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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.


Violent Offences

Charges Stayed, Withdrawn, or Acquitted

Case Number: 75780002 

During a significant mental health episode, our client delivered a letter to her former employer indicating that several of her former coworkers would die. The recipient contacted police and when officers arrived at our client’s residence, she had trouble understanding the situation and was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation. She was later charged with uttering threats.  

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and took a statement from our client. We entered discussions with the Crown Prosecutor who agreed that a criminal charge was inappropriate in the circumstances. We referred our client to counselling and the charge was withdrawn.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 55592538 

Our client’s husband had been having an ongoing affair with another woman for several years. Our client knew about the affair but felt helpless to stop it and afraid to end their 25-year marriage. One evening, the tension exploded into a physical fight between our client and the mistress when the mistress refused to leave the matrimonial home. The mistress contacted police and when officers arrived, our client was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and accumulated a significant amount of mitigating evidence including letters of support, counselling receipts, and our client’s statement regarding the circumstances of the incident. We met with the Crown Prosecutor and explained our client’s side of the story and the many reasons why this case should not be prosecuted. The Crown agreed with our submissions and as a result, the charge was withdrawn.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 25290268 

One morning, a woman came to our client’s door, knocked several times and eventually kicked the door. Our client answered the door upset and confused and when he began questioning the woman, a police officer approached the door and told him that they were there for a missing persons’ investigation. During the interaction, our client did not provide his name or answer the officer’s questions. The officer then arrested our client for impeding a missing persons investigation.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and contacted the Crown Prosecutor to discuss several problems with the investigation against our client. We argued that our client did not have a legal obligation to provide his name or any other information to the officer and that a minor inconvenience to the officer does not constitute obstruction. As a result, the Crown withdrew the charge against our client. 

Successful Result: Charge withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 29290230 

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm following an altercation with his wife which began when he noticed his belongings outside of the home by the garbage can and went into the house where they began to argue. Our client and his wife presented two conflicting versions of events which led to the injuries his wife sustained. When our client took his wife to the hospital, she told doctors, and later her boss, that the injuries were sustained when she slipped on the ice. This was consistent with our client’s statement in which he says that he attempted to drive away from the home and his wife ran out to the car and slipped on the front steps.  

At trial, we showed that the doctor who treated our client’s wife accepted that her injuries were consistent with a fall on ice. We also showed that our client’s wife consistently told this version of events until the two broke up three months after the incident and assault charges were laid. We raised the fact that the complainant testified to being so angry that she threw our client’s belongings outside of the house, that our client asked the complainant via text message to leave him alone and that the complainant was charged twice before the incident with assaulting our client. As a result of these submissions, our client was found not guilty at trial.  

Successful Result: Found Not Guilty at Trial; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55572301 

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm after an altercation at a bar which left the complainant with a concussion. At the time of the incident, our client was on probation at his new job. As a result of the criminal charge, he lost his position. If convicted, our client faced significant penal and employment consequences. 

Upon being retained, we learned that our client’s employer would be willing to reinstate him so long as he did not receive a criminal record. We ordered disclosure, helped our client enter into anger management and began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor. We informed the Crown of our client’s mitigating circumstances and the actions he was taking to address the issue. Based on this and the fact that the complainant did not wish to proceed, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 65690236 

Our client and her partner were returning from a night out when they began arguing. The argument escalated and ended when our client broke a mason jar on her partner’s head. He immediately called police and when officers arrived, they noticed that the house had been torn apart and our client’s partner required stiches. The police charged both parties with assault but upon further investigation, they withdrew charge against our client’s partner and escalated the charge against our client to assault with a weapon.  

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and familiarized ourselves with the circumstances of the incident and our client’s relationship with her partner. The pair were intent on making things work and had begun counselling shortly before the incident. We raised this with the Crown Prosecutor, along with several mitigating factors about our client. As a result, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge after our client completed counselling.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 65670015 

Our client was charged with assault with a weapon following a physical altercation with her spouse. During the fight, out client drove her car towards her spouse, nearly hitting him and eventually pinning him to the garage at their home. This incident was recorded on a neighbors’ phone who then called the police. Our client was arrested shortly thereafter.  

Upon being retained, we succeeded in helping our client make bail and amended her conditions to ensure minimal disruption to her family. We began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor and worked to quickly resolve the criminal charge as well as the resulting issues with Child & Family Services. Considering the circumstances around the incident and the wishes of the complainant, the Crown Prosecutor agreed to an extrajudicial sanction and after the completion of counselling, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55592575 

Our client was arrested following an incident in a vehicle with his girlfriend and her two children. Our client had indicated to his girlfriend that he was having suicidal thoughts and previously threatened to drive the car off the road. While in the vehicle, our client attempted to stab his girlfriend with a screwdriver, then tried to force the car off the road. When he eventually jumped out of the vehicle, his girlfriend called police, who later observed him walking on the highway with a screwdriver in hand. The officers arrested him for assault with a weapon.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We assisted our client in obtaining domestic violence counselling and provided documentation of his counselling and treatment history to the Crown Prosecutor. In addition to this, we provided the Crown with our client’s medical records, as well as a personal statement from our client detailing the incident and his mental health background as well as medical records. Based on this, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge against our client.   

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 55582521 

Our client was arrested after being pulled over for an unrelated incident. The assault and mischief occurred in a different town hours before and the perpetrator of those crimes had driven away in the same vehicle as our client. Despite our client claiming he had not been near either of those incidents, he was charged.  

Upon being retained, we reviewed disclosure and discovered a significant issue regarding identification. No eyewitnesses could accurately identify our client and the general description was vague. When we brought the matter to trial, the Crown Prosecutor realized that their likelihood of conviction was low due to the identification issue and they immediately withdrew the charge.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 762067 

Our client and his girlfriend got into a verbal altercation one night when our client accused his girlfriend of having an affair. His girlfriend eventually left and went to her vehicle. Our client followed and when his girlfriend refused to talk to him, he punched the driver’s side window, which shattered the glass and resulted in cuts to his girlfriend’s left eye. The two then went back into the house to continue arguing. Our client’s girlfriend lost consciousness at some point and awoke later with the side of her head injured and bleeding. Neighbors who heard the altercation contacted police. Our client was located by police later that evening and was quickly arrested. 

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and recommended that our client attend anger management and domestic violence counselling. We raised his attendance in a program with the Crown Prosecutor and provided them with character references and a personal statement from our client to express his remorse. As a result of these efforts, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charges and our client avoided a criminal record. 

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 75190002 

Our client was charged following an altercation with his wife after she accused him of having an affair. During the argument, our client began packing his clothes to leave the home when things became violent and he pushed his wife against a wall. His wife then contacted police and our client was arrested shortly thereafter at the home. At the time of the incident, our client was preparing to go to medical school and a criminal record would seriously hinder his career aspirations.  

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and reviewed the case against our client. We quickly learned that our client and his wife registered for counselling shortly after the incident and as a result, his wife did not want to proceed with the charges. We contacted the Crown Prosecutor to raise these circumstances and begin resolution discussions, at which time the Crown agreed to withdraw the charges in exchange for our client successfully completing counselling. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 65690234 

Our client was charged with assault after engaging in a fight at work and striking his colleague. Both parties were taxi drivers and were fighting over a previous traffic incident. As a result of the charge, our client’s license renewal was at stake which jeopardized his ability to continue working as a taxi driver.  

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and reviewed the case against our client. We did significant investigative work and found further witnesses to the event which contradicted the original findings. After sharing our theory of events with the Crown Prosecutor, the charges were stayed against on the day of trial.  

Successful Result: Charges Stayed; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 75790026 

Late one evening, our client was drinking at a pub when he became involved in a physical altercation with the bouncer. Our client was in Canada on a two-year work permit and a Criminal Record would prohibit him from successfully completing that program. 

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. We advised our client to attain counselling and provide us with character references and an apology letter to the complainant. We provided these to the Crown Prosecutor and raised several mitigating factors about our client and as a result, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge. We then successfully had our client’s fingerprint’s and photographs held by the Calgary Police Service destroyed. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 55682510 

Our client was charged with assault following an altercation with his girlfriend when she was in the process of moving out of their shared home. When our client’s girlfriend took his car keys to go outside and retrieve her cellphone from his car, he allegedly pushed her down the stairs and continued the fight to retrieve his keys, eventually pushing his girlfriend outside where she fell down the front steps. A few days after the incident, our client later became aware that a warrant was out against him and turned himself in to police, at which point he was charged with assault. 

