Property Offences

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Property Offences 2020-05-15T20:16:56+00:00

Disclaimer: All results of cases handled by the lawyer/firm are not provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients or others with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.


Property Offences

Charges Stayed, Withdrawn, or Acquitted

Case Number: 65690248

Our client was charged after she smashed her neighbors’ window late one evening. When police arrived, they saw a trail of blood leading to our client’s front door and when they spoke with her, they noticed cuts all over her hand. Our client admitted that she had smashed the window and was immediately arrested.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and instructed our client to attain counselling and compensate her neighbor for the window damage. With proof that she had taken these steps, we were able to persuade the Crown Prosecutor that the incident was out of character for our client and that a criminal record would have a serious negative impact on her ability to gain meaningful employment upon completion of her schooling. As a result of our negotiations, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge and our client avoided a criminal conviction.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680192

Our client had a dispute with her bank after her account was closed for unpaid fees. When she learned it would not be reopened until fees were paid, she stormed out, slamming the bank door, causing significant damage. Our client recently started a new job after a significant period of unemployment and wanted to ensure she did not receive a criminal record.

Upon being retained, we began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor in order to resolve the matter informally. Our client was sent to Alternative Measures but due to her new employment, she was unable to complete all the requirements. After an extension was rejected, we spoke directly with the Calgary Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor and secured an arrangement that allowed her to make a charitable donation in return for a withdrawal of her charges.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790001

Our client was pulled over driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate in 2010. At the time of arrest, she was at the peak of drug addiction. Following this incident, she entered rehab in another province and became sober for over eight years. She was completely unaware of the ongoing charge or the failure to appears that had arisen since leaving the province. When she applied for a pardon for old charges in 2019, she learned of her active charges and contacted our office for assistance.

Upon being retained, we learned more about the steps that our client had taken since 2010 and the positive impacts she was making on her community. We raised these with the Crown Prosecutor and discussed why prosecuting these charges is not in the public interest. The Crown agreed and immediately withdrew the old charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 77790003

Over the course of two days, our client deposited four cheques from one account in her name to another and promptly withdrew the funds. When the bank realized that the account that the cheques came from had insufficient funds, they contacted police. Our client was arrested on four counts of unlawfully obtaining money not exceeding $5,000.00.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and reviewed the case against our client. We provided these to the Crown Prosecutor and expressed her remorse and willingness to pay the money back. As a result of these discussions, the charges were withdrawn and our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 75790055

Our client and his friend were accused of trading fake gold rings for cash at gas stations while pretending to have lost their wallets. After a trucker refused the offer and called police, the two were arrested by police and charged with fraud. Both were in Canada as refugees and a criminal conviction would create serious immigration consequences.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure reviewed the case against our client. We pointed out several issues with the investigation to the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, the charges against our client were stayed.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55582516

Our client worked at a construction company that stripped metals from old buildings. Over the course of several months, copper wiring started to disappear without explanation and our client’s employer accused him of stealing it and selling it himself. Following a police investigation, our client was arrested and charged with theft and trafficking of nearly $70,000 worth of copper wiring. He was also fired from his job and sewed in civil court by his former employer. If convicted, he faced a lengthy prison sentence due to his position of trust, and a likely condition requiring him to repay all $70,000.

Upon being retained, we worked together with our client’s civil lawyers to fight the allegations on both fronts. We did significant analysis of the case against our client and pointed out to the Crown Prosecutor that much of the evidence was circumstantial and our client had credible explanations to address the accusations against him. We began resolution discussions with the Crown and as a result, all charges were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 3260042

Our client got into an altercation with his girlfriend in their home. The Police were dispatched to the scene and found a number of broken items on the floor, and our client in his home. His girlfriend told the police that he was intoxicated, and they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the garage. The police checked their system to see if our client had any outstanding warrants, and noticed that he was on probation and had been ordered not consume any alcohol.

