The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases tagged as Threats

Cases in 2024

  • R. v. J.U.2024

    My client faced a domestic assault charge. The incident involved her partner, who was also charged following their altercation. As her lawyer, I guided her through the necessary steps to strengthen her defence, which included completing specific tasks and reviewing the evidence collected by the police. Upon careful analysis, it became clear that the prosecution's case was weak. I negotiated with the prosecutor, successfully arguing for the charge to be withdrawn. The charge was dropped on our first court appearance, preserving my client's clean criminal record and protecting her employment.

  • R. v. M.C.2024

    In the case where my client faced charges of making harassing communications, the circumstances revealed that the complainant's actions had provoked my client. I worked with my client to then use the information to successfully persuade the prosecutor to divert the charge, effectively moving the matter out of the justice system. This diversion required my client to fulfill specific obligations, which were completed diligently. I then represented my client in court, leading to the complete withdrawal of the charge. As a result, my client was left without a criminal record or conviction, maintaining their clean legal standing.

  • R. v. C.D.2024

    The client was charged with two counts of domestic assault against family members. The allegations were serious. At first, the prosecutor was not agreeable to resolve the matter without a conviction for the client. However, over time, I had the client complete counselling and other things which helped me to then convince the prosecutor to drop (withdraw) both charges and agree to a peace bond. This is relatively unheard of when the first offer from the prosecutor is for a conviction. However, with the effort that I put into the file, I was able to get the best possible outcome for the client. This left him without any convictions (criminal record).

  • R. v. N.H.2024

    The client was charged with domestic assault following an argument and physical altercation with his wife. The allegation was serious. At first, the prosecutor was not agreeable to resolve the matter without a conviction for the client. However, over time, I had the client complete counselling and other things which helped me to then convince the prosecutor to drop (withdraw) the criminal charge of assault, and agree to a peace bond. This is relatively unheard of when the first offer from the prosecutor is for a conviction. However, with the effort that I put into the file, I was able to get the best possible outcome for the client. This left him without a conviction (criminal record).

  • R. v. S.G.2024

    The client was charged with uttering threats and assault with a weapon. These were domestic related allegations. the client gave me instructions to enter a not guilty plea and set the matter for trial. Just prior to that, I was able to have the client's release conditions changed so that he could resume contact with and living with his partner prior to trial. I prepared for trial with the client. I appeared at the trial date, and the crown withdrew (dropped) both charges against the client. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. M.M.2024

    The client was charged with mischief under $5000.00 and assault. This was a domestic dispute and the client was alleged to have committed assault and broke the complainant's phone. I had the client complete counselling and provide documentation to assist with the outcome of this matter. I was able to convince the prosecutor to enter into a 6-month common law peace bond resolution instead of a 12-month peace bond. The client entered into the peace bond and the charges were withdrawn (dropped). This left the client with no convictions.

  • R. v. E.P.2024

    The client was charged with assault by choking. The allegation was domestic in nature. The impact a criminal record would have had on the client's employment would have been devastating. I worked hard to convince the prosecutor that the charge should be dropped altogether. That is, no peace bond, no conviction. It took a lot of negotiating and time, but in the end, I was successful in having the charge withdrawn (dropped). This left the client with no convictions and no criminal record.

  • R. v. K.D.2024

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. There was another person also charged with another offence from the same incident. I was able to have the charge against the client referred to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client had completed the requirements of the program, I appeared in court and the charge was dropped (withdrawn). The client was left with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. T.G.2024

    The client was charged with one count of harassing communications. The allegation was very serious and any conviction would have had a negative impact on the client's employment. Typically, the prosecutor would seek a stiff sentence for this type of offence, but I was able to work with the client to obtain information and documentation that would help me negotiate the best possible resolution for the client. In the end, I was able to convince the prosecutor to agree to allow the client to enter into a diversion program. The client completed the program, and the serious charge of harassment was withdrawn (dropped). This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. A.V.2024

    The client was charged with three charges of criminal harassment. After discussions with the prosecutor, an early case resolution was proposed including conditional discharge for 12 months and offered a guilty plea just to one charge of a less serious offence of harassing communications. This meant that after a period of time, because it was a discharge, it would be like the client had not been convicted.

