FILTER SUCCESS STORIES
Given that the Crown was unwilling to withdraw the charge, the very clear goal in this case was simply to show the trial judge that Mr. E. had no intention of moving his vehicle from its resting point in the visitor’s parking of the townhouse complex.
Mr. C experienced what many of us have in the past; an argument with his partner. At the time he was only a few minutes from his house at a local bar. He wanted to return home quickly due to the fight, so he finished his beer, got in his car, and began to drive home.
An accused that agrees to participate in counselling, community service hours, and agreements to uphold the peace, saves the government money and helps put the accused back in society where they can be a productive citizen.
Mr. P had lived in Canada since the early 2010s but was not a full citizen. A criminal conviction could result in his deportation. He had a personal and professional life for himself here, including family members, and did not want to be forced to leave.
Mr. W’s position as a hockey coach, his new job, and his future goals to start a business and own a home were at risk. He’d been convicted for the same offence once before and knew a second conviction could be worse.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is very clear in its protection of a person’s right to contact a lawyer upon arrest.
The evidence collected after Mr. M told the officer he accepted duty counsel as his representation was deemed inadmissible, and the charges of over 80 were dismissed. Mr. M left the courtroom that day without fear that a criminal record might harm his business or his family.
Mr. O was charged in Oshawa with one count of Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration from a person under the age of 18.
Less than one week before trial the Crown ceased with the prosecution and offered to withdraw Ms. H's charges for a plea to a Highway Traffic Act offence of careless driving.
His Honour agreed that, following the precedent of R. v. White  and R. v. Roberts  the statement given by Mr. S. implicating himself as the driver would be excluded as evidence.
CASE STUDY: Acquittal – Failure to Provide a Breath Sample into an Approved Screening Device in Oshawa
Mr. K was acquitted on the grounds that the Crown failed to prove that Mr. K.’s refusal to provide a breath sample was intentional and not a misunderstanding.
CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn: Theft Under $5000 (Shoplifting) & Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5000
Mr. S, a successful executive, had a lot on his mind. His adult autistic son was going through some difficult changes, his wife was coping the recent suicide of someone close to her. While Mr. S was picking up a few groceries and other small items, he forgot to pay for a couple of packs of batteries and a small movie figurine (costing $12.99) that got covered by items at the bottom of his shopping cart.
The Crown called one witness but we called three. We effectively cross-examined the Crown’s witness (the officer) and were able to present our three witnesses as credible. We successfully rebutted the presumption. Mr. T.G. was therefore acquitted of the charge.
Both the impaired and the over 80 charges were dismissed as a result of the the judge ruling that the officer's testimony was not credible.
Mr. G needed to avoid all the repercussions of the criminal record that would flow from a conviction of the Over 80 offence.
Inconsistencies in evidence about the sexual touching between police statement, preliminary hearing evidence and trial evidence made evidence not reliable nor believable.
Ms. M had been at a local bar having a few drinks with a friend of hers. As a result of being sexually harassed by a fellow patron (a tow truck driver), our client left the bar and drove to McDonald's for a snack. The tow truck driver followed her out, and called the police to report a possible DUI. The reality is that the tow truck driver was hoping that our client would be arrested so he could tow the car and impound it for seven (7) days - perhaps earning $1,000 in the process.
Ms. B had just recently arrived back to Canada. Her plane had only just landed not long before she was stopped by the Ontario R.I.D.E. program as she drove home from the airport. She explained to the officer that she was feeling jetlagged but the officer could smell an odour of alcohol coming from her breath. She was placed under arrest after failing the approved screening device test.
Mr. G had been watching the CFL Grey Cup while he hung out with a few of his friends on the night of Sunday November 25 to Monday November 26, 2014. At the time, he was facing a serious financial burden as he was supporting his new, young family. After entering the car with his friends, he turned towards the street from the parking garage but shortly made an additional turn to return to the parking garage. An officer, who was located across the street, grew suspicious that he should be entering the vehicle so late on a Sunday night / early Monday morning on Grey Cup day and decided to investigate.
Following a mishap regarding our client being advised to take an incorrect dosage of Ativan, the Durham Regional Police Service stopped Mr. B's vehicle as a result of erratic driving but, fortunately, before any accidents had occurred. Mr. B had no recollection of entering his vehicle or being caution by the police to pull his vehicle over.