The police then arrested our client for breaching a condition of his probation. Upon retaining us, we immediately ordered disclosure and began canvassing possible resolutions with the Crown Prosecutor. During these discussions we were able to point out several weaknesses against our client that ultimately led to his charges being withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 2350089

Our client was arrested and charged after he was allegedly found inside the complainant’s house with a wrench, and holding some of her property. It is alleged that our client came home with her children and found our client, who was unknown to her, coming down her stairs. She pressed the button on her home security system, and the police attended the scene shortly thereafter.  The complainant described our client to the police, and video footage from a neighboring property caught images of him entering and leaving the complainant’s home.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. Prior to trial, we began negotiation discussions with the Crown and were able to point out detrimental weaknesses in their ability to prove the identity of the offender. In response, the Crown withdrew all charges against our client prior to trial, and our client received no criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 23500891

Our client was facing a number of serious criminal charges after it was alleged that he had broken into a home and had stolen a number of items. Upon being retained we immediately sought disclosure, including a fingerprint analysis. We determined that the identification of our client as the accused could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We negotiated with the Crown and they withdrew all of the charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn

Case Number: 53662253

Our client was charged with breaking and entering and mischief after he broke into his ex-wife’s home. He had attended the property to take items that he felt he were his. He broke a window in the downstairs of the home, and then entered the house through an unlocked door. Once inside, he was seen by his daughter. Knowing that her father was not supposed to be in the residence, she called her mother who then called the police. The Crime Scenes Unit was quickly dispatched to the residence, and our client was arrested shortly thereafter.

Due to the domestic and very serious nature of the offence, the Crown prosecutor’s starting position was 60 days in jail following a conviction. Notwithstanding the Crown’s hard stance and the aggravating nature of the charges, we spent the better part of a day in Court discussing the case and negotiating with the Crown. Owing to our efforts, we were able to convince the Crown to divert charges that would have almost certainly resulted in a conviction had they proceeded to trial. As a result, our client was placed in the Alternative Measures Program (AMP) and the charges against him were withdrawn once he finished AMP.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures Program, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 3260042

Our client got into an altercation with his girlfriend in their home. The Police were dispatched to the scene and found a number of broken items on the floor, and our client in his home. His girlfriend told the police that he was intoxicated, and they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the garage. The police checked their system to see if our client had any outstanding warrants, and noticed that he was on probation and had been ordered not consume any alcohol.

The police then arrested our client for breaching a condition of his probation. Upon retaining us, we immediately ordered disclosure and began canvassing possible resolutions with the Crown Prosecutor. During these discussions we were able to point out several weaknesses against our client that ultimately led to his charges being withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 741774

Our client was employed as a Cashier at a restaurant in Calgary and was arrested for Theft Under $5000.00 after the manager at her place of employment found that one of the daily deposits were short $160.00. The manager then reviewed the CCTV footage in the store, which revealed our client taking cash out of the register and putting it in her sock. Shortly thereafter, it was discovered that for some time our client had been taking orders, cancelling them on the register, and pocketing the money. After reviewing all CCTV footage and the financial records of the restaurant, it was found that our client had stolen almost $1000.00 from her place of work.

Upon being retained we ordered disclosure and immediately directed our client to enter counselling, to draft a letter of apology, and ensured that she paid restitution to her former employer. Notwithstanding the strength of the evidence against her and aggravating factors like the fact that she had taken advantage of a position of trust when committing the offence, we were still able to persuade the Crown Prosecutor to divert her charges. On the basis of our advocacy our client was accepted into the Alternative Measures Program and once completed, all charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Outcome: Alternative Measures Program, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 762001

Our client was charged with Theft Under when she walked out of a local grocery store with a number of items in her cart without paying. Our client was observed by two loss prevention officers taking items from the shelves and putting them in her cart. Once in her cart, she concealed the items with grocery bags. She was also seen taking an item from a shelf and placing it in her purse. The loss prevention officers then witnessed her leave the store without making any attempt to pay. The entire event was also captured on CCTV. Once outside the store, the loss prevention officers stopped her and noticed that she had placed an old receipt from the same store on top of the items. When asked about the goods and the receipt, she told the officers that she had simply forgotten to pay, and that she was organizing her receipts.