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and began to prepare our defence. Our client’s girlfriend sent an email to us stating that she lied to police and our client did not assault her. We then received a full statement from our client which detailed his injuries from altercations with his girlfriend in the past. We presented this information to the Crown Prosecutor and began resolution discussions. As a result, our client was enrolled in domestic violence and relationships counselling and the charge against him was withdrawn.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 55592593 

Our client was arrested following an incident with his girlfriend in which they were both heavily intoxicated and arguing in a hotel room. Our client’s girlfriend stated that she attacked our client and that he had a recording of part of the incident on his cellphone to prove that was the case. However, due to witness accounts of our client’s behavior in the hotel lobby and hallways, he was arrested and charged with assault despite the statement made by his girlfriend.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We obtained a written statement from our client’s girlfriend detailing her account of the incident and raised the inconsistencies in the police investigation as well as the video evidence with the Crown Prosecutor. Based on this, the Crown quickly agreed to withdraw the charge against our client. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 62660009

Our client was charged with criminal harassment after incessantly calling his ex-girlfriend for several days following their break up, and for trying to force his way into her house when he was neither expected nor wanted there. After our client turned up at her house, our client’s ex-girlfriend called the police, and reported that our client had recently grabbed her and pushed her to the ground causing injuries to her knees.

Upon being retained, we reviewed our client’s disclosure and found a number of weaknesses and inconsistencies in the complainant’s testimony. We then sought out records of the communication between our client and his ex-girlfriend, and were able to obtain significant exculpatory evidence for our client. We were able to use this information to persuade the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against our client prior to trial, and as a result our client was able to completely avoid a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 5518551

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm after he got into an altercation with his wife while helping their daughter move. At one point, our client lost his temper and pushed his wife down the stairs. She fell and smashed her head into the tile floor. The impact of the force was so great that it created a large welt and a laceration which began to bleed significantly. EMS and the police were called to the scene, and our client was arrested.

Upon being retained we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. Due to the nature of our client’s work for a prominent company in Calgary, and due to the fact that his wife had alleged that she had suffered a long history of abuse from her husband, we had to proceed very strategically to ensure our client did not get a criminal record. We immediately directed our client to enroll in counselling to address his anger management issues and sought out very strong exculpatory evidence for our client. We used the information we had gathered to then begin negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. On the basis of our advocacy the charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 2250072

Our client was charged with assault after she got into a violent altercation with her ex-boyfriend in a common area of the apartment complex they both lived in. They encountered one and other in the common area, and began to argue about their past relationship. Our client followed her ex-boyfriend to his apartment, and tried to enter his home despite his requests that she leave. When she tried to enter his home, he blocked her. Our client then slapped him in the face and scratched him on his arm deep enough to draw blood. Her ex-boyfriend then called the police who came and arrested our client for assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately identified all weaknesses in the case against our client and assisted her with enrolling in a comprehensive anger management course. Once our client had completed counselling we continued resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were ultimately able to persuade her to stay the charges against our client, and our client was able to avoid a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 351895

Our client was arguing with his girlfriend outside of a hotel in Calgary. As the argument escalated two witnesses watched our client punch his girlfriend in the face, causing his girlfriend to fall to the ground. The police arrived and found our client who immediately admitted to striking his girlfriend in the face. His girlfriend was also found on scene, and her face showed redness and swelling where she was struck by our client. Our client was then arrested and charged with Assault.
Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed all disclosure. We also immediately directed our client to enrol in anger management counselling, and began to seek out any exculpatory evidence that would assist our case. We then brought proof of our client’s counselling as well as the evidence that we had gathered to negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor. As a result of our efforts the charges against our client were stayed.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 761988

Our client was charged with Criminal Harassment after he had sent hundreds of texts messages to a high school acquaintance, and an equally large number of messages to her over social media. The messages were not only voluminous, but were disturbing in content. The complainant had asked our client to stop sending her messages on multiple occasions, and had tried blocking our client, yet he persisted in attempting to communicate with the complainant.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown. Due to the strength of evidence against our client, the Crown initially wanted a guilty plea to the offence in order for a mitigated sentence. However, on the basis of our advocacy we were able to divert our client into the Mental Health Diversion Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 7619881

Our client was charged with Criminal Harassment after sending hundreds of unwanted texts and emails to an acquaintance. The acquaintance did nothing to provoke our client, and was also extremely disturbed by the amount and the content of the messages. She contacted the police to bring a stop to the flood of messages, and our client was arrested and charged.

Upon being retained we sought disclosure and identified any weaknesses we could find in the case against our client. We directed our client to immediately enroll in counselling and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully resolve the matter by diverting our client into the Mental Health Diversion Program. Upon his successful completion of the program the charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Airdrie Provincial Court
Case Number: 7620521

Our client was charged with assault against his ex-wife. He was also served with an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that contained several serious allegations. Once we were retained we immediately sought disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown. We found several extreme discrepancies between the allegations in the EPO and what the complainant told police. We used this to challenge the complainant’s credibility, and the assault charge was withdrawn weeks after our client’s first court appearance.

Successful Result: No Criminal Record, Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 762034

Our client was arrested and charged with Assault after it was alleged that he had violently beat his common law partner. The complainant alleged that they were drinking alcohol and got into an argument which quickly became physical. The complainant also alleged that our client struck him repeatedly with a closed fist on the head and in the face, resulting in swelling and bruising.

Upon being retained we immediately sought to vary our client’s bail conditions so that our client was able to have exclusive access to his residence and return to his home. We then directed our client to begin a comprehensive counselling program while we developped his defences and negotiated with the Crown Prosecutor. We were subsequently able to use proof of our client’s counselling and the strength of our defences to persuade the Crown to withdraw the charges against our client prior to trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 751926

Our client was charged with Domestic Assault after he had gotten into a heated argument with several members of his family. The incident began when he started arguing with his wife, who he felt was not properly caring for the children. His son intervened in the argument from fear that our client would hurt his mother. Our client and his son began to argue and wrestle, and our client struck his son in the head with a closed fist causing bruising and swelling.

Upon being retained we ordered and reviewed all disclosure. We immediately sought to have the conditions of our client’s bail varied so that he could return to his home. We then directed him to highly effective counselling services that would help him learn how to better manage his anger. We subsequently began resolution discussions with the Crown, and using our strong advocacy skills we were able to convince the Crown to withdraw the charges against our client prior to trial.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 5362243

Our client was arrested for domestic assault after his girlfriend called 911 crying and alleging that her boyfriend was pushing her around. While she was on the phone the line was disconnected and the police were dispatched to her house. Upon arriving they were told that our client had pushed the complainant against a wall, and that he put his hands around her neck. Our client’s girlfriend also told the police that she was afraid of our client because he had a shotgun in his car.

Following our client’s charge for domestic assault, we quickly brought his matter before the court to have his bail conditions varied so that he could go back home. We then began resolution discussions with the Crown prosecutor. We pointed out serious weaknesses in the case against our client, and we were able to persuade the Crown to withdraw the charges if our client completed a counseling program. Once we forwarded proof of counseling to the Crown, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55672283

Our client was charged with domestic assault after a violent altercation between himself and his son. It was alleged that while our client was driving his son home, the two got into an argument. As the argument got heated, our client pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and assaulted his son by grabbing him by the throat and by slapping him in the face. After his son arrived home, he called the police and our client was arrested for domestic assault.

Upon being retained we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure, and found that there were several weaknesses in the Crown prosecutor’s case. We proceeded to discuss the matter with the Crown, and we were able to convince them to withdraw the charges against our client upon proof that he had completed a counseling program.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 531473

Our client was arrested and charged with domestic assault after he had gotten into a heated argument with his wife that became physical. It was alleged that our client was fighting with his wife, and that in his rage he shook the complainant and began shoving her inside of their home in front of their two small children. At the time of the assault, the complainant was also 7 months pregnant.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and found some weaknesses in the case against our client. While the evidence against our client was very strong, and while the circumstances of his offence were very aggravating, we were still able to persuade the Crown to withdraw the charges once our client completed counseling. Upon providing proof of our client’s counseling, the charges against him were dropped.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 741737

Our client was charged with Domestic assault and Mischief after he got into a heated altercation with his girlfriend. He had chased her as she ran from the house, and when he caught up with her he took her phone and stepped on it. He then grabbed her, pushed her, and kneed her in the stomach. His girlfriend at the time was 15 weeks pregnant, and the entire incident was witnessed by their neighbour. The witness called the police who then attended the scene and arrested our client.

Upon being retained we ordered disclosure and began looking for weaknesses in the case against our client. We also assisted our client with identifying and enrolling in counselling programs that would help him manage his anger, and sought out strong reference letters from his employer and acquaintances. We forwarded this information to the Crown Prosecutor and began resolution discussions with the Crown where we pointed out the strength of our anticipated defences. As a result of our efforts, the charges against our client were stayed.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 762085

Over the course of two days it is alleged that our client was involved in multiple, heated confrontations with his partner. One night, it is alleged that our client threatened to murder his partner, and hang her body outside. In the middle of one of their confrontations, it is also alleged that struck his child in the face, knocking his child to the ground.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. We advised our client to immediately pursue counseling, and obtained glowing character references for our client. We used these materials and the anticipated strength of our defence to effectively persuade the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charges against our client prior to trial.

