Criminal Defence Lawyer Calgary

Repeat Suspended Driver Gets 14 days

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.249(4) – Drive while Disqualified, TSA: s.94(2) – Drive while Unauthorized, CC: s.145(5) – Fail to Attend Court.

Allegations:

My client’s licence was suspended for an impaired conviction. A few months later, he was caught driving again. He had a long and related record, meaning that he has done this before. The Crown was initially seeking a period of jail for 30-60 days.

Result:

He received a sentence of 14 days, which he was able to serve on weekends only. That way, he could maintain his employment and not suffer any financial prejudice.


Repeat Offender Gets Lenient Sentence for B&E and Assault While Unlawfully At Large

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.266 – Assault, s.733.1(1) – Breach Probation x 4, s.145(1(b) – Escape Custody / Unlawfully at Large x 3, 145(3) – Breach Recognizance x 10, s.348(1)(a) – Break and Enter a welling house with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence, s.129(a) – Obstructing a Peace Officer.

Allegations:

My client failed to present himself, on three separate occasions, to the correctional facility where he was required to be a serving inmate on weekends. He was also on probation for prior convictions. He broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, assaulted her, and breached the conditions of several Court Orders, including violating the terms of his release numerous times.

Result:

He pleaded guilty to some of the breaches, the UAL’s and to the amended charge of being Unlawfully in a Dwelling House (instead of B&E). In the end, he received a jail sentence of only 90 days, minus the cumulative time he spent in pre-trial custody. Considering his lengthy criminal record, the input from the victim, and a negative pre-sentence report, this was a very lenient sentence. All other charges were withdrawn.


Charges Withdrawn for Death Threats and Misleading Police

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.264.1(1)(a) – Uttering threats, s.137 x 3 – Breach Youth Court Order, s.129(a) – Obstruct Police Officer by giving a false name, s.145(2)(a) – Fail to Attend Court.

Allegations:

My client was on probation for other offences when she attended at a party one night, in contravention of her conditions, and threatened to stab someone with a knife. She then lied to the police about her name when they arrested her.

Result:

All charges withdrawn on day of trial. No criminal convictions.


Peace Bond for Punching, Threatening and Choking Girlfriend

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.266 – Assault, s.145(3) – Breach Recognizance, s.145(2)(a) – Fail to Attend Court.

Allegations:

My client beat his girlfriend by punching her repeatedly and then choking her until she lost consciousness. He then threatened to kill her if she told anyone. He then violated the conditions of his release from custody and failed to attend court.

Result:

Peace Bond. All charges withdrawn. No criminal convictions.


No Jail for Car Theft, Vandalism, Dangerous Driving, Police Chase, etc.

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.348(1)(b) x 2 – Break and Enter and Commit Theft & Mischief, s.334(b) – Theft (motor vehicle), s.811 – Breach Peace Bond, s.145(3) – Breach Recognizance, s.137 x 6 – Breach Youth Court Order, s.249(1)(a) – Dangerous driving, s.249.1 – Flight from Police, s.355(b) – Possession of Stolen Property (motor vehicle), s.252(1)(b) – Hit & Run.

Allegations:

My client had numerous charges arising from various incidents. In essence, he broke into a school and stole some valuable property, then broke into a garage and vandalized some property, including a motor vehicle. He then stole a car and drove it into Calgary. After that car ran out of gas, he stole another car and met up with a friend who had stolen a car as well. They drove their stolen cars dangerously through residential neighborhoods, causing motor vehicle accidents and fleeing from the scene. He was pursued by police and was apprehended after a foot chase, using K-9 police dogs to find him hiding underneath a parked vehicle. At the time, he was out on bail for other outstanding charges. He was also on probation for previous convictions.

Result:

The Crown was seeking a lengthy period of incarceration. He received a sentence of deferred custody and supervision. Basically, he was put on probation again. No jail.


Drugs, Knife, Stolen Gun, Breaches – All Charges Withdrawn

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.4(1) – Possession of Methamphetamine; CC: s.86(2) – Transporting an unsecured rifle in a motor vehicle, s.355(b) – Possession of stolen property (rifle), s.145(3) x 2 – Breach recognizance

Allegations:

After my client was pulled over for traffic violations, police discovered that there were warrants for his arrest on other charges. A search incident to arrest of his vehicle revealed a bag of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a knife and a stolen rifle.

Result:

All charges were withdrawn on the day of trial. No criminal convictions.


Two years for Repeat Offender in Violent Robbery of Vehicle

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.344(b) – Robbery, s.268 – Aggravated Assault, s.246(a) – Choking, s.145(3) x 612 – Breach Recognizance, s.266 – Assault

Allegations:

After a drunken house party that turned into an armed conflict between two rival groups, my client and his friend attacked a person who was sleeping in his truck. They demanded the keys to his truck while holding a knife to his throat. Once out of the truck, and in the process of defending himself, the victim grabbed the blade of the knife, slicing his hand open. One punched and kicked the victim repeatedly while the other choked him with an extension cord. The victim suffered a severe concussion in addition to other physical injuries. After his friend drove away in the victim’s truck, my client returned to the house and acted as though nothing happened. While out on bail for these charges, my client breached his recognizance numerous times. In addition, only two weeks before his sentencing, he also assaulted his girlfriend again. The Crown was seeking more than 3 years incarceration.