Once retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure to identify any weaknesses in the Crown Prosecutor’s case against our client. We subsequently learned that our client was suffering from postpartum depression, and was receiving counselling to address that issue. We asked our client to provide us with documentation of her medical condition, as well as proof of the counselling she had done. We also instructed her to compose a letter of apology to submit to the grocery store. Once we had gathered all exculpatory evidence for our client, we began resolution discussions with the Crown. Within a few weeks, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 22601571

Our client was charged with Theft Under $5000 after it was alleged that she had stolen money from her employer.
Once we were retained we sought disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We got our client into the Alternative Measures Program, and the charge was withdrawn upon completion of the program. As a result, our client does not have a criminal record and she was able to continue working abroad teaching English.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 22601281

Our client was charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling house after it was alleged that he was heavily intoxicated and entered another person’s home without permission, frightening the homeowner who was watching TV in the living room.

Upon being retained we immediately requested disclosure. We were able to get our client into the Alternative Measures Program, and his charge was withdrawn once he completed the program.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Calgary Provincial Court
Case Number: 22601281

Our client was charged with unlawfully being in a dwelling house after it was alleged that he was heavily intoxicated and entered another person’s home without permission, frightening the homeowner who was watching TV in the living room.

Upon being retained we immediately requested disclosure. We were able to get our client into the Alternative Measures Program, and his charge was withdrawn once he completed the program.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 541687

Our client was charged with 11 counts of mischief and 2 counts of possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes after he and some of his friends drove around a suburban neighborhood damaging multiple cars. Witnesses reported seeing an SUV with several teenagers as occupants driving around in the early morning, striking vehicles with what looked like a baton and slashing tires with a knife. The fenders of cars were broken, and the windows and mirrors of several vehicles were completely smashed in. Some of the witnesses recognized the teenagers, and called the police. Our client was identified as a suspect in the crimes, and was arrested and charged for the alleged offences alongside another co-accused.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and did a detailed review of our client’s voluminous disclosure. After identifying all weaknesses and inconsistencies in the evidence against our client, we began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. Despite the fact there were multiple statements given to the police that implicated our client in the crimes, we were able to effectively persuade the Crown to withdraw all charges against our client prior to trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65670004

Our client was charged with mischief after damaging a glass window within his neighbour’s door. Our client had been drinking at his neighbour’s place when he was asked to leave because he was too intoxicated. As his neighbour was closing the door behind him, our client struck the glass insert within the door with his arm, causing some damage.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. Our client’s main priority was to avoid a criminal record. We advised our client to enroll in alcohol counseling. We also provided proof that our client repaid the landlord for the damage caused. Ultimately, we convinced the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680106

Our client was charged with signing a document in his wife’s name and using a forged document after he forged his estranged wife’s name on an insurance company proof of loss form. Our client’s wife reported him after discovering that a claim had been made under her name when she applied to get new vehicle insurance for herself. Our client admitted that he forged his wife’s signature.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to secure a resolution where our client repaid his debt to society through a charitable donation and the Crown Prosecutor withdrew the charges against our client. As a result, our client was able to avoid getting a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 44470290

Our client was charged with theft over $5000 and fraud over $5000 after his corporation held a deposit from a contractor. The deposit had been paid to the contractor by two individuals for a renovation project. It was alleged that our client used some of the deposit money for personal reasons.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We assisted our client in obtaining proof of where the deposit money had gone. We used this information in our negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor, and we were ultimately able to persuade the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against our client. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 22280218

Our client was given a Trespass to Property violation ticket under the Trespass to Premises Act after he allegedly refused to leave a police station. Our client had attended the police station to provide a written statement related to a hit-and-run complaint he had made. When our client realized he forgot to mention some details in his statement, he asked to provide an update to his statement, and was told to leave. When our client refused to leave until he could provide his update, he was arrested.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure. The Crown Prosecutor who reviewed our client’s file opted to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 25280075

Our client received a Calgary Municipal Bylaw ticket for applying graffiti after a witness called the police to report two males. The police observed our client and his friend, who matched the description provided by the witness. Our client admitted being responsible for some of the graffiti and received a $5000 violation ticket.

Upon being retained, we requested our client’s disclosure multiple times. When we did not receive the missing information that we required, we filed a Charter Notice alleging that our client’s right to make full answer and defence was significantly affected by the lack of disclosure. As a result, the Prosecutor withdrew the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 25670037

Our client was charged with failing to comply with release conditions and mischief to property after he was observed removing electronic security devices from a retail store. The loss prevention officer called the police, who arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We pointed out flaws in the case against our client and explained our client’s circumstances, Ultimately, we convinced the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against our client.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Charges Diverted

Case Number: 68680213

Our client had a mental health episode after losing his job and wandered into the home of the complainant uninvited. He left after a long conversation with the homeowner but returned 6 weeks later when he was arrested by police. Despite being diagnosed with schizophrenia two decades prior, he had no previous criminal record or history of similar issues.

