The Queen vs. The Defendant

Cases tagged as Harassment

Cases in 2022

  • 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. D.V. 2022

    The client was charged with domestic assault. I worked together with the client to provide information as to what I needed to help me to help negotiate the best possible resolution for their case. Initially the crown prosecutor did not want to agree to a peace bond for the file, but were insisting that the client have a conviction and a criminal record. Eventually, the crown prosecutor agreed with my review of the file and the client was offered a peace bond. Once the client entered into the peace bond the charge was dropped, leaving the client without a conviction.

  • 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. K.I. 2022

    The client was charged with assault with a weapon and theft under $5000.00. When I reviewed the disclosure, I realized that the crown would have trouble proving the client's identification which they need to prove to get a conviction. After some back-and-forth discussions, I convinced the crown to drop the charges. This meant no criminal record and no conviction for the client.

  • 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. C.M. 2022

    The client was charged with four charges of assault and three charges of mischief (damage to property) under $5000. Given the client's extensive history of trauma and mental health issues, as well as other factors, I was able to convince the judge to agree to a sentence of a conditional discharge. This is the best possible sentence the client could have received in the circumstances.

  • 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.

Cases in 2021

  • R. v. C.N.2021

    The client was charged with forcible confinement against an ex-spouse. The client began and completed counselling immediately after being charged. Upon discussions with the crown, I was able to negotiate a 9 month peace bond oft the client. The charge of forcible confinement was withdrawn once the client entered into the peace bond.

Cases in 2020

  • R. v. D.M.2020

    The client was charged with criminal harassment. I approached the crown with resolution that would leave the client without a conviction. The client entered into a common-law peace bond with conditions that included counselling for a period of one year and the charge was withdrawn.

  • 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. M.F.2020

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

  • R. v. 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. 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.

Cases in 2018

  • R. v. D.A.2018

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

  • R. v. G.E.2018

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

Cases in 2017

  • R. v. G.E.2017

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

  • R. v. I.W.2017

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

  • R. v. T.W.2017

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

  • R. v. G.E.2017

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

Cases in 2016

  • R. v. J.S.2016

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

  • R. v. G.F.2016

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

  • R. v. S.G.2016

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

Cases in 2015

  • R. v. A.F.2015

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

  • R. v. P.M.2015

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

  • R. v. W.M.2015

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

Cases in 2014

  • R. v. J.C.2014

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

Cases in 2013

  • 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.H.2013

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

  • R. v. 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.