Result:

He was sentenced to two years, followed by one year of probation.


Found Not Guilty in Horrific Home Invasion Robbery

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.344(b) – Robbery, s.348(1)(b) – Break and Enter and Commit Robbery (Home Invasion Robbery), s.145(3) – Breach of Recognizance; YCJA: s.137 x 5 – Breach of Youth Court Order; CC: s.279(2) – Unlawful Confinement, s.268 – Aggravated Assault

Allegations:

My client, and five of her companions, left Manitoba in a stolen truck and headed toward BC, committing a string of offences on the way, including numerous gas thefts. While in Saskatchewan, an RCMP officer attempted to stop them. They initially pulled over, and then sped away as the officer approached the vehicle. They evaded the police by engaging in a dangerous high-speed chase on gravel roads. While in Alberta, they were running low on fuel and entered a farmyard, belonging to the victim. Three of them approached the front door and inquired about where they might obtain some gasoline. An elderly woman, the sole occupant of the residence, let them in while she made some calls. Upon her return to the front porch, she was severely beaten and rendered unconscious. She fell down the stairs to the basement and was assaulted again repeatedly while she lay unconscious. At this point, the others entered the residence and ransacked her home, stealing numerous items and leaving a chainsaw in the hallway. She was tied up with a dog leash and an electrical cord. Inside her purse, they found the keys to her SUV. They ditched their stolen vehicle behind a barn and sped away in their new stolen vehicle, belonging to the elderly woman. As they drove through Alberta, they purchased items with the cash and credit cards that they stole from her. My client’s boyfriend got arrested in Medicine Hat, while the others were in McDonald’s, after a witness reported him assaulting her in the parking lot. The others continued driving to BC. My client was driving at a very high rate of speed when she failed to make a corner and rolled the vehicle several times. That is when they were all finally taken into custody.

Result:

I am the only lawyer who pleaded “not guilty” on behalf of my client to these charges, and insisted on taking it to trial. All of the co-accused pleaded guilty and received extremely high sentences. My client’s brother, who appeared to be the least culpable, received the maximum jail sentence allowable under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (three years jail, plus probation for two years). The other co-accused, because they were adults, received much higher sentences; the most culpable was sentenced to six years in prison. After conducting a lengthy trial, the judge found my client “not guilty” of all charges, but did find her guilty to the lesser and included offence of theft under (instead of robbery), and to being unlawfully in a dwelling house (instead of B&E). We ordered a Pre-Sentence Report and adjourned sentencing. I persuaded the Crown to join me in a recommendation for time served, plus probation with some community service hours. The only reason she spent five months in pre-trial custody is because she fired her last lawyer for not being able to get her out on bail. I negotiated her release within a couple of weeks of being retained. Unfortunately for my client, she went AWOL and did not present herself at her sentencing, and a warrant issued for her arrest.


Charges Withdrawn in Breaches of Emergency Protection Order

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

PFVA: s.13.1(1)(a) x 2 – Breaches of Emergency Protection Order

Allegations:

My client breached the terms of an emergency protection order by coming within a prohibited distance of his ex-wife.

Result:

I attended court in order to negotiate his release from custody. Instead, I managed to persuade the Crown to withdraw the charges! No criminal convictions.


No Jail for Suspended Driver Driving Super Drunk Again & Crashing

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.253(1)(a) – Impaired Driving, s.254(5) – Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample, s.145(5) – Failure to Attend Court, s.253(1)(b) – Driving with Over 80 mg alcohol in blood, s.253(1)(a) – Impaired Driving, s.430(1)(a) – Mischief; TSA: s.51(a) – Driving without a Valid Licence, s.54(1)(a) – Driving without Insurance.

Allegations:

My client’s licence was suspended for driving while under the influence of alcohol. A few days later, while driving under the influence again, he struck a parked vehicle and crashed into a fence. A witness called the police. They found him to be extremely intoxicated. He refused to provide a breath sample. He then failed to attend court. A few months later, he was caught driving while under the influence of alcohol again. This time, he blew a red light, right in front of the police. Again, he was extremely intoxicated. This time, he provided samples of his breath. His readings exceeded 2.5 times the legal limit. He urinated in the holding cell.

Result:

He pleaded guilty to the refusal and one impaired charge. Everything else was withdrawn. The Crown was seeking jail on the second impaired conviction. I argued against that, given that both convictions were being entered simultaneously. The judge agreed. He received the minimum fine of $1000 on the first impaired and $2500 on the second impaired. In addition, he was placed on probation for a period of one year, in order to address his problem with alcohol. No jail.


Gracia Law
100, 111 - 5th Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 3Y6
Phone: (403) 9754529 URL of Map