Upon being retained, we worked closely with our client’s social worker and psychiatrist in order to provide the context behind the incident to the Crown Prosecutor. We met with the Crown and informed them of our client’s background and his intention to continue receiving mental health assistance. We were successful in having our client enter Mental Health Diversion which ensured he received the help he needed without the burden of a criminal record.

Successful Result: Mental Health Diversion; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 9793802

Our client was arrested for theft when Loss Prevention Officers observed her first leave a store with unpaid merchandise without attempting to pay, then come back inside the store and purchase an item, then return a third time and leave the store a final time with unpaid merchandise that she had not attempted to pay for. The officers approached our client outside and inquired about her purchases. When she showed them the receipt for the second item that she purchased, they let her go. Later, they reviewed camera footage from inside the store and confirmed that she had left the store twice during that time with unpaid merchandise. They contacted police and she was later arrested for the theft.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We then entered resolution discussions and were able to successfully persuade the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the issue through the Alternative Measures Program. As a result, the charge was withdrawn and our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65690259

Our client was arrested following three incidents in which he was observed leaving a store with several items without attempting to pay. When the company’s Loss Prevention Officer approached our client, he apologized and stated that his wife needed him home immediately and that he forgot to pay. He immediately went into the store and paid for the items. The other incidents were observed on camera after the fact. Our client was later arrested at the store when he was once again observed attempting to leave with items that he had not paid for.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We learned that he was retired from a profession which caused him post-traumatic stress disorder and that he had mental health issues since retirement which he was taking medication to treat. We brought this to the Crown Prosecutor and began resolution discussions. As a result, the Crown agreed to resolve the issue through the Alternative Measures Program where our client completed community service and the charges were subsequently withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 1160128

Our client was charged with Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling House after he had broken into the home of a complainant who was unknown to him. The complainant was sleeping in her home, and when she woke, she found our client sitting on her couch. The complainant instantly called the police to report that an unknown male had entered her home. Upon arriving, the police found our client inside the complainant’s home, and found him to be in a highly intoxicated state.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. We identified weaknesses in the case against our client and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. Despite the fact that our client was charged with an indictable offence, we were able to successfully advocate for his placement in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon his successful completion of the program the charges against him were withdrawn.

Successful Outcome: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 4262156

Our client was charged with one count of Fraud Under $5000.00. He entered a retail establishment, selected items from the sales floor, presented a receipt that was not for those goods, and claimed that he had previously purchased them. He was able to leave the store with the items.

Loss prevention noticed the theft, identified our client, and contacted the police. Our client was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of Fraud Under. Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program, and upon his successful completion of the program his charges were withdrawn.

Successful Outcome: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 751919

Our client was charged with mischief over $5000 and uttering threats when he deliberately ran into the complainant’s vehicle. The incident occurred after our client saw the complainant walking in a parking lot with his daughter. After seeing the two of them together, our client ran into the side of the complainant’s car, causing approximately $10,000.00 in damages. After hitting the complainant’s vehicle, our client then threatened the complainant by telling him that if he caught the complainant with his daughter again, it would be the complainant that he would strike, instead of his car.

As soon as we were retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure, and  instructed our client to enroll in anger management counselling and ensure that restitution was paid to the complainant. Despite the seriousness of the charges, we were able to leverage our client’s post charge actions and the weaknesses we found in the Crown’s case to successfully resolve the matter by diverting our client into the Alternative Measures Program. As a result, once our client completed the program the charges against him were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 762059

Our client was arrested for theft and fraud after a complainant left his credit card in a pin pad at a store. After the complainant left his card in the pin pad, our client was captured on CCTV entering the store, taking the card, and purchasing items from the store using that card. The card was subsequently used a number of times at other stores. The complainant called the police to report that his card had been stolen and used, and the police subsequently identified our client as a suspect in the crime. The police went to our client’s house where they found our client in possession of the complainant’s card, as well as a number of other credit cards. Upon being questioned by the police, our client admitted that he had taken and used the card.

