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CASE STUDY: Sexual Offence Charges Withdrawn

Mr. A had no prior criminal record. He was married and had a very good job. He remained a contributing member of the community throughout his life. Mr. A found himself in trouble when he was charged with these serious offences. The police gathered extensive evidence against Mr. A including computer extraction data, IP address data etc. Surprisingly, the police did not obtain a production order (similar to a warrant) to obtain personal subscriber information from the telecom companies citing exigent and urgent circumstances.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving Changes in Oshawa Withdrawn

The Crown was asking for a plea to the impaired driving charge for a fine of $2,000. A guilty plea to the impaired charge under the Criminal Code of Canada would have led to an automatic one year driving prohibition. Obviously, a guilty plea also meant a criminal record.

CASE STUDY – Domestic Assault in Oshawa

A dispute ensued between the complainant and our client which led to the police involvement. Ms. P was charged with assault and assault with a weapon.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault Charges in Napanee Withdrawn

Mr. B, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault. The allegations stemmed from a night when he was at work and the complainant, a co-worker, accused him of assaulting her.

CASE STUDY: Successfully Negotiating Withdrawal of Mischief Charges

The client, referred to as Mr. B, found himself in legal trouble following a night of revelry. During the course of the evening, while intoxicated, he accidentally broke a window. The incident occurred in a public area, and although no one witnessed the act directly, his inebriated state led him to admit responsibility when approached by law enforcement officers.

CASE STUDY: Motor Vehicle Theft Charges

Mr. M, a young person, found himself entangled in a legal battle when he was charged with multiple offences, including motor vehicle theft x2, masking with intent, and possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000. These charges carried serious consequences, potentially jeopardizing Mr. M’s freedom and reputation.

CASE STUDY: Sexual assault in Peterborough, 2023

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.

CASE STUDY: Robbery, Dangerous Weapons

The Crown seemed to have a pretty good case: the “victim” was willing to testify against my client. However, I felt that perhaps Mr. S had been overcharged by the police.

CASE STUDY: Sexual assault, choking

Importantly, this client avoided a sex offender registration. All of the criminal charges were withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Assault in Perth Ontario

We thought that what the Crown was seeking was harsh given that there were no injuries, and wanted to get a better outcome for our client.

CASE STUDY: Domestic assault, resisting arrest

Even though the Crown was not seeking jail time in this case, the goal was to ensure a non-criminal outcome for our client.

CASE STUDY: Sexual assault, forcible confinement, mischief

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.

CASE STUDY: Assault, mischief, dangerous driving

The consequences of a criminal conviction in this case were severe because our client worked in healthcare.

CASE STUDY: Assault with a weapon, pointing a firearm

Serious charges were withdrawn and our client received a conditional discharge, which meant that he would have no criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Fail/Refuse to Provide Breath Sample

Our client was very happy with the outcome here. He was able to keep his driver’s licence and walk away without a criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Operation, Over 80

Our client entered a guilty plea to careless operation under the Highway Traffic Act which resulted in his Criminal Code charges being withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Child Pornography Charges Withdrawn

After on-going discussions with the Crown Attorney spanning through several months, all charges against Mr. S were outright withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Mischief Under $5000

The client and the complainant are neighbouring property owners who have been embroiled in disputes concerning their property boundaries and a recently erected fence. During the early fall, the accused, who was before the court, left her own residence equipped with a hammer. She then entered her neighbour’s yard, proceeding to the rear of the property, where she commenced damaging a shared wooden fence.

CASE STUDY: Charges Spousal Assault

The complainant and Mr. P were in a relationship for slightly over a year, initially residing in a small city in Northern Ontario before moving to Peterborough for a brief 3-month period. They did not have any children together, and the complainant was pursuing her studies while being in the relationship. In late winter of 2023, the Peterborough Police received a distress call from the complainant, reporting that her boyfriend, Mr. P, was assaulting her.