  • R. v. A.W.2024

    The client was charged with one count of assault with a weapon. This was a domestic allegation. It was incredibly serious as the outcome would have meant serious consequences for the client's employment. I worked with the client to obtain information and documentation that would help me help the client by negotiating the best possible resolution of the client. In the end, the prosecutor agreed to outright withdraw the charge against my client, leaving them without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. D.B.2024

    The client was charged with one count of assault by choking. The allegation was serious, and it was domestic in nature. After discussing the matter with the prosecutor, the prosecutor agreed to withdraw (drop) the charge. This left the client without a record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. J.R.2024

    The client was charged with one count of assault, one court of assault by choking and one count of aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is the most serious of all of the charges of assault. It involves an allegation of wounding, maiming or disfiguring. The client instructed me to enter a not guilty plea and set the matter for trial. I reviewed the evidence with the client and prepared for trial. We had a very strong defence. Prior to trial, the prosecutor said they would not be proceeding with the charges. All charges were dropped (withdrawn) on the trial day. This was a very important win for the client who had faced employment related issues just due to being charged. A conviction would have meant jail time and further/continued employment issues. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. A.M.2024

    The client was charged with one count of sexual interference with a minor. The allegation was very serious, typically resulting in actual jail time if convicted. The client gave me instructions that they wanted to plead guilty to the charge. I was able to work with the prosecutor to have them agree to not seek a sentence of real jail for the guilty plea, but house arrest instead (conditional sentence order). The sentence allowed my client to continue their employment. The house arrest was only required for part of the sentence, then a short period of time with a curfew, and then no house arrest or curfew. The remainder was just probation conditions. There were exceptions to the house arrest and curfew which allowed the client to work, shop for the necessities of life, go to the gym, etc. The client was very pleased with the result given they were looking at jail for two years or more.

Cases in 2023

  • R. v. A.S.2023

    The client was charged with domestic assault. After receiving and reviewing the evidence (disclosure), I reached out to the prosecutor and told them what my concerns were about the file, in particular, that there didn’t appear to be any reasonable likelihood of conviction. The prosecutor agreed and withdrew the charge against the client on the first court date. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. D.C.2023

    The client was charged with two charges of assault. The allegations were serious because they involved an assault at a train station on strangers. I worked with the client to obtain some information and documentation that helped me with my negotiations with the prosecutor. I met with the prosecutor and they agreed to refer the charges to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client completed all of the requirements of the program, I appeared in court on the client's behalf and the charges were both dropped. This left my client without convictions and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. W.S.2023

    The client was charged with assault. The allegation was serious as it involved an elderly complainant. After working closely with the client I was able to negotiate a resolution whereby the client was referred to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client successfully completed the program, the charge was dropped (withdrawn), leaving the client without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. P.L.2023

    The client was charged with a serious allegation of domestic assault. I worked closely with the client to have him complete some tasks which helped me to negotiate the best possible resolution for the client - a complete withdrawal of the charge - no peace bond, no conviction, no criminal record.

  • R. v. G.S.2023

    The client was charged with a serious allegation of domestic assault. Typically these types of files do not result in an outright withdrawal of the charge without a peace bond. However, I was able to have the client complete extensive work for me to be able to negotiate the full withdrawal of the charge - no peace bond, no conviction.

  • R . v. K.T.2023

    The client was charged with assault in a domestic related matter. The allegation was witnessed by independent witnesses. However, I was able to convince the prosecutor to outright drop the charge. This left my client without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. H.T.2023

    The client was charged with multiple counts of assault with a weapon, assaulting a police officer, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The charges were serious. If the client had been convicted of the charges it would have resulted in a criminal record and issues with employment and travel. However, I was successful in having my client referred to a diversion program. Once my client completed the requirements of the program, all of the charges were withdrawn (dropped). This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. J.L.2023

    The client was charged with domestic assault with a weapon (knife). This was a very serious allegation. I had the client complete some tasks which helped me to help her. I then negotiated with the prosecution and they agreed to outright withdraw (drop) the charge. This was a very unusual outcome for the seriousness of the matter. My client was left without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. C.B.2023

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The allegation was serious. The client instructed me to set the matter for trial. Prior to trial I approached the prosecutor with what I perceived to be the issues with their case. The prosecutor took that information and reviewed it. The prosecutor then agreed to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. This meant that the charge against the client was dropped (no conviction).