Successful Outcome: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55572277

Our client was charged with two counts of domestic assault after getting into a serious altercation with his spouse. On the date of the offence, the couple began to fight and our client was told to leave the house. Before leaving, the fight escalated to the point that our client struck his spouse once in the jaw, and once in the nose, causing bruising, swelling and bleeding. After being struck, his wife managed to escape from the house and fled to a neighbour’s home where she called the police. Upon arriving, the police arrested our client and found that he had recently been released for committing a previous domestic assault. After the police discovered this, our client was further charged for breaching the terms of his release.

Upon being retained we immediately learned that our client had a lengthy criminal record, and that he would likely be facing a very serious penalty in the event of conviction. We did a detailed review of our client’s disclosure, and were able to find a detrimental weakness in the case against our client. We used this information in subsequent negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor to persuade them to stay all charges against our client prior to trial.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 731528

Our client was charged with two counts of uttering threats after he called his ex-girlfriend and threatened her life and her property. The couple had recently broken up and our client found the complainant’s picture on a dating site. He began texting her angrily, asking her why she was on the site, then proceeded to call her and demanded to meet her. She refused to meet him multiple times, and our client threatened to destroy her car and show up at her work if she did not meet him. She declined him again, and our client then stated that he would come over and shoot her in the head. The complainant reasonably feared for her life as she knew our client had recently purchased guns. She then called the police who located and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we immediately conducted a detailed review of our client’s disclosure at found a number of inconsistencies and detrimental weaknesses in the case against him. We then set up a resolution meeting where we used the holes in the Crown Prosecutor’s case to persuade them to withdraw the charges if our client completed a reasonable amount of counselling. Once we obtained proof of our client’s counselling, we forwarded it to the Crown who then withdrew all charges against our client.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680113

Our client was arrested after an argument with his son-in-law escalated. It is alleged that our client choked and punch his son-in-law, who suffered injuries to the face, red strangulation marks around his neck, and a broken hand.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We identified several inconsistencies in the complainant’s version of the events, and ultimately convinced the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client. As a result, our client was able to avoid receiving a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 25280109

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm after he got into a violent altercation with his girlfriend. It was alleged that our client punched her in the face, causing her to require stitches. A neighbour called the police after hearing screaming and loud banging noises. EMS and police attended the scene and our client was arrested.

Upon being retained, we immediately instructed our client to enter into anger management counselling. We attended court on our client’s behalf and had some of his bail conditions amended so that he could have contact with his girlfriend for the purpose of counseling. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We pointed out significant weaknesses in the case against our client and showed proof of our client’s counseling. We were ultimately able to persuade the Crown to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55582480

Our client was charged with domestic assault after a physical altercation with his girlfriend. During an argument, our client’s girlfriend cut him in the face with a razor and hit him in the back with a hockey stick. Our client allegedly struck his girlfriend during the altercation. Our client’s girlfriend called the police, who arrested her for assault with a weapon. The police also arrested our client for assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure. We instructed our client to enter into anger management counseling. We pointed out significant weaknesses in the case against our client and showed proof of counseling. We ultimately persuaded the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65690232

Our client was charged with domestic assault after an argument with his wife. As the argument escalated, our client’s wife asked him to leave the house. Our client became more angry and allegedly choked her. The police were called and later arrested our client for assault.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We immediately instructed him to undergo anger management counselling, which he successfully completed. Upon providing proof of our client’s attendance at counselling, the Crown eventually decided to withdraw the charge.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 35570133

Our client was charged with assault after a physical altercation between him and his wife. After both our client and his wife had been drinking at home, they got into a verbal argument. Our client allegedly pushed his wife away, which caused her to fall and cut her face on the kitchen floor. He was later arrested by police and charged with assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and instructed our client to attend addictions and domestic violence counselling. By providing proof of our client’s progress in counselling sessions, we convinced the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 34470170

Our client and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument about financial difficulties they were having. When our client told his girlfriend to leave the house and she refused, our client tried to physically remove her and pulled out a clump of her hair in the process. Once our client’s girlfriend was outside the house, she called the police. Our client was then arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Upon being retained, we first assisted our client with amending the conditions of his recognizance so that he could speak to his girlfriend, who wished to reconcile and move forward. After ordering disclosure and beginning negotiations, we were able to convince the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55372362

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm after a physical altercation between him and his girlfriend. A neighbour reported that our client hit his girlfriend in the head. The police attended shortly thereafter and noticed injuries to our client’s girlfriend consistent with having been assaulted. The police arrested our client for assault causing bodily harm.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We instructed our client to attend domestic violence counseling. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and by providing proof of our client’s progress in counseling, we were able to convince the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680120

Our client was charged with domestic assault and intimidation after a physical altercation with his partner. During a heated argument, our client’s partner asked him to leave the residence and threatened to call the police. It was alleged that our client put his partner in a headlock, pushed her to the ground, took her phone, bit her on top of the head, and punched her. Our client’s partner went to the neighbour’s house to call the police. When the police arrived, they arrested our client for assault and intimidation.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure. We instructed our client to attend alcohol addiction and domestic violence counseling. We attended court on behalf of our client to vary his release conditions so that he could begin reconciling with his partner. We then began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. By providing proof of our client’s counseling and attendance in a residential addictions treatment program, we convinced 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: 66680142

Our client was charged with domestic assault and domestic assault with a weapon after an altercation with his wife and their daughter. It is alleged that our client disciplined his daughter by hitting her in the back of the head. When his wife tried to intervene, our client grabbed her by the neck and pushed her. Our client’s daughter then tried to call 911. Our client took the phone from her and hit her in the head with it. The police arrived at the residence and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered our client’s disclosure. We directed our client to attend domestic violence and substance abuse counseling at programs that are well-regarded by our courts. Once we had proof of our client’s counseling, we used that information in our negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor and ultimately convinced them 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: 55582464

Our client was arrested after an altercation at a bar. Our client tried to help two of his friends who were being physically removed from the establishment by the security guards. After police arrived, the bouncers alleged that our client punched one of them in the back of the head and attempted to put the other in a choke-hold. Police arrested our client and charged him with two counts of assault.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure. We then ordered additional disclosure when we determined that there were further pieces of evidence that had not been provided. After negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and pointing out weaknesses in the case, we eventually convinced them to withdraw both charges.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 1246004

Our client was charged with two counts of assault after getting into an altercation with her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s sister.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and pointed out the multiple weaknesses in the case against our client as well as pieces of evidence that were missing. At trial, we successfully argued that this lack of disclosure constituted a breach of our client’s rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Ultimately, the charges against our client were stayed.

Successful Result: Charges Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65670091

Our client was charged with assault after an altercation with his girlfriend. It was alleged that during an argument, our client grabbed his girlfriend by the arms to prevent her from leaving. His girlfriend called the police, who came to the residence and arrested our client for assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We pointed out flaws and inconsistencies in the case against our client. Ultimately, the charge against our client was stayed.

Successful Result: Charge Stayed, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55482452

Our client was charged with uttering threats after a report was made to the police of a potential impaired driver. The police attended to our client’s home and asked him for his identification. Our client became agitated and made several death threats to the police.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We directed the Prosecutor’s attention to the flaws in the case against our client and pointed out the multiple defences we could raise at trial. Ultimately, we were able to convince the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw the charge against our client. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680209

Our client was charged with assault after an altercation with her sister-in-law. The two had a verbal disagreement after they had both been drinking heavily and it was alleged that our client punched her sister-in-law multiple times in the face.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We identified multiple weaknesses in the case against our client. We negotiated with the Crown Prosecutor and successfully advocated for the charge against our client to be withdrawn. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 65680715

Our client was charged with breaching an Emergency Protection Order after he violated the condition of not being within a certain distance of his ex-girlfriend. The police were called and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We directed our client to attend domestic violence counseling. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We provided proof of our client’s counseling and successfully advocated for the charge against our client to be withdrawn. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55782505

Our client was charged with breaching an Emergency Protection Order after he violated the condition of not being within 500 metres of his parents’ residence. His mother had come home and called the police because she believed that our client was in her home. The police arrived and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We learned from our client that he had some struggles with drug use. We directed our client to attend substance use treatment and counseling and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We explained our client’s circumstances, the circumstances surrounding the offence, and provided proof of our client’s progress. Ultimately, the Crown Prosecutor agreed to withdraw the charge against our client and our client avoided a criminal record for this charge.