CASE STUDY: Charges Domestic Assault and Assault with a Weapon

Mr. G and Ms. G had been in a relationship for approximately 12 years, sharing a residence, though they did not have children together. During the spring of 2022, the complainant reported an alleged assault by Mr. G to the police. She also disclosed an earlier incident from the summer of 2013 where Mr. G had allegedly thrown a hammer at her head.

CASE STUDY: Spousal Assault in Belleville

On a winter’s morning of 2023, at 03:28 a.m., the police received a dispatch call regarding a domestic dispute. The complainant and homeowner, Mr. F, reported that Ms. A, his friend’s girlfriend, was intoxicated and engaged in an argument with her boyfriend, Mr. B.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault Charges in Belleville

Our client, Mr. P, was a young man with children who was going through separation proceedings with his wife. His wife, the complainant in this case, accused him of sexually assaulting her on two separate occasions.

CASE STUDY: Assault police officer, obstructing police officer

Mr. S was charged after he prevented a police officer from arresting an individual for being intoxicated at a public place. While obstructing the officer, Mr. S grabbed the arm of the police officer and tried to push the police officer.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault Charges in Peterborough

Our client was Mr. H, a middle-aged man working in an old age home with no prior criminal record. He was arrested on a charge of sexual assault in relation to allegations made by his workplace colleague.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault in Lindsay

Our client found himself facing serious criminal allegations when he was accused of touching a girl on the school bus. He was charged with sexual assault as a youth.

CASE STUDY: Uttering threat, Domestic assault

Our client, Ms. F, was the complainant in an incident with her common-law spouse. She called police, stating that her spouse had put his hand over her mouth and harassed her, with the intention of having him placed in a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

CASE STUDY: Assault x 3, Assault Causing Bodily Harm x 2, Assault with a Weapon

Mr. P was charged with six counts, including assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm. Ms. J accused Mr. P of choking her.

CASE STUDY: Assault Charges and Bail Hearing in Newmarket

Our client’s ability to come to Canada and obtain permanent resident status was put in serious jeopardy, however, when he was arrested and charged with assault.

CASE STUDY: Uttering Threats in Lindsay

The manager of the restaurant reported that Mr. C had made threatening remarks to fellow employees, expressing concerns about his own safety.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Spousal Assault in Belleville

The complainant alleged that a verbal altercation ensued, leading to Mr. D and the victim engaging in a physical dispute.

CASE STUDY: Charges Domestic Assault x2 in Oshawa

In the early fall of 2022, a verbal disagreement erupted between the complainant and Ms. G, revolving around household chores.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault in Milton

The complainant alleged that the accused had slapped him multiple times on various parts of his face, causing him to retreat to the bathroom and call 911.

CASE STUDY: Assault and Dangerous Driving Charges

Mr. E was a man with no criminal record, but was facing serious criminal allegations stemming from an alleged police pursuit. He was accused of fleeing from police by car and assaulting police with an axe. He found himself charged with flight from a peace officer, dangerous driving, and assaulting a peace officer.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving, Over 80, Criminal Harassment in Brampton

In order to negotiate a plea deal with the Crown, our lawyer aimed to raise doubt regarding the Crown’s reasonable prospect of conviction in this case.

CASE STUDY: Assault and Impaired Driving in Perth

Based on the circumstances, the goal of the client was to have all of the criminal charges withdrawn. This would mean that these new charges would not appear on his criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Drug Charges in Newmarket

The strategy to ensure that the client did not get a criminal conviction was, first, to negotiate for this outcome in the pre-trial proceedings.

CASE STUDY: Fraud Charges in Kitchener

The goal was to have the matter resolved such that the client would not get a criminal conviction and the charges would not appear on her criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Theft, Fraud Charges in Cobourg

Given her lack of previous criminal record, the client’s goal was to avoid a criminal record and jail time, while managing the cost of the process.

