The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases tagged as Threats

Cases in 2021

  • 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 Once she had done so, the charges against her were withdrawn.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 The remaining charges were withdrawn.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.