2016

    The client was charged with a historical sexual assault. Ms. Karpa secured a withdrawn of the charge against her client. No record. No conviction.

  • R. v. D.L.2016

    The client was charged with sexual assault. Ms. Karpa argued the client shouldn'’t be committed to stand trial after prelim. The court agreed with Ms. Karpa and the client was discharged after the preliminary inquiry.

Cases in 2015

  • R. v. J.B.2015

    The client was charged with luring and child pornography related offences. Ms. Karpa worked extensively and convinced the Crown to agree to withdraw the charges. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. T.N.2015

    The client was charged with sexual assault and choking. This was a very serious allegation that had a serious impact on the client'’s life. Ms. Karpa represented the client at trial in front of a Judge. Through Ms. Karpa's cross-examination of the complainant, and through her defence of the client and legal arguments, she successfully argued for an acquittal. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. C.R.2015

    The client was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference with a minor. Ms. Karpa thoroughly reviewed the evidence and determined that the Crown'’s case was weak. After extensively preparing the file for preliminary inquiry, the charges were stayed against the client. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. B.B.2015

    The client was charged with sexual assault. The Crown elected not proceed with the prosecution.

  • R. v. T.N.2015

    The client was charged with sexual interference and sexual assault. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa had the charges against the client dropped on the basis of months of tireless work and commitment to her client's file.

  • R. v. P.S.2015

    The client was charged with sexual assault. Ms. Karpa was able to secure the client'’s release on bail.

Cases in 2014

  • R. v. B.M.2014

    The client was charged with serious allegations of sexual assault and sexual interference. After lengthy preparations for court, including multiple client and witness meetings, all of the charges against the client were withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

  • R. v. J.C.2014

    Allegation of minor sexual assault. Ms. Karpa succeeded in arguing for a plea to simple assault only. Client received probation on a plea to assault only.