Criminal Defence Lawyer Calgary

Charges Withdrawn Because Accused Too Drunk

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.430(1)(a) – Mischief; GLA: s.115(1) – Public Intoxication, s.UHRRR: s.107(1) – Tampering with a Motor Vehicle

Allegations:

My client, while extremely intoxicated and under the influence of narcotics, was seen stumbling around through a residential neighbourhood. When asked to get off someone’s property, my client approached their front door and attempted to confront them. The home owners locked themselves inside and called the police, while my client banged on their front door and damaged their garage door. He was then observed to be pulling at the door handles to their truck, with his pants down. When police arrived, he was still trying to get into their truck. While being transported to the police station, my client defecated and urinated himself and vomitted repeatedly.

Result:

I tendered pleas of “not guilty” to all charges and scheduled a trial date. On the day of trial, the Crown entered a Stay of Proceedings, efectively withdrawing the criminal charge, as well as the tickets. I had persuaded the Crown that because this was an offence of specific mens rea, and because he was certainly in a state of advanced intoxication, he could not possibly have formed the requisite intent to commit this particular criminal offence. No criminal convictions.


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.


Time Served & Probation for Multiple High Speed Chases & Stolen Property

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: 129(a) – Obstruct Peace Officer, s.334(b) – Theft x 2, s.249.1(1) – Fail to Stop Motor Vehicle in order to Evade a Peace Officer, s.430(1)(a) – Mischief, s.355(b) – Possession of Stolen Property – s.145(5) Fail to Attend Court x 3; TSA: s.53(1)(b) – Display unauthorized licence plate x 2, s.54(1)(a) – Drive without Insurance, s.94(2) – Drive while unauthorized x 3; s.166(2)(c) – Fail to Remain Stopped until Permitted to Leave by Peace Officer – PTA: s.2(1)(a) – Trespassing.

Allegations:

After having served numerous months in prison for engaging the police in a high speed car chase with his five year-old son as a passenger, my client became homeless, jobless and alone, surviving on the streets by stealing and squatting in other people’s property. After stealing gasoline, my client was