FILTER SUCCESS STORIES
The test for whether a Crown should prosecute or not is whether there is “a reasonable prospect of conviction.” I therefore needed to convince the Crown attorney that they had no reasonable prospect of conviction and that the charged should be dropped.
Our client was in Canada visiting family on a visitor’s visa. The easiest solution was to have him return to his home country once these charges were disposed of. Complicating matters, his passport had been seized by the police.
Our client, Mr. P, was accused of domestic assault by a former partner in the midst of contentious family law proceedings. Based on historical allegations, he was accused of hitting her in the head during a verbal argument, leading to her getting a concussion. Mr. P denied these accusations: he didn’t believe that this incident had occurred.
Our client, Mr. F, was a middle-aged man with no criminal record. He found himself accused of a number of offences relating to the finding of a significant number of firearms and narcotics. After he was held for bail, he retained our firm to represent him in his bail hearing.
The result of the negotiation was a success. Mr. F entered a plea of guilty to a common assault, and the sexual assault and mischief charges were withdrawn.
Serious charges were withdrawn and our client received a conditional discharge, which meant that he would have no criminal record.