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 45470322

Our client was arrested the day after a verbal argument with his wife. She called the police claiming that our client had been using drugs and alcohol and had threatened to kill her. She was fearful because he owned guns. The police attended the home to assist our client’s wife in moving out while our client was not present and obtained her permission to search the residence. The police found three guns and an unauthorized magazine. The police arrested our client the next day and charged him with uttering threats, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. Our client’s priorities were to see his children and avoid a criminal record. We attended court with our client to vary his release conditions so that he would not be prohibited from making parenting arrangements with his wife. After negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor, we were ultimately able to secure a resolution through which our client forfeited the seized weapons and all charges against him were witdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 35380187

Our client was charged with assault and mischief after a heated argument with her boyfriend. It is alleged that our client kicked and damaged a door, and kicked and punched her boyfriend, who called the police. When the police arrived, they arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We directed our client to attend domestic violence counseling. We used proof of our client’s counseling in our negotiations with the  Crown Prosecutor and successfully advocated for our client’s charges to be withdrawn. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55782504

Our client was charged with criminal harassment, intimidation, and uttering threats after his ex-girlfriend’s mother called the police to report an incident. It was alleged that our client showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house with a gun and a hatchet, and he threatened suicide. The police located our client and arrested him.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We directed him to attend mental health and relationship counseling, to provide proof of employment, and to provide reference letters from family and friends. We used these in our negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor, and we also explained our client’s circumstances and the circumstances surrounding the offence. Despite the strong evidence against our client, we strongly advocated on behalf of our client and convinced the Crown Prosecutor to withdraw all the charges. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Charges Diverted

Case Number: 65690262 

Our client was charged following an altercation with a security guard at a Stampede tent. Patrons and staff complained about our client being intoxicated, which prompted security to intervene and escort our client out of the tent. While she was being escorted, our client escaped and attacked a security guard, who sustained injuries to her arm and hand.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and assisted our client in securing counselling for anger management. We also requested character references, proof of community involvement, proof of employment and a letter of apology from our client, which we presented to the Crown Prosecutor. Based on this, the Crown agreed to enter resolution discussions and as a result, the matter was resolved through the Alternative Measures Program. Upon our client’s successful completion of the program, the charge was withdrawn. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 77790020 

Our client was watching his sister’s soccer game, which was played against another viewers’ girlfriend. After the game, our client and the boyfriend of the player got into an argument regarding “dirty play”.  Eventually, our client punched the man in the side of the head. The next day, the man was experiencing headaches and decided to call police. Our client was arrested shortly thereafter. As he was not a citizen, our client faced serious immigration consequences if convicted of a violent offence.  

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and reached out to the Crown Prosecutor to begin resolution discussions. We raised several mitigating factors about our client with the Crown and emphasized the disproportionate and severely adverse effects that a criminal record would have on his immigrant status. Based on these discussions, the Crown agreed to resolve the matter through the Alternative Measures Program. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn upon successful completion of the program.  

Successful Result: Alternative Measures Program; Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 55592567 

Our client was charged with assault following an altercation with a man after a hockey game. The two were exchanging verbal insults when the complainant got into his own vehicle. Our client pulled him out of the vehicle and both parties began to push each other. Our client punched the complainant in the head, at which point he poked our client in the face numerous times to push him away. Our client was arrested at the scene and charged with assault.  

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and documentation from our client including media on the incident, emails and texts relating to it and character references. We provided these to the Crown Prosecutor and pointed out several mitigating about our client. As a result, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge in exchange for a letter of apology to the complainant and a donation from our client to a charity of his choice. 

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

Case Number: 65680122 

Our client was charged with Domestic Assault on her boyfriend after an argument which escalated to physical violence. The boyfriend recorded audio of his side of the fight on his phone. There was significant aggression and stress in the relationship as there was an ongoing custody battle and our client was pregnant with another child. When the custody battle became serious, our client’s boyfriend reported the incident to the police and supplied his recording.  

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure. We considered the best course of action to ensure the client did not receive a criminal record, so she could retain custody of her children. We helped our client enter counselling and negotiated with the Crown Prosecutor to have her enter the Alternative Measures Program. The Crown agreed and upon successful completion of the program, all charges against our client were withdrawn. Following the withdrawal, we successfully had the client’s fingerprints and photographs held by the Calgary Police Service destroyed.

Successful Result: Alternative Measures Program; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 75690042 

Our client was evicted from her home and the lease was taken over by a new tenant. When our client discovered this, she appeared at the home and began arguing with the landlord, the new tenant and the new tenant’s friend. The argument escalated and eventually ended when our client punched the tenant’s friend in the face. She was restrained and when police arrived, she was charged with assault.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and reviewed the case against our client. We quickly learned that she had severe mental health and addiction issues. She was not fully aware of what occurred on the day of the incident and was willing to get help. We discussed these circumstances with the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, our client was referred to Alternative Measures Program before having her charge withdrawn.  

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

Case Number: 75790013 

Our client was charged following threats made to several students at his school that he planned to bring a gun to graduation and kill 50 people. Police were called to the school where they spoke to witnesses, staff and our client. Our client admitted that he had in fact made the threats. Officers arrested our client and charged him with uttering threats to cause death.

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and took a statement from our client. We requested evidence of counselling, character references and an apology letter to the complainants. We brought these to the Crown Prosecutor and discussed the fact that our client was a youth with no criminal record who showed remorse and a willingness to attend counselling. As a result, our client was referred to Mental Health Diversion and the criminal charge was withdrawn.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record

Case Number: 25290285 

Our client was arrested following an encounter with a Peace Officer in which he refused to provide the officer with his name, driver’s license, registration and insurance. The officer pulled our client over after discovering that his license plate was unattached to the vehicle. When our client refused to provide the officer with the requested information, he was arrested and subsequently released on a Promise to Appear. 

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the charge through the Alternative Measures Program and as a result, our client avoided a criminal record. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 65690225 

Our client was cleaning his shotgun when he accidentally loaded a live round instead of a blank round and test fired it. The pellets were discharged through the window of his house and travelled into his neighbor’s house causing $5,000 in damage. He was charged for careless discharge of a firearm and had his shotgun seized.  

Upon being retained, we did a thorough analysis of the case and our client’s background. We entered raised several mitigating factors about our client with the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, the Crown agreed to resolve the matter through the Alternative Measures Program which resulted in a withdrawal of charges and the return of the client’s shotgun.   

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; Seized Property Returned; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 3260026

Our client was arrested following a 911 call from a caller who claimed that they heard a person screaming in a nearby house for almost 40 minutes. The police attended the residence and found that the screaming came from our client, who had just been accidentally sprayed with bear spray. The police assisted our client, and after calming down our client said he was ready to go to bed. Before he left the room, one officer insisted that the contacts that our client was wearing should come out, so that our client could avoid any risk of infection from the bear spray. Our client reacted violently to the police’s suggestion, began arguing with the police and ultimately threatened to kill one of the cops. It is further alleged that he also lunged at the officer, tried to grab the officer’s throat, and began to strike the officer. Our client was then arrested and charged with assaulting a peace officer.

After reviewing all of the evidence against our client, we had a meeting with our client where we discussed his personal circumstances and learned more about the circumstances surrounding the offence. We learned that at the time of the offence that he was suffering from some mental health issues. We then took this information to the Crown Prosecutor, and we were successful in advocating for our client’s placement in mental health diversion. Once our client had completed his program, all charges against him were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 551943

Our client was charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer after he got into an altercation with an officer at a hospital. While in the hospital our client caused a disturbance by screaming at hospital staff while waiting in triage. Peace officers were called to the scene to assist with removing our client. As our client was being escorted out of the hospital, he screamed at the peace officer and attempted to verbally provoke him. Our client then struck the officer in the face with a closed fist, and was arrested and charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer. The entire incident was also caught on CCTV.

Once we were retained, we reviewed disclosure and immediately directed our client to begin attending counselling and to obtain other psychological assessments. After we received proof of his counselling and his assessments, we began negotiating with the Crown on his behalf. On the basis of our advocacy we were able to successfully divert our client into the Alternative Measures Program, a very rare resolution for such a serious offence. Once our client successfully completed the program, the substantive charges against him were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 531453

It was alleged that our client attacked another individual in his alley as he was pulling up to his home. The complainant reported that after he stepped out of his vehicle, that our client approached him, began to push and hit him, and wrestled him to the ground. While on the ground, our client held the complainant down while a second individual kicked the complainant. When the police arrived on scene they found that our client had fled, and had left the complainant suffering from multiple abrasions and bruising to his face and nose area.

After our client was charged with assault, we ordered and reviewed all disclosure. We found multiple weaknesses in the Crown’s case, and were able to leverage these weaknesses to obtain a favorable resolution. As our client did not wish to go to trial, we were able to convince the Crown to divert him into the Alternative Measures program. Once our client completed the program, the charges against him were dropped.