CASE STUDY: Theft, Mischief Charges in Brampton

The client’s goal was to resolve the charges in a way that would not harm her chances at being successful in her permanent residency application. For this, any result leading to no criminal conviction would have been advantageous.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Assault & Mischief Under $5,000

Ms. Q signed a peace bond for $1,000.00, payable only if she violated the law, possessed a weapon, was found at the grocery store the initial incident took place at, or contacted the couple involved in the fight. Her charges were dropped and she was free to put the unfortunate incident behind her.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Over 80

Getting the criminal charge of over 80 dropped was the priority. The Highway Traffic Act charges carried fines and penalties, but no criminal record. A plea deal to have the criminal charges dropped would be a fine option that avoided trial and saved the client money.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Over 80

While on his drive home from a charitable event, Mr. B was stopped by police in a RIDE check. He had consumed only a small number of drinks that evening, and they were spread out over several hours, but Mr. B was nervous because he rarely encounters police.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn- Driving With BAC Over 80

Mr. T’s ability to drive was central to his practice as a butcher. Farmers would contact Mr. T in emergencies where livestock needed to be put down and butchered quickly and losing his ability to travel for work would be financially devastating.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Domestic Assault

When an incident happens between two people in private, the case is often a complicated battle between two sides of the story.

CASE STUDY: Indecent Act – Charge withdrawn

The allegations consisted of Mr. B attending a private parking lot where he removed some of his clothing and began to masturbate while looking out on the street.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Mischief Under $5,000

Mr. H had no criminal record at the time the incident occurred. We did not want to see Mr. H end up with a criminal record when he was acting out of confusion and intoxication, and so we would seek to have the Crown withdraw the charges in favour of non-criminal diversions.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Drug Trafficking

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.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Uttering Threats

When two people in a long-term relationship have a heated fight, emotions often run high and both sides can feel that the other side wronged them in some way. In 2018 Mr. C and his partner got into one such argument.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Assault

Phil’s strategy was to propose this agreement to the Crown. Mr. F participating in some form of counselling or education in exchange for a withdrawal and peace bond.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawal for Peace Bond – Domestic Assault and Failure to Comply with Conditions

We began supporting Mr. M not after his initial charge of assault, but after his failure to comply charge. He had been charged with assault in the domestic context after a small argument with his girlfriend, during which she alleged he shoved her. He was released on a promise to appear before the court, and one of the conditions of the release was to avoid contact with the complainant.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Assault

One October night, Mr. M, his ex, and their friends Ms. M and Ms. S, were out on the town. Despite the intentions of Mr. M and his ex to remain friends, Ms. M and Ms. S were unsupportive.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Conspiracy to Trafficking a Schedule I Controlled Substance

An investigation by the OPP for over a year led to the arrest and charging of four individuals, including Mr. G. Over $60,000 in controlled substances were seized. While the other three were charged with possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to traffic, Mr. G was charged only with conspiracy to traffic. He asserted his innocence from the beginning.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn for Peace Bond – Mischief Under $5,000

Mr. R was detained by security guards at an entertainment venue late one August evening after he and another party were separated for a consensual fight. Mr. R was injured after the fight and was treated for his injuries by EMS, but subsequently placed in the venue’s holding cells. Security alleges that while Mr. R was in the holding cell he repeatedly kicked the door, damaging both the door and the frame.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawal & Peace Bond – Assault

Late one May afternoon in Markham Mr. B and Mr. H became engaged in an altercation while pulled over on the side of the road; a bit of ‘road rage’. During the argument Mr. H. wound up on the ground and Mr. B struck him repeatedly on the shoulder. After the argument ended Mr. B drove away, and Mr. H contacted the police.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Possession of a Controlled Substance

During the search the officer found one container of marijuana belonging to Ms. C and one bag of marijuana belonging to Ms. S. In the glove compartment the officer found a small bag of white powder, which upon testing was revealed to be cocaine. The two were charged and read their right to counsel. This is where Ms. C and the officer’s recollection of the events diverge.