  • R. v. N.S.2023

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. This was an allegation that the client had repeatedly contacted the complainant. I was able to put together an extensive argument for the prosecutor to review and consider. I determined from my review of the disclosure (evidence) and from my client's information and documentation that there was a strong defence to the charged. After reviewing my proposal, the prosecutor agreed to outright withdraw (drop) the criminal charge of harassment. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. C.D.2023

    The client was charged with assault and assault by choking in a domestic related matter. The allegation was serious as the consequences could have had a significant impact on the client's employment. I worked closely with the client to gather as much information and documentation as possible so that I could present the best possible case for resolution to the prosecutor. After much back and forth, the prosecutor agreed to drop the charges and offer my client a peace bond. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. Y.F.2023

    The client was charged with assault, two charges of uttering threats and one charge of theft under $5000.00. This was a serious matter as it involved two complainants, one of whom was injured during the incident. Initially the prosecutor was not agreeable to resolving the matter by way of a peace bond and dropping the charges. However, I had the client complete counselling and provide me with documentation, and with that the prosecutor agreed to the peace bond. The client entered into the peace bond and all charges were dropped, leaving the client without a criminal conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. S.D.2023

    The client was charged with uttering threats and assault. After receiving information and documentation from the client and having them enroll in counselling to help me negotiate with the prosecutor, I was able to convince the prosecutor to refer the client to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client completed the program requirements, I had the charges both dropped. That left the client with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. S.M.2023

    The client was charged with uttering threats, intimidation, and failure to comply with a release order. The client entered a not guilty plea and set the matter for trial. The client had these charges arise after being charged with offences against the same complainant originally and then being released. The charges the client had on their other file were all withdrawn after my negotiations with the prosecutor. The prosecutor also agreed to drop all of these charges. This left the client without a conviction or a criminal record.

Cases in 2022

  • R. v. D.B.2022

    The client was charged with uttering threats. The client provided me with the information and documentation that I asked them for, and enrolled in counselling. With that, I was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges if my client entered into a common law peace bond. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. R.R.2022

    The client was charged with domestic assault based on an incident that caused the complainant a serious injury. Despite that, I was able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charge if my client entered into a peace bond. The client entered into the peace bond, and the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. R.H.2022

    The client was charged with two counts of domestic assault. The client completed counselling and anger management courses which helped me negotiate with the prosecutor the best possible outcome. With proof of the client’s counselling and anger management course completion, I was able to persuade the crown prosecutor to agree to resolve the matter through a 12-month peace bond. The client entered into the peace bond, and the charge was withdrawn, saving the client from a criminal record.

  • R. v. S.K.2022

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon, simple assault, criminal intimidation, and uttering threats. These charges were based on allegations of domestic violence. Though the charges were very serious, I was able to the crown prosecutor agreed to drop all of the charges if my client entered into a 6-month peace bond. The peace bond was entered into and the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. S.B.2022

    The client was charged with assaulting and choking  their adult stepchild. The allegations were serious because the victim was injured. I looked at the file and determined that there was likely a self-defence argument that I could make. The client had no prior criminal history, and completed counselling on my direction. At first, the crown prosecutor refused my request to refer the matter to a diversion program, but after lengthy discussions, I was able to convince the crown prosecutor to refer the matter to the Alternative Measures Program. The client successfully completed the Alternative Measures Program and the charges were withdrawn, leaving the client with no criminal record.