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

Case Number: 762209

Our client was arrested for assault with a weapon, uttering threats, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon after he walked into a retail operation with a 11 to 12 inch hunting knife sheathed at his side. Upon entering the business, he began yelling at employees and threatened to kill one of them while holding the hilt of his knife. The police were called and he then fled the scene. The police located our client in his vehicle shortly thereafter, and had to remove him from his vehicle at gunpoint.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and found out that our client suffered from mental health issues that likely contributed to the incident. We sought out proof of his medical condition and identified all weaknesses in the evidence against our client. We then scheduled a meeting with the Crown Prosecutor to negotiate a resolution on our client’s behalf. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to accept our client’s placement in the Mental Health Diversion Program despite the very serious nature of the charges. After his successful completion of the program, all charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 761988

Our client was charged with Criminal Harassment after he had sent hundreds of texts messages to a high school acquaintance, and an equally large number of messages to her over social media. The messages were not only voluminous, but were disturbing in content. The complainant had asked our client to stop sending her messages on multiple occasions, and had tried blocking our client, yet he persisted in attempting to communicate with the complainant.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown. Due to the strength of evidence against our client, the Crown initially wanted a guilty plea to the offence in order for a mitigated sentence. However, on the basis of our advocacy we were able to divert our client into the Mental Health Diversion Program. Upon his successful completion of the program, the charges against him were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 55182489

Our client was arrested following a 911 call from a witness who claimed that our client’s friend had been driving erratically. Upon arriving at our client’s home, the police attempted to arrest our client’s friend for impaired driving. Our client allegedly objected to the police entering her home in pursuit of her friend and attempted to force herself between her friend and the police. Our client was subsequently charged with assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown. We identified deficiencies in the Crown’s case and pointed out positive aspects of our client’s background and personal circumstances. We convinced the Crown to divert our client’s charges to the Alternative Measures Program. Upon her successful completion of the program, the charges were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 55582475

Our client was arrested for mischief under $5000 and assault of a peace officer after an argument with his roommate escalated while our client had been drinking.

Upon being retained, we immediately brought the matter into court to vary our client’s release conditions. We directed our client to attend for alcohol counseling. We convinced the Crown Prosecutor to divert our client’s charges to the Alternative Measures Program and upon his successful completion of the program, his charges were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 75780018

Our client was charged with assault after he got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at a bar. Our client had only recently discovered that the two were having an affair. He was unable to control his emotions and got into a physical altercation with the man.

Upon being retained, we considered the best course of action and determined that our client was a good candidate for the Alternatives Measures Program. The Crown Prosecutor agreed, and upon successful completion of the program, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 45480353

Our client was arrested following a 911 call from her boyfriend who informed the police that she had tried to commit suicide in their hotel room. The police attended the hotel and apprehended our client under the Mental Health Act. During the apprehension, our client kicked, punched, and spat on police officers. Our client was then arrested and charged with assaulting a peace officer.

Once we were retained, we reviewed the evidence against our client and had a meeting to discuss her personal circumstances and the circumstances surrounding the offence. We learned that our client had been suffering from some mental health issues. We took this information to the Crown Prosecutor and 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 charge against her was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 35380195

Our client was charged with two counts of assault after an altercation outside a grocery store. After someone hit our client with his cart twice, an argument escalated until our client punched that person and incidentally hit that person’s daughter. Our client also punched another person who was filming him with their phone.

Upon being retained, we reviewed our client’s disclosure and discussed potential resolutions with our client. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and 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, Charge Withdrawn, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 45401353

Our client was charged after she had locked herself in her hotel room and the police attempted to apprehend her for her own safety under the Mental Health Act. Our client was in severe distress at the time and she kicked one of the police officers in the face and chest. She was arrested and charged with assault.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure. We learned that our client was suffering from severe mental health issues at the time of the offence. We convinced the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the matter through the Mental Health Diversion Program. After our client successfully completed the program, her charges were withdrawn.

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

Charges Resolved with a Peace Bond

Case Number: 25280053 

Our client was charged with criminal harassment after sending numerous emails, Facebook messages and text messages to her ex-husband, his girlfriend and their friends and family members.  

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and requested character references and proof of counselling from our client to provide to the Crown Prosecutor. We entered negotiations with the Crown and discussed the steps that our client was taking to address her anger. We also raised the unique circumstances of our client that would be significantly impacted by a criminal record. As a result of these negotiations, the Crown agreed to resolve the charges with a peace bond and our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Charges Resolved with a Peace Bond; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 75790039 

Our client was arrested following an altercation with his girlfriend in her vehicle. The couple got into a fight in the car and our client eventually pulled his girlfriend’s keys out of the ignition while the car was not moving and removed her house and garage keys. When she attempted to retrieve them, our client pulled her hair and she bit him in the arm. Our client ended the fight by getting out of the vehicle and slammed the door, causing significant damage. Immediately after the incident, our client’s girlfriend contacted police and he was later arrested at his home. 

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and began resolution discussing with the Crown Prosecutor. We discussed the mitigating factors in our client’s case and as a result, the Crown agreed to withdraw the charge and resolve the matter with a Peace Bond. 

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 55592586 

Our client was charged with two counts of assault, assault with a weapon and dangerous driving after an altercation with another driver on a highway. After several near-miss incidents with another driver, the vehicle eventually came to a sudden stop forcing our client to collide with the back of the other vehicle. When our client got out of his vehicle to assess the damage, the two occupants of the other vehicle came to confront him, and a fight ensued. The fight escalated and eventually our client ran back to his vehicle and fled. Later that evening, the police went to our client’s home. He was not there, but they informed his wife that he should go to the station to fill out a collision report. As soon as our client became aware that police were looking for him, he went to the police station where he was immediately charged with assault.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and identified several issues with the case against our client. We raised these, as well as mitigating factors about our client with the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, the Crown agreed to resolve the matter with a peace bond.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 65680203 

Our client was charged with assault and uttering threats following an altercation with his ex-girlfriend. It is alleged that he hit her and kicked her when she fell to the ground. Our client did not recall the events of the evening. At the time, he was a foreign national working in Canada on a VISA and because of the criminal charge, his passport was revoked. 

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and immediately began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We instructed our client to enroll in alcohol counselling, requested a proof of employment letter from his manager and proof of his living situation to present to the Crown. Based on this, we were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter with a peace bond and return our client’s passport. As a result, the charge was withdrawn, and our client avoided a criminal record.   

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 25580072 

Our client was charged with assault after a late-night fight at a restaurant. Several other individuals were charged in the incident as well. The client had an overseas trip planned which was impossible given the conditions imposed by the officer.  

Upon being retained, we immediately attended court, altering conditions to ensure our client could leave on his scheduled trip. We then ordered and reviewed disclosure and discovered several mitigating factors and problems with the case against our client. We raised these with the Crown Prosecutor and as a result, the Crown agreed to enter our client into a Peace Bond. This strategy allowed our client to maintain his clean record as the charges were withdrawn.  

Successful Result: Peace Bond; Charge Withdrawn; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 75790052 

Our client was arrested following an altercation with his wife which escalated into violence and momentarily involved their son. As a result of the altercation, his wife sustained several injuries. Due to the criminal charges of domestic assault, our client was ordered not to go to his home or speak to his wife and son. After missing his first scheduled court appearance, he was charged with Failure to Appear.  

Upon being retained, we learned several mitigating factors about our client, including the fact that nearly a dozen community members offered to provide a character reference for him and that he had sought out counselling immediately after the incident. We brought these to the Crown Prosecutor and based on this, the Crown agreed to resolve the charges with a peace bond. Upon completion, the charges were withdrawn, and our client avoided a criminal record. 

Successful Result: Peace Bond; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 9593829 

Our client was attending a wedding at a hotel with his girlfriend when several staff members contacted security and then police complaining that he had been abusive towards her. When police arrived and spoke to our client, his girlfriend repeatedly denied that he had abused her. Officers reviewed camera footage from the hotel and noticed several incidents where our client hit and pushed his girlfriend.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and reviewed it with our client. We pointed out to the Crown Prosecutor that his girlfriend indicated to Victim’s Services that she did not fear for her safety and needed to have the no-contact condition cancelled as she and her boyfriend lived together. As a result, the Crown agreed to resolve the charge with a peace bond, allowing our client to seek counselling and avoid a criminal record.  

Successful Result: Peace Bond; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 751858

Our client was charged with assault with a weapon after she and her husband got into an argument that began over an upcoming hockey game. The argument escalated to the point where our client picked up a steak knife and began lunging at her husband. She managed to cut him four times in the face before the police were called.

Upon being retained we conducted a thorough review of our client’s disclosure and immediately directed our client to enroll in anger management counselling. We used the weaknesses in our client’s case when negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor to persuade them to join us in an application for a common law peace bond. On the basis of our advocacy, our application was successful and the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 762098

Our client was charged for assaulting his wife with a weapon after a verbal argument between the couple became heated and escalated to violence. At one point during the argument, our client picked up the TV remote control and violently threw it at his wife’s face causing bruising. His wife then called the police who attended the scene and arrested our client.

Upon being retained we assisted our client in adjusting the conditions of an emergency protection order that had been put in place after the offence. We also assisted our client in developing a counselling and treatment plan to assist him with his anger management, as well as a substance abuse problems he was struggling with at the time. We then were able to successfully resolve the matter by way of a peace bond, and as a result all of the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 700251

Our client was charged with domestic assault after getting into a verbal altercation with his ex-girlfriend at a bar. It was alleged that at the bar he pushed her in front of several witnesses and caused her to strike her head on a table as she fell. The entire event and was also captured by CCTV.