After being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. We also obtained strong character references for our client and proof of volunteering he had done in the community. We forwarded this information to the Crown and began resolution discussions. On the basis of our advocacy we were able to successfully advocate for our client’s placement in the Alternative Measures Program. Once he had successfully completed the program, all criminal charges against him were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 35370134

Our client was charged with one count of fraud Under $5000. He entered a retail establishment, selected items, and using a fake name, charged the total to an account belonging to a company he had previously been contracting for. The company’s owner later recognized our client on the establishment’s CCTV footage and called the police. Our client was subsequently arrested and charged.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program, and upon his successful completion of the program, his charges were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680170

Our client was charged with two counts of possession of stolen property and given a violation ticket for operating an unregistered vehicle. Our client was approached by the police after a call about a suspicious person driving through alleyways. The police determined that both the vehicle and a utility trailer were not registered in our client’s name. Our client was arrested for possession of stolen property.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, his charges were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 25280112

Our client was charged with theft under $5000 after a complaint by her employer that our client had been stealing merchandise during her shifts. The police observed CCTV footage of our client stealing merchandise on multiple occasions. The police then arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon her successful completion of the program, her charge was withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 45470306

Our client was arrested for 11 acts of fraud under $5000 after an internal investigation conducted by his employer. The loss prevention officers identified 11 fraudulent cash register transactions using CCTV footage. Our client’s employer reported him to the police, who charged our client with 11 counts of fraud under $5000.

Once we were retained, we had a meeting with our client where we discussed his personal circumstances. We learned that our client had been suffering from some mental health issues. We obtained proof through medical documentation and we took this information to the Crown Prosecutor. The Crown Prosecutor was initially seeking a Conditional Sentence Order with house arrest. We were successful in advocating for our client’s placement in the Mental Health Diversion Program. Upon our client’s successful completion of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Mental Health Diversion, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 35570146

Our client was charged with possession of proceeds of crime under $5000 and money laundering after she e-transferred funds from a customer into her personal bank account while fixing the customer’s computer.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon her successful completion of the program, her charges were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 25280062

Our client was charged with theft under $5000 after a loss prevention officer observed her leaving a grocery store with unpaid merchandise. The loss prevention officer arrested our client and called the police, who attended the scene and charged our client with theft under $5000.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon her successful completion of the program, her charge was withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55382424

Our client was charged with theft under $5000 after a loss prevention officer observed him and his wife leaving the grocery store with unpaid merchandise. The police arrived and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, his charge was withdrawn.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680111

Our client was charged with theft under $5000 after he was observed by a loss prevention officer leaving a grocery store with some unpaid merchandise. Our client was apprehended by the loss prevention officer and subsequently arrested by the police for theft under $5000.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. Our client’s main goal was to avoid a criminal record. We were able to place our client in the Alternative Measures Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, the charge against our client was withdrawn and he avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures, Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Charges Discharged

Case Number: 2250077

Our client was charged with Breaking and Entering, Theft, and Mischief when he entered his old place of work and was caught on CCTV stealing food and liquor. His former employers also reported that when he broke in, he had also stolen several cheques. After the charges were laid, our client failed to appear for one of his scheduled court dates, giving rise to a charge for a Failure to Appear.

Upon being retained we reviewed disclosure, identified our ideal resolution for our client’s matter, and ordered a presentence report which strongly supported our resolution position. We then began extensive resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor where were able to immediately point out significant weaknesses in the case against our client. Notwithstanding the very serious nature of the offence, we were able to successfully persuade the Crown to join us in an application for a conditional discharge. As a result of our advocacy, we were able to make a successful discharge application before the court, and our client was able to avoid a criminal record.

Successful Outcome: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65670089

Our client was charged with theft under $5000 and fraud under $5000 after an investigation by a loss prevention officer revealed that she was stealing merchandise from her employer and making purchases with fraudulent gift cards. All the transactions were caught on her employer’s CCTV system.