  • R. v. M.M.2022

    The client was charged with assault by choking. The client pled not guilty and the matter was set for trial. I explained to the crown prosecutor why I thought there was no “reasonable likelihood of conviction", and the crown prosecutor ultimately agreed to withdraw (drop) the charge prior to trial.

  • R. v. K.E.2022

    The client was charged with one count of break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, one count of theft under $5000.00, and two counts of assault. The victims were the client's ex-spouse and child. The client decided to plead guilty. The client had a related criminal record. I was able to get the crown prosecutor to withdraw the break and enter with intent and theft charges and join me in recommending a 12-month probation sentence. The judge accepted this position, meaning the client did not have to go to jail.

  • R. v. B.P. 2022

    The client was charged with not following an Emergency Protection Order and several charges of breaching a probation order. Unfortunately the client struggled with an alcohol addiction. I was able to provide him with some supportive referrals. With confirmation from the client that he accessed those referrals, I was able to speak to the prosecutor and convince them to refer my client to the Mental Health Diversion program, which was unusual for them to agree to given the type of file we were dealing with. Once the client was enrolled he completed the requirements of the program, and I had all of the charges against him dropped.

  • R. v. S.D.2022

    The client was charged with domestic assault. This was a matter where the complainant elected to come forward with the assistance of their own independent lawyer to confirm that the matter was not criminal, but was the result of a misunderstanding. I was able to review that information and correspond with the crown prosecutor and counsel for the complainant, and the charge was dropped. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R .v. J.S. 2022

    The client was charged with assault. Because of my client's immigration status, there could have been serious consequences for them if they were found guilty of the assault. I had the client complete some tasks for me that helped me to convince the crown prosecutor to refer the case to the Alternative Measures Program. Once the client had completed the program requirements I appeared in court for them and the charge was dropped, leaving my client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. T.B. 2022

    The client was charged with uttering threats, fraudulently obtaining food (dine and dash) and not showing up for court. The client was really struggling with personal issues, including substance abuse, at the time. I was able to have the client complete some tasks for me that helped me convince the crown prosecutor to refer all of the charges to the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed the AMP program requirements and all of the charges were withdrawn.

  • R. v. M.M. 2022

    The client was charged with assault, assaulting a police officer and intimidation. Because the client had a past history involving alcohol and criminal charges, and because this allegation involved alcohol, it took a lot of convincing to have the crown prosecutor agree to refer the case to the Alternative Measures Program. Once they did agree to the referral, the client completed the program requirements and the charges were all withdrawn, leaving my client without a criminal record and without any convictions.

  • R. v. D.M. 2022

    The client was charged with assault. The matter involved a domestic situation and the allegation was very low level. I had the client complete some things for me that helped me to negotiate the best possible resolution for the client. The crown prosecutor listened to my proposal and agreed that with all the client had done, and given the nature of the allegations, they would drop the charge. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. J.S. 2022

    The client was facing a domestic assault charge. The crown prosecutor decided not to proceed with the charge and it was dropped. This left my client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. T.I2022

    The client was charged with assaulting and threatening to cause death or bodily harm to his teenage daughter. I reviewed the evidence in detail and was able to establish that the allegation that the complainant made had no merit. I further pointed out that the client's rights had been violated when the police entered his home without a warrant. In the end, the crown prosecutor agreed that the charges should all be dropped. This left my client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. M.N. 2022

    The client was charged with assault and criminal intimidation for an incident involving his wife and child. I reviewed the file in detail and determined that there was no evidence upon which the crown prosecutor could prove the allegations. The crown prosecutor agreed with my review and dropped all the charges against the client. My client was left with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. A.T.2022

    The client was charged with assault in the context of a bar fight. I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the client enter into the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed all of the requirements for the alternative measures program and the charge was withdrawn. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. G.E.2022

    The client was charged with assault. I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the client enter into the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed all of the requirements for the alternative measures program and the charge was withdrawn. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. G.M.2022

    The client was charged with assault. I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the client enter into the Alternative Measures Program. The client completed all of the requirements for the alternative measures program and the charge was withdrawn. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. D.P.2022