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown. Notwithstanding the strength of the evidence against our client, we were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 762029

It was alleged that our client had gotten into a number of physically and verbally violent altercations with his common-law partner. The complainant had told the police that he had been verbally abusive towards her, and that one night he pushed her down a flight of stairs and dragged her out of their house, locking the door behind her.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and identified a number of weaknesses in the Crown Prosecutor’s case against our client. Upon discussing the matter with the Crown, we were able to use these weaknesses to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 751882

Our client was charged with domestic assault after getting into a violent altercation with his ex-wife with whom he continued to share a home. One night when his ex-wife returned home, our client threw a glass of water down the stairs at her. He then came down the stairs, grabbed her by the hair and shoulder, and threw her onto the ground causing her nose to bleed. Our client then grabbed her by the throat and began to choke her. During the struggle, his ex-wife managed to secretly call 911. The line was left open and she could be heard crying while our client could be heard talking in the background. Our client briefly left the room, and his ex-wife ran out into the street in an attempt to escape. When the police pulled up, they found our client chasing after his ex-wife in the street and arrested him.

Upon being retained we discussed the incident with our client, who explained that his actions were related to a medical condition. We immediately sought out proof of this condition from his doctor, and we also assisted him with developing a fulsome counseling plan to address his anger management issues. We then identified any weaknesses we could find in the case against our client and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able weaknesses in the Crown’s case, our client’s medical condition, and our client’s counselling to persuade the Crown to join us in a successful application for a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn. `

Successful Result: Peace Bond, Charges Withdrawn No Criminal Record

Case Number: 762047

Our client was charged with Domestic Assault after he got into a heated argument with his girlfriend. It is alleged that during the argument he grabbed her by the throat and threw her across the kitchen. She then called the police who attended the scene and arrested our client.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure and identified weaknesses in the Crown’s case. We began to negotiate with the Crown and were able to successfully resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Cochrane Provincial Court
Case Number: 7620291

Our client was facing a historical domestic assault charge. It was alleged that he had grabbed his partner by the hair and dragged her out of the home in front of their six-week old child. Upon being retained we immediately sought disclosure and reviewed it in detail with our client. We entered resolution discussions with the Crown and successfully negotiated a peace bond for our client. As such, the domestic assault charge was withdrawn.

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

Cochrane Provincial Court
Case Number: 7620471

Our client was charged with assaulting his girlfriend after he called 911 during an argument between the two of them.

Once retained we sought disclosure and immediately began negotiating with the Crown. We were successful in obtaining a peace bond for our client and the domestic assault charge was withdrawn.

Successful Result: Peace Bond, Charge Withdrawn

Case Number: 35170075

Our client was arrested for domestic assault after he came home from drinking at the bar to find the doors to his house locked. He then broke the handle to one of the doors so that he could gain entry to the house. Once he was inside, he found his common law partner and began to scream at her and push her, and at one point he put both of his hands around her neck. Throughout the entire altercation his common law partner was holding their 1 year old child. She managed to call the police, who later arrived and arrested our client.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and amended the conditions of our client’s bail so that he could see his children while his matter was being resolved. We also directed him to enroll in counselling and obtained proof of his attendance. We used this in conjunction with the weaknesses we had identified in the case against our client to successfully advocate for a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn and our client did not obtain a criminal record.

Successful Result: Peace Bond, Charges Withdrawn No Criminal Record

Case Number: 326003

Our client got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend in his girlfriend’s house. As the altercation escalated, it was alleged that our client damaged a number of his girlfriend’s belongings and that he also punched a hole in the wall. It was alleged that as his girlfriend attempted to stop him from breaking her possessions, he grabbed his girlfriend by the neck trying to choke her, and then pushed her away. His girlfriend called the police and our client was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault and Mischief.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and identified all inconsistencies and weaknesses in the evidence against our client. We then began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor and were able to successfully persuade them to resolve the charges with a peace bond. As a result, our client was able to avoid a criminal record.

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

Case Number: 651948

It was alleged that our client was witnessed berating and striking a young boy in the middle of a restaurant. It is also alleged that he was hitting the boy with an open hand, and hit him with a closed fist in the head. Witnesses intervened, and he was then seen dragging the boy out of the restaurant and into his car. After a witness called the police and reported the incident, our client was arrested by the police and charged with Assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately filed for disclosure and identified all weaknesses in the case against our client. We utilized these weaknesses in resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor and were able to resolve the matter with a common law peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

Successful Result: Charges withdrawn, Common Law Peace Bond

Case Number: 751917

Our client was charged with domestic assault and intimidation after he got into an argument with his wife that escalated and became physical. The argument started as they were discussing a potential divorce. As the argument progressed, our client began to drink and became increasingly angry. He elbowed the complainant in the mouth, then grabbed her by the throat and hit her with a closed fist in the eye. The complainant retrieved her cell phone and tried to call for help, but our client took it from her hands and submerged it in water. The complainant later was able to run from the house to a nearby police station where she told the police what had happened. The police then returned to the residence and arrested our client, and charged him with domestic assault and intimidation.

Upon being retained we immediately reviewed reviewed disclosure and began preparing for trial. We obtained glowing letters of reference from our client’s former employers and acquaintances. We also assisted our client in obtaining a professional psychiatric evaluation so that the court could better understand our client’s unique personal circumstances, and how those may have contributed to the offence. On the basis of our advocacy and our presentation of these materials at trial, we were able to successfully obtain a common law peace bond for our client. As a result, the substantive charges against him were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 751806

Our client was arrested and charged with domestic assault, assault with a weapon, and uttering threats after an extremely heated argument with his wife over their pending divorce. The argument began when our client started making degrading comments about his wife’s parenting abilities. His wife decided to stand up for herself, and in response our client grabbed her, pinned her down and began slapping her while he yelled at her. His wife managed to escape into another room, only to be chased by our client, caught, pinned down again and slapped. Our client was forced to stop when his wife’s mother intervened. After exiting the room, our client went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and charged at his wife, telling her that he would kill her. The couple’s infant child was present for the entire altercation.

Upon being retained, we thoroughly reviewed all disclosure which included some audio and video recordings of our client committing the alleged offences. We flushed out all weaknesses in the case against our client and discussed his options. He directed us to seek a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor that would allow him to avoid a criminal record. We directed him to immediately enroll in anger management counselling to assist with the negotiation process. We began resolution discussions with the Crown, and used proof of our client’s counselling and weaknesses in the case against our client to persuade the Crown to join us in a successful application for a Peace Bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 4362186

Our client was charged with Domestic Assault, Forcible Confinement, and Mischief after he got into an argument with his girlfriend over her relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The argument became heated, and our client’s girlfriend tried to leave the room but our client would not let her. Every time she attempted to walk out, our client would push her back. She eventually managed to get past him, but he caught up with her and pushed her into the wall which became dented from the force of the impact. He then punched her in the face with a closed fist, and took her cell phone from her and broke it. After he was arrested and released, he subsequently tried to reach out to her through one of her friends, breaching the conditions of his release.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered disclosure and quickly identified any weaknesses we could find in the case against our client. We also helped our client enroll in a comprehensive counselling course which would help him better his anger management skills. We then began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor, and with the Prosecutor’s support were able to successfully resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 750983

Our client was arrested and charged with extortion, publication of intimate images without consent, and assault after she obtained nude images of the complainant and her husband. She subsequently demanded that the complainant meet with her in person. When she and the complainant met, she struck the complainant in the face. She also demanded a lump sum payment from the complainant, and threatened that if she was not paid, she would post the images on social media.

Upon being retained we immediately ordered and reviewed disclosure and identified serious evidentiary issues in the case against our client. We also sought out multiple, strong character references for our client, and assisted our client in selecting anger management courses which she successfully completed. We used the evidentiary weaknesses in the Crown’s case and proof of our client’s counselling to advocate for the resolution of this matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 762019

Our client was charged with publishing an intimate image without consent shortly after he broke up with his girlfriend and sent her nude image to her mother. His girlfriend quickly found out, called the police, and our client was arrested and charged.

Upon being retained we ordered and reviewed disclosure, and helped our client register in a counselling program that would help him better manage his anger. We then discussed potential resolutions with the Crown Prosecutor and were able to successfully persuade them that the matter would be best resolved by way of a peace bond. As a result of our efforts, the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 55172318

Our client was charged with assault and unlawful confinement after getting into an extremely violent confrontation with his girlfriend. While they were together, our client looked through her phone and saw that she had been sending messages to other men. After discovering these messages, our client became outraged and began yelling at his girlfriend who then asked him to leave her house. He refused to leave, and trapped her in her room. When she tried to escape, he pushed her onto the bed, crawled on top of her, and put his hand over her mouth. She continued to struggle so our client grabbed her by the back of her head, and slammed her to the ground. As the struggle continued, his girlfriend was able to escape and call the police.

Upon being retained, we thoroughly reviewed our client’s disclosure and found a number of holes in the complainant’s version of events. We were able to use these weaknesses to persuade the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the matter with a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 762075

It is alleged that on the day of the offence, our client got into a heated verbal argument with his wife. The argument escalated to the point that our client grabbed his wife, pulled her toward him, and then punched her in the head with a closed fist. He then threatened her that if she did not leave, he would kill her. His wife also reported to the police that there was an extensive, and unreported history of domestic violence between them, and that she feared for herself and for her children.