CASE STUDY: Drug-Related Offences, Proceeds of Crime, & Breach of Probation

Mid-afternoon in the summer, a police officer stopped a suspicious vehicle with two passengers and a dog inside. The passengers were identified as Ms. S and Ms. G and the vehicle was registered as stolen. Mr. G was driving at the time and Ms. S was in the passenger seat. The dog and two bags were in the back seat.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault x2 & Mischief Under x2 – Charges Withdrawn

After multiple complaints to police made by Mr. H.s spouse, charges of domestic assault and mischief were laid. The allegations consisted of Mr. H damaging the complainant’s property as well as pushing his wife, grabbing her by the throat and choking. Additionally, the allegations were that the assaults took place while Ms. H was pregnant.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault x2 in Eastern Ontario

The Crown’s evidence stated Mr. L would manipulate the much younger complainant, often orchestrating alcohol fueled get-togethers where the complainant was allegedly sexually assaulted while he was intoxicated.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault

The sexual assault charge was withdrawn at the request of the Crown. Mr. F entered into a s. 810 peace bond which essentially required him to have no contact with the complainant for a period of one year.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 and Impaired Operation in Napanee

Our client Ms. G was operating an ATV when she struck a tree, sustaining major injuries to her head with a large cut. Charges were laid two months later after a blood analysis confirmed our client had alcohol in her body while she was operating the ATV.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault x3, Criminal Harassment, Mischief Under & Theft Under – Charges Withdrawn

After a review of all disclosure materials with Mr. C it was evident that the complainant came forward with false allegations.

CASE STUDY: Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, Drive Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available & Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes

The officer made inquiries on the roadside and was quickly granted authorization under the Tobacco Tax to search the entire vehicle.

CASE STUDY: Domestic Assault – Withdrawn

After discussions with the Crown as well as Ms. L, it was agreed that after Ms. L completes anger management counselling her charges will be withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Operation and Over 80-No Conviction

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.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault – Withdrawn

The charge of sexual assault was withdrawn after there were extensive negotiations with the Crown Attorney’s office.

CASE STUDY: Assault with a Weapon (Knife) and Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public – Charges Withdrawn

We took advantage of all available avenues and in the end, after multiple meetings with the Crown, we were able to have the charges withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Charge Withdrawn – Voyeurism

Our client faced a criminal record and a jail sentence, but had hopes of studying law. Our client obtained a peace bond and charges were withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Charge Withdrawn – Arson

The objective was to establish doubts in the evidence presnted by the Crown, and have the charges withdrawn. This was done successfully.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Resist Arrest, Assault Police Officer

We did not want to put our senior client through the stress of a trial. We got both charges withdrawn and our client kept his spotless criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawal, No Conviction – Assault Charges

Our client had stable employment that would have been jeopardized with a criminal record. We were able to get the charges withdrawn.

CASE STUDY: Withdrawn and No Record – Mischief to Data Under $5,000

Our client was a working professional. Charges were withdrawn and the client was able to avoid a criminal record that would have adversely affected her job.

CASE STUDY: Conviction appeal – Failing to comply with the regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act

We successfully appealed our client’s conviction. This was a novel issue that had not previously been decided and was reported in a reputable law journal.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 – Charge Withdrawn and No Criminal Record

Our client, a young first time offender with hopes of attending university and starting a career, was able to avoid a criminal record as well as implications for his driver’s license.

CASE STUDY: Sexual Assault in Peterborough

Mr. C came to our office in a state of panic. He had been accused of sexual assault stemming from a sexual encounter with an acquaintance that he was adamant had been, at all times, consensual.

CASE STUDY: Impaired, Over 80

Our client, a young man, aged 34 found himself in difficulties with the police, and retained me to assist with his file.

CASE STUDY: Careless Use of a Firearm

At the time of being charged, our client was an elderly 67 year old gentleman, who had a seasonal property in the rural Peterborough area. Mr. L and his wife came to see me regarding the upsetting situation they found themselves in with the Peterborough Ontario Provincial Police.

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.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Impaired Driving, Over 80 mg, and Dangerous Driving

On a frigid January night, just before midnight, an officer in an unmarked car saw two snowmobiles, one on the shoulder of the road and one on its side in the ditch. As he approached, the driver of the downed snowmobile was able to right his machine and drive it to the shoulder. The other snowmobiler waved the officer on, not aware of who he was.

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