    The client was charged with assaulting a peace officer. After reviewing the body worn camera footage of the officer that was given to me in disclosure, it was very clear that that client was assaulted by the police officer and not the other way around. I meet with the prosecutor and showed them where in the video it was clear my client was the victim. They agreed, and the charge was dropped. This left the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. G.W.2022

    The client was charged with assault involving a road rage incident. It was clear that there were extenuating circumstances and really two sides to the story. I approached the crown prosecutor to discuss my findings with them and they agreed to drop the charges. that left the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. R.A.2022

    The client was charged with assaulting a peace officer. After reviewing the body worn camera footage that was in disclosure, it was very clear that the client was assaulted by the police officer and not the other way around. I met with the prosecutor to show them where in the disclosure it was clear that my client had not assaulted the officer and that in fact my client had been assaulted. The prosecutor agreed and withdrew (dropped) the charge against my client. This left my client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. D.B2022

    The client was charged with uttering threats and it was a domestic related allegation. I worked tirelessly with the client to get everything in order to show the prosecutor that the charges against the client should be dropped. The prosecutor agreed, and the charge of uttering threats was withdrawn.

  • R. v. C.B.2022

    The client was charged with assault against a former domestic partner. I was able to have the crown prosecutor agree to drop the charge if the client agreed to a peace bond. The client was very happy with the resolution and the charge was dropped, leaving the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. C.S.2022

    The client was charged with public mischief, criminal harassment and mischief. I was able to convince the prosecutor on the first court appearance to drop all charges. That left the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. J.M.2022

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm. Initially the client had another lawyer working on the file, but the file was transferred to me. When it was transferred to me I got the prosecutor to agree to change their election from the serious indictment to the less serious summary election. The crown prosecutor also agreed to a conditional discharge for the client, so after three years it is like there was no finding of guilt.

Cases in 2021

  • R. v. J.S.2021

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm (domestic). The allegation was very serious and would have resulted in issues for the client's employment and travel if convicted. I worked with the client to then be able to have the charge completely dropped. This left the client with no conviction and no criminal record.

  • R. v. A.R.2021

    The client was charged with two counts of assault and a breach of a release (bail) condition. I was able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a conditional discharge, the best possible sentence for such a serious charge.

  • R. v. J.G.2021

    The client  was charged with assault. The client was very concerned about the charge and the impact it would have on employment. After charging the client, the police officer working on the file agreed to take back the charging document because he determined that the CCTV footage showed that the client was not guilty. The matter was completed prior to being in court.

  • R. v. K.D.2021

    The client was charged with forcible entry into a residence and assault.  It was clear from my thorough review of disclosure that there was no case against my client - that is, the prosecutor could not prove the offences against the client. The prosecutor agreed, and the charges against my client were both dropped (withdrawn), leaving the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. M.S.2021

    The client was charged with two counts of assault (domestic). I worked to negotiate with the prosecutor for a dropping of all charges. That left the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. A.A.2021

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon, uttering threats and assault. The allegations were domestic in nature. They were very serious and a conviction would have had implications for the client's immigration status. I worked with the client to have them enroll in programs that would help me to help him. I received the disclosure and determined that there were issues with the crown's ability to prove the charges. I approached the prosecutor with both the information that the client had provided me with, along with my assessment of the case, and the crown agreed to outright withdraw all charges - assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

  • R. v. M.L.2021

    The client was charged with domestic assault. The allegation was very serious and would have resulted in issues for the client's employment. I worked with the client to get all of the information and documentation I needed to approach the crown with a resolution proposal. After reviewing the disclosure and discussing the matter with the crown, the charge was withdrawn. This left the client without a conviction and without a criminal record.  2021 R. v. M.L. Assaults, Threats, and Harassment The client was charged with domestic assault. The allegation was very serious and would have resulted in issues for the client's employment. I worked with the client to get all of the information and documentation I needed to approach the crown with a resolution proposal. After reviewing the disclosure and discussing the matter with the crown, the charge was withdrawn. This left the client without a conviction and without a criminal record.