Upon being retained we ordered and reviewed disclosure. We then directed our client to a comprehensive counselling program and began negotiating with the Crown on his behalf. We were able to successfully advocate for a peace bond, and as a result all the substantive charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 65680136

Our client was charged with domestic assault after getting into a heated argument with his ex-girlfriend. It is alleged that he pushed her to the ground, punched her, and headbutted her.

Upon being retained we immediately reviewed disclosure and identified weaknesses in the case against our client. We then began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor and were able to successfully persuade them to resolve the charges with a peace bond. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

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

Case Number: 65670076

Our client was charged with domestic assault after getting into an altercation with his ex-partner. A neighbour called the police after learning about the altercation from our client. The police spoke with both our client and his ex-partner, who both indicated that they did not want to provide a statement or have charges laid. The police noticed bruising, scratches, and marks on our client’s ex-partner, and arrested our client for domestic assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 65680198

Our client was charged with domestic assault after getting into an altercation with his wife. It is alleged that our client punched his wife in the face and the back of her head after getting in a heated argument. His wife went to their neighbour’s home to call the police. When the police arrived, they arrested our client for domestic assault.

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 45580003

Our client was charged with domestic assault after a physical altercation with his common law spouse. The two had been arguing and our client’s spouse had moved out of the residence. When our client’s spouse came back to pick up some belongings, it was alleged that our client grabbed her by the arms to drag her out of the residence. Her father called the police, who arrived and arrested our client for domestic assault.

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 65690218

Our client was charged with domestic assault after he called the police because his wife had kicked him out of their vehicle, leaving him stranded on the highway. The police later determined that his wife had done so because our client was intoxicated and had backhanded her.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure. We instructed our client to attend anger management and substance use counseling programs that are well-regarded by our courts. We attended court with our client and got his release conditions amended so that he could communicate to his wife through family members to arrange seeing his children. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. By showing proof of our client’s counseling, we were able to successfully convince the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 45270330

Our client was charged with assault after an argument with her son. It is alleged that our client was sitting on top of her son and holding down his arms, and slapped him in the face at least two times.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure. We directed our client to attend parenting courses and anger management counseling that is well-regarded by our courts and we obtained proof of our client’s completion. We also obtained letters of support from our client’s employers. We used this information in our resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to persuade the Crown to resolve the matter with a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn and she avoided receiving a criminal record.

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

Case Number: 45580003

Our client was charged with assault after an altercation with his girlfriend. His girlfriend had left the house a few days prior with their son and upon returning to retrieve some of her possessions, she alleged that our client physically dragged her through the house and kicked her out. The police were called to the scene and our client was arrested.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. After lengthy negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor, we convinced them to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. The charge against our client was withdrawn and he avoided a criminal record.

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

Case Number: 45480351

Our client was charged with assault after she hit her son-in-law on the arm with a shovel. Our client was living in the basement suite and was upset that her daughter and son-in-law had barricaded the upstairs suite. After the altercation, our client’s daughter called the police, who came to the residence and arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 55382420

Our client was arrested and charged after he got into a fight with a bouncer outside a bar. The altercation ensued when the bouncer refused our client entry and our client became upset. Our client’s high level of intoxication contributed to his conduct. After the fight was completed, police arrived and arrested our client for assault and uttering threats.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We immediately instructed our client to undergo addictions counselling, as this behaviour was extremely out of character and largely due to the effects of alcohol. Our client also completed anger management counselling. Using our excellent advocacy skills, we successfully convinced the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record.

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

Case Number: 3401

Our client was charged with assault after an incident between his children and another child at a community center. A basketball was thrown at our client’s son by the other boy. Our client was then called by his children and upon arriving about twenty minutes later, our client grabbed the other boy by the arm and pulled him off the court to talk to him about the incident. Another parent witnessed the incident and the police were called.

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and spoke with our client about reaching a satisfactory resolution. After our client wrote an apology letter and provided proof of counseling, we were able to convince the Crown Prosecutor to resolve the matter with a peace bond. After our client complied with the conditions, his charge was withdrawn and he avoided any criminal record.

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

Case Number: 44480348

Our client was charged with breaching an Emergency Protection Order after he entered within 15 metres of his ex-girlfriend. Our client talked to his ex-girlfriend in the locker room at their child’s hockey game.

Upon being retained, we requested disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Case Number:45680215

Our client was arrested following an altercation with an individual who came to his apartment door to complain about loud music. The verbal confrontation escalated until our client went into his apartment, returned with a can of pepper spray, and sprayed the victim in the face.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and began resolution discussions with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 35370172

Our client was charged with assault and uttering threats after his ex-common law partner called the police to report an incident which had happened the previous day at their workplace. After a heated text message exchange about the custody of their child, it was alleged that our client grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her. The police attended our client’s residence and arrested him.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and directed our client to attend parenting after separation counseling. By using proof of that counseling, we were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a peace bond. As a result, the charges against our client were withdrawn.

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

Case Number: 65580153

Our client was charged with assault after his wife’s sister called the police out of concern that our client would hurt his wife. The police contacted our client’s wife, who confirmed that our client had slapped her on the left side of her head. The police arrested our client.

Upon being retained, we ordered our client’s disclosure and began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to successfully persuade the Crown to resolve the matter by way of a common law peace bond. As a result, the charge against our client was withdrawn.

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

Charges Discharged

Case Number: 4390 

Our client, 7 months pregnant at the time, was babysitting her cousin while his parents were out of town. Our client was under significant stress due to the pregnancy and was being abused by her partner. This stress boiled over one day after her cousin did not complete his chores as requested and in response, our client struck him with a charging cord. The complainant told his vice-principal the next day at school and quickly Child & Family Services and police became involved. Following a medical exam of the complainant, our client was charged with assault with a weapon. If convicted she faced possible immigration and employment consequences.  

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and connected our client with an immigration lawyer while we began preparing our defense. On the instruction of our client, we entered a guilty plea to the charge and ordered a Presentence Report to provide the Judge with context of our client’s circumstances and character. We received back a positive report and based on this we made submissions to the court recommending a Conditional Discharge. The Crown Prosecutor did not agree to a Conditional Discharge, due to the age of the complainant, but despite this, the judge agreed with our submission. As a result, our client avoided a criminal record. 

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 25280116 

Our client was arrested and charged with assault and driving while impaired. At the time of the arrest, our client was parked outside of a pub, laying down in his car with his eyes closed. The staff at the pub called police earlier in the evening after our client became intoxicated and had an altercation with a staff member before going to his vehicle. When police approached our client, they noticed that he smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes were glossy and red. From the point of the arrest until our client got to the police station, he continuously yelled at the officer’s and later struggled with the phone provided to contact a lawyer. 

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and set the matter down for trial. We advised our client to obtain counselling and informed the Crown Prosecutor of his willingness to do so. We then filed a Charter application stating that evidence was obtained from our client unlawfully and asked that it be excluded. As a result, the Crown withdrew the impaired driving charge and agreed to resolve the assault charge with a conditional sentence. Due to this resolution, our client avoided a criminal record.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; Conditional Discharge; No Criminal Record  

Case Number: 45670331 

Our client was attending the sentencing of a man who was convicted of killing our client’s good friend. Due to the highly emotional nature of the proceedings, our client became enraged and attacked the man. During the attack, our client also applied force to a nearby Sheriff and was arrested shortly thereafter. 

Upon being retained, we ordered disclosure and quickly began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor. We raised the fact that the triggering event was highly unique and discussed several mitigating factors about our client, including his show of remorse, efforts he had taken since the incident to attain counselling and the apology that he wrote to the complainants. As a result, the Crown agreed to resolve the matter with a conditional discharge, which allowed our client to avoid a criminal record.  

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge; Charge Withdrawn 

Case Number: 77790025 

Our client was charged with uttering threats to cause death following an altercation with his wife when he was heavily intoxicated. According to his wife, our client threatened to kill her when she fell asleep and stated that he was prepared to go to jail. She recorded the conversation and provided it to police when they arrived. Our client was arrested shortly after the incident. 

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor. We provided the Crown with character references for our client as well as proof that he had obtained counselling for alcohol use and domestic violence shortly after the incident. Based on our negotiations, the Crown agreed to resolve the matter with a conditional discharge and as a result, our client avoided a criminal record. 

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge; No Criminal Record 

Case Number: 751873

Our client was charged with Aggravated Assault after he got into a heated argument with his partner. The argument escalated and our client pulled his partner to the ground, put his full weight on her, and continued to slap and kick her. His partner was transported to the hospital where it was reported that her liver was bleeding due to the assault in addition to other more minor injuries.

Upon retaining us we immediately reviewed disclosure and assisted our client with developing a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan. We ordered psychiatric reports and pre-sentence reports, and identified all weaknesses and inconsistencies in the Crown Prosecutor’s case. Despite the fact that the Crown was initially seeking jail time, due to the strength of our anticipated defence, we were able to successfully persuade them to join us in an application for an 18 month conditional discharge instead.