Upon being retained, we reviewed disclosure and identified the ideal resolution for our client’s matters. In order to maximize the likelihood of success, we immediately directed our client to enroll in counseling and engage in volunteer work. We also sought out reference letters from family and friends, proof of employment, and an apology letter. We used these documents to support our submissions in favor of granting our client a conditional discharge. We were successful in our application, and as a result our client avoided a criminal conviction.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 45470310

Our client was charged with public mischief and given a traffic violation ticket for failing to leave a note after receiving a call from the police informing her that her vehicle had been involved in a hit-and-run. Our client made a fraudulent report that she had left her vehicle at a bar the previous night and that it must have been stolen. The police later learned that our client had been involved in the hit-and-run and arrested her.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and identified the ideal resolution for our client. We immediately directed our client to enroll in addiction counseling. We also obtained proof of our client’s engagement in volunteer work, a charitable donation, reference letters from family and friends, and an apology letter. We used these documents to support our in-court submissions and we successfully argued for an absolute discharge for our client. As a result, our client avoided a criminal conviction.

Successful Result: Absolute Discharge, No Criminal Record

Charges Resolved with Reduced or No Jail Time

Case Number: 22290264

Our client was approached in her vehicle by police who found her behavior suspicious. The police realized the vehicle was stolen and when they asked for her information, she initially provided a fake name and stolen identification. Further investigation revealed drugs in the vehicle and a credit card skimming machine. She was charged with 11 offences and faced significant prison time if convicted.

Upon being retained, we learned that our client’s ex-boyfriend left her the vehicle without telling her it was stolen, and she was struggling with addiction at the time of the incident. Additionally, the disclosure revealed several breaches of her Charter rights during the investigation. We raised these issues with the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, the Crown agreed to a sentence of probation with a fine instead of prison time.

Successful Result: Probation; No Jail Time

Case Number: 65670016

Our client came into possession of two stolen vehicles which he placed for sale on Kijiji. He sold the two vehicles for cash under a fake name with a false bill of sale. He was later arrested under suspicion of impaired driving and was charged with multiple offences. If convicted of all, he faced significant jail time.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and reviewed the case against our client. We pointed out multiple Charter breaches, investigative problems, and other holes in the case to the Crown Prosecutor and based on this, we came to an agreement that worked for our client which allowed him to serve his sentence on a Conditional Sentence Order.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; Conditional Sentence Order Instead of Jail

Case Number: 7621097

Our client was arrested and charged with robbery after he robbed a local bank. Our client attended the bank and went up to a teller. While the teller was speaking to our client, he passed her a folded note. The note said that he wanted several thousand dollars in cash, and that he had a gun and would shoot her if she caused a scene. The teller withdrew the cash and put it in a plastic bag with fake money and ink dye. As our client was exiting the door with the bag, the dye exploded and covered the money. Our client was found in a nearby establishment not long after the offence with wads of cash covered in ink dye. The robbery had also been captured on multiple cameras that were located in the bank.

Upon being arrested and charged with robbery, our client immediately confessed to the crime and wrote a letter of apology. Once we had been retained, we immediately reviewed all of our client’s disclosure. Due the strong evidence against him and the confession that he had already provided, we focused our efforts on reducing the severity of his sentence as much as possible. To this end, we ordered a pre-sentence report that would facilitate our sentencing submissions in court. We also entered into extensive resolution discussions with the Crown prosecutor. Owing to our efforts, we were able to enter an agreed statement of facts with the Crown that downplayed the aggravating facts of the offence as much as possible. We were also able to persuade the Crown to reduce the lengthy sentence that they intended to pursue, and they joined us in recommending a much shorter custodial sentence. As a result, our client only got 3 years in prison not withstanding the very serious nature of this offence and his prior criminal record.

Successful Outcome: No Jail Time, Probation

Case Number: 4650146

Our client was arrested for Forcible Entry and Breach of Probation shortly after being released from prison. He was initially arrested and released from prison after being taken into custody for multiple violent offences and failures to appear. When released, one of the conditions of his probation was that he did not consume any alcohol. However, after he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, he broke into her place of residence and sat on the couch drinking beer until she came home. As his girlfriend had reason to fear that our client would act violently towards her, she called the police who attended her residence and arrested our client.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure, and discussed potential courses of action with our client. As the evidence against our client was very strong, but our client’s primary goal was to avoid more time in prison, we entered an early guilty plea to increase the likelihood that he would receive a favorable outcome. Despite our client’s lengthy criminal record, on the basis of our submissions our client was able to any time spent in prison for this offence.

Successful Outcome: No Jail Time

Case Number: 762106

Our client was charged with one count of Fraud Under $5000.00 for conducting fraudulent transactions in her healthcare account. The Crown was seeking jail time in the event of conviction.

Upon being retained we immediately requested disclosure and reviewed it thoroughly with our client. As our client’s primary goal was to avoid jail time, we negotiated with the Crown to find a resolution that would ensure our client spent no time in prison.

Prior to entering an early guilty plea, we obtained a pre-sentence report that allowed us to successfully obtain a sentence of 4 months of house arrest, and a one-year conditional sentence order instead of jail.

Successful Result: House Arrest and Conditional Sentence Order

Case Number: 762226

Over the course of several months our client stole and deposited several cheques issued to her former employer into her own bank account. Once her employer noticed that some of their cheques were missing, they contacted the police who quickly found out that our client’s bank was the account into which the missing cheques were being deposited. At the time of her arrest, she had stolen over $8000.00 of funds from her former employer. Upon being arrested, she also admitted to stealing and depositing the cheques.

Due to the nature of the offence, if convicted our client was likely facing jail time. Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and started negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully advocate for a period of probation and our client was able to avoid any time spent in jail.

Successful Outcome: No Jail Time, Probation

Case Number: 562056

Our client was charged with multiple counts of Fraud and Theft over $5000.00 after he took thousands of dollars from several individuals. It was alleged that through his criminal actions he had defrauded his victims of over $100 000.00 in funds. He was able to fraudulently obtain funds from his victims by telling them that he would purchase vehicles on their behalf, then take cheques from them but would never provide  them with a vehicle. At the time our client retained us, he was already serving a sentence in prison for a number of other offences, and as such was looking at a very lengthy addition of time to his current sentence if convicted of this crime.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and examined our client’s disclosure. While there was very strong evidence of his guilt, we were able to identify significant weaknesses in the case against him. We then used these  weaknesses in negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor to successfully secure a sentence that would not any additional time to our client’s sentence.

Successful Outcome: No Additional Jail Time

Case Number: 45480345

Our client was arrested after his landlord called the police to report a firearm in the rental suite. The police located a firearm and arrested our client for possession of a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm obtained by crime. Our client was facing up to 1 year of jail.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure. We directed our client to counseling programs which are highly regarded by our courts. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and learned that they would be seeking 90 days of jail. Highlighting the progress our client had made in counseling, we made contested in-court submissions for a sentence that would allow our client to stay out of jail. We were successful in our application and our client avoided any jail time.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Jail

Case Number: 65680109

Our client was charged with breaking and entering, fraud under $5000, illegal use of a credit card, and taxi fraud after he entered an apartment and stole multiple items including a credit card. Our client made transactions at the gas station with the credit card. He used the victim’s name and phone number to order a taxi and then fled without paying after arriving at his destination. When the police arrived at his residence, they arrested our client and took him to the police station where he gave a full confession. The Crown Prosecutor was initially seeking a jail sentence.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We ordered a pre-sentence report and a Forensic Assessment Outpatient Service report. We used the information from the reports in our negotiations and convinced the Crown Prosecutor to join us in recommending a Conditional Sentence Order. We made in-court sentencing submissions and were successful in our application. As a result, our client was able to avoid jail and served his sentence in the community.

Successful Result: Conditional Sentence Order, No Jail

Case Number: 44470337

Our client was an employee at a pharmacy and was charged after the manager discovered that she had been creating false prescriptions for non-existent clients in order to improperly access drugs. After the scheme was uncovered, our client was charged with fraud and drug trafficking.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We advised the Crown of our client’s efforts to address her issues with addiction and mental health. Our client pleaded guilty and we ultimately secured a two-year conditional sentence order.

Successful Result: No Jail Time

Charges Resolved with a Peace Bond

Case Number: 66680171

Our client was charged with mischief and unlawfully being in a dwelling-house after his ex-wife called the police about a suicide attempt. Our client had pulled out a knife and stabbed himself in the chest after dropping off their two children. The police located our client and apprehended him under the Mental Health Act. Our client then attended the police station voluntarily to be arrested and interviewed.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and identified the ideal resolution position for our client. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and successfully convinced them to resolve the matters by way of a peace bond. As a result, our client’s charges were withdrawn and he avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, Peace Bond, No Criminal Record

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