  • R. v. N.T.2021

    The client was charged with sending harassing communications. I negotiated a plea deal with the crown so that the charge was dropped (withdrawn) and the client entered into a peace bond. This left the client without a criminal record and without a conviction.

  • R. v. T.P.2021

    The client  was charged with causing a disturbance in relation to  neighbours. I was able to negotiate a complete withdrawal of the charge against the client. No conviction/no criminal record.

  • R. v. J.B.2021

    The client was charged with a domestic assault. I negotiated a resolution for the client for a withdrawal (dropping) of the charge with the acceptance of a peace bond for only six months. The criminal charged was dropped, leaving the client with no criminal record and no conviction.

  • R. v. W.N.2021

    The client was charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. The client plead not guilty and a trial date was set. I then began negotiations with the crown to try to resolve the matter for a simple assault charge. The original charges were very serious as they involved a gang type attack with weapons on the victim. I managed to secure a resolution for the client that was for a plea to simple assault for a sentence of probation. The client therefore avoided jail, which they could have been facing if they had gone to trial and were convicted.

  • R. v. A.S.2021

    The client was charged with a domestic assault. I assisted the client to obtain counselling. I was able to negotiated a deal for the client where the charge was withdrawn.

  • R. v. L.V.2021

    The client was charged with an assault. This assault occurred inside a bar but the client was trying to protect himself after being assaulted by police officers (self-defence). After reviewing the body worn camera footage it was very apparent the client had not assaulted the officer, but that the officer had assaulted him. I was able to convince the crown to outright drop the charge of assault.

  • R. v. L.S.2021

    The client was charged with uttering threats and two counts of assault causing bodily harm. The allegation was that the client had been intoxicated, and assaulted two individuals outside of a bar. The injuries were serious with each complainant being transported to the hospital. I was able to gather information and documentation from the client that allowed me to put together a proposal for the prosecutor to consider a conditional discharge. The prosecutor agreed to the resolution on the basis of all of the information I had provided. This was an unusual resolution for such serious charges, but I worked hard to help the client achieve the desired outcome of a discharge.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Cases in 2018

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.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. 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. 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. 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.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  • R. v. M.S.2017

    The client was charged with theft under $5000. The file was referred to the alternative measures program, and was withdrawn after successful completion of the requirements. The client avoided a criminal record and the potential consequences that come with it.

  • R. v. S.A.2017

    The client was charged with theft under $5000. The client's matter was referred to a diversion program, and after successful completion, the charge against the client was withdrawn. No record. No conviction.

  • R. v. L.S.2017

    The client was charged with the indictable offence of theft over $5000. Ms. Karpa was able to convince the crown to lay a new information with separate theft under $5000 counts, so that they would be summary offences, thereby allowing a conditional sentence outcome. The client had to pay full restitution and received a conditional sentence order of 18 months, followed by 12 months'’ probation. Normally, this kind of offence would garner a lengthy jail sentence as an outcome. Ms. Karpa was able to negotiate a resolution where the client avoided jail.

  • R. v. R.C.2017

    The client was charged with theft under $5000. The matter was referred to the alternative measures program, and upon completion of the requirements, the charge was successfully withdrawn.

Cases in 2016

  • 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. 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.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. 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.

Cases in 2015

  • 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. 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. C.W.2015

    The client was charged with two counts of robbery, one count of break and enter, and one count of uttering threats. Ms. Karpa had the charges reduced to two counts of theft under $5000.00 and uttering threats for 1 year probation.

Cases in 2014

  • R. v. R.S.2014

    The client was charged with several firearms and assault/threats criminal offences in relation to a serious domestic assault allegation. Ms. Karpa used her experience with firearms related offences and had the Crown agree to withdraw all major firearms related charges and reduced the charge to carless storage and simple assault for probation.

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. C.H.2013

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 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.

Cases in

  • R. v. A.O.

    The client was charged with a serious domestic violence assault. Despite how serious the charge was, I was able to have the prosecutor agree to drop the charge if the client agreed to a peace bond. The client was very happy with the resolution and the charge was dropped. No criminal record and no conviction.