Successful Outcome: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 551924

The police were dispatched to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance. Upon arriving, the complainant reported that she was woken up by our client who was highly intoxicated and agitated. She alleged that they began to argue, and that during the argument that he pinned her down and tried to choke her. As the struggle continued, she said that her nose ring was ripped out of her head, that our client had pulled her hair, and that he had struck her in the face. The entire incident had also unfolded in front of her children. Upon arriving, the police found that our client was already under probationary terms for a recent and previous assault.

Once we were retained, we ordered and reviewed disclosure, and identified some potential defences for our client. We then conducted an in depth interview with our client to learn about his background and to learn more about the circumstances of the offence. We were then able to use this information in an application for a discharge. Notwithstanding the fact that our client already had a lengthy criminal record, and despite the fact that he was on probation for another assault, we were able to successfully obtain a conditional discharge. As a result, our client was able to avoid receiving another criminal conviction for this offence.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Conviction

Case Number: 54362171

Our client was arrested and charged with assault after he got into a roadside altercation with another driver. Our client was speeding down the highway when another vehicle pulled in front of him so as to slow him down and prevent him from passing. Our client followed that vehicle when it turned off the highway, then quickly pulled in front of it and stopped so that the driver of the other vehicle was also forced to stop. Our client then exited his vehicle, and walked over to the other driver screaming at him for slowing him down on the highway. The other driver exited his vehicle and the men began to fight. During the fight, our client was caught on a cell phone video recording punching the other driver repeatedly in the head.

Upon being retained we immediately reviewed disclosure and directed our client to enroll in anger management counselling, and further directed him to take a defensive driving course. We also obtained a letter from his doctor outlining psychological and medical issues that may have contributed to the offence. We then forwarded this information to the Crown, and used it along evidentiary weaknesses in the case against our client to advocate for a joint application for a conditional discharge. With the Crown’s support, our application before the court was successful and our client was able to avoid a criminal record.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 2250016

Our client was arrested for assault after he and his girlfriend had gotten into a vicious altercation after leaving a bar. They began arguing and his girlfriend slapped our client in the face after he made a remark she did not like. Witnesses then saw our client then lose his temper, push his girlfriend to the ground, and kick her in the face. She then ran to a nearby store and called the police. She was covered in blood and had to be transported to the hospital as it was believed she may have broken her nose. The police quickly found and arrested our client for Assault.
Upon being retained we ordered disclosure and immediately directed our client to begin a comprehensive anger management counselling. We also sought out excellent character references for our client and obtained letters of employment. We then 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 was able to avoid a criminal conviction.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 551932

Our client broke into his cousin’s house while his cousin, the victim, briefly stepped out of the house. His cousin returned to find our client standing in the house holding what may have been a flare gun and a small black gun. Our client demanded that his cousin give him money, and upon being declined and told to leave, shot his cousin with the flare gun in the chest, causing bleeding and swelling. Our client then fled, but was quickly apprehended by the police and charged with breaking and entering, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, and assault causing bodily harm.

Upon being retained we immediately helped our client develop an aggressive counseling plan, obtained glowing letters of reference speaking to our client’s character. We also sought out an expert medical report which outlined psychological factors that contributed to the offence, and which indicated that our client had a low risk for reoffending. Once we had obtained all of these documents we began negotiations with the Crown Prosecutor who agreed to join us in an application for a conditional discharge. We were successful in our application, and despite the very serious nature and number of charges, our client did not receive a criminal record.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 541745

Our client was charged with criminal harassment after he incessantly tried to communicate with his ex-wife to the point that she became reasonably afraid for her own safety. The couple had divorced the year prior, after a violent incident where our client had assaulted both his ex-wife and her mother. After their separation, our client began sending his ex-wife countless emails and called her constantly. His ex-wife explicitly told him that she no longer wanted any contact with him and asked him to stop. Despite her request, he persisted with the emails and called her cell phone over fifty times, leaving threatening messages suggesting that he would kill her. Because at the time our client was an alcoholic who could easily become violent when intoxicated, his ex-wife became very afraid of what he might do and called the police.

The police quickly located and arrested our client for harassment. Upon being retained we met with our client and reviewed the couple’s history in detail, which allowed us to find exculpatory evidence to the allegations against our client. After thoroughly reviewing the disclosure and finding further weaknesses in the case against our client, we set an early case resolution meeting with the Crown Prosecutor. We were able to persuade the Crown to join us in a successful application for a conditional discharge, and as a result our client was able to avoid a criminal record.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55482456

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm after a road rage incident. After another vehicle cut off our client’s vehicle, our client followed him until he stopped. Both individuals exited their vehicles and our client punched the other individual two to three times in the face.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. As our client frequently travelled to the United States, it was very important for him to attain an absolute discharge. It became evident that our client was suffering from symptoms of PTSD due to his long career as an emergency responder. This likely contributed to his actions, which were very out of character. Based on our client’s remorse and willingness to engage in counselling and volunteer work, as well as no prior criminal record, we were able to secure the absolute discharge that our client hoped to attain.

Successful Result: Absolute Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55482455

Our client was arrested and charged after he used pepper spray on one of his classmates. There were multiple witnesses and the victim had swollen eyes, a runny nose, and a red face. Our client stated that he was peer-pressured by his friends to commit the assault.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. In discussions with the Crown, we highlighted our client’s previously clean record, successful participation in counselling, his improved performance in school, and his remorse and desire to accept responsibility for his actions. The Crown Prosecutor agreed to resolve the matter with a conditional discharge and our client avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: Conditional Discharge, No Criminal Record

Case Number: 55582450

Our client was charged with several counts of uttering threats and criminal harassment after a lengthy period of nearly two years during which he verbally harassed his neighbours and on several occasions threatened to physically harm them. Our client was suffering from a number of concurrent disorders, including substance abuse and mental health issues, which were the primary reasons for this behaviour.

Upon being retained, we immediately advised our client to secure a new living situation away from the complainants, his former neighbours. We also instructed our client to undergo addictions counselling and psychiatric treatment. After our client’s successful completion of these recovery programs, we convinced the Crown Prosecutor to accept a guilty plea in exchange for a conditional discharge. Not only did our client avoid jail time, he also avoided a criminal record.

Successful Result: No Jail Time, No Criminal Record

Charges Resolved with Reduced or No Jail Time

Case Number: 25390283 

Our client was charged following an altercation with his wife and son. Our client and his son got into an argument, which escalated into violence and ended when our client hit his son in the face with a laundry basket. Our client’s wife overheard the fight and came to confront him, at which point they began arguing and our client spit at his wife. The next day, our client’s wife contacted police and our client was arrested. 

Upon being retained, we immediately requested disclosure and took a statement from our client regarding steps that he had taken since the incident to address his anger, including counselling. We requested proof of counselling from our client and provided this to the Crown Prosecutor. We then entered resolution discussions with the Crown, which led to the withdrawal of the Assault with a Weapon charge in exchange for a guilty plea to the Assault charge. As a result, our client did not spend any time in jail.  

Successful Result: Charge Withdrawn; Suspended Sentence; No Jail Time  

Case Number: 762082

Our client was charged with Assault With a Weapon and Assault Causing Bodily harm after entering the house of an acquaintance and beating him with a baseball bat. Earlier that night our client was at the victim’s residence drinking with several other people. They got into a disagreement, during which the victim insulted our client’s girlfriend. In response, our client left and returned with a baseball bat, and struck the victim in the head. The victim suffered grievous injuries for which he had to be hospitalized for several months, had to receive extensive surgery, left him deaf in one of his ears, and that left him unable to drive or work following the incident. Due to the extensive and serious nature of the injuries sustained by the victim, as well as the fact that our client had a criminal record, the Crown was seeking a period of incarceration.

Upon being retained, we immediately ordered disclosure and directed our client to enroll in a comprehensive counselling program. We thoroughly reviewed the disclosure against him and used weaknesses we found in his case as well as the counselling our client had completed to advocate for a resolution that would allow our client to remain out of jail. As a result of our efforts, we were able to successfully obtain a conditional sentence order that allowed him to serve a short sentence in the community.

Successful Result: Conditional Sentence Order, No Time in Jail

Case Number: 45470304

Our client was charged with assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault, and three counts of uttering threats after a physical altercation with his girlfriend. Our client had been drinking all day and hit his girlfriend in the face. Two bystanders interfered in the altercation. Our client threatened to kill all of them.

Upon being retained, we ordered and reviewed our client’s disclosure. We instructed our client to complete anger management, substance use, and relationship counseling. We began negotiating with the Crown Prosecutor. We obtained a resolution in which our client pled guilty to two counts of assault and the Prosecutor withdrew the remaining counts. We conducted a contested in-court sentencing hearing where the Crown Prosecutor argued that our client should receive 60 days in jail. We successfully argued that our client should receive a 6 month Conditional Sentence Order. As a result, our client was able to avoid jail and serve his sentence in the community.

Successful Result: Conditional Sentence Order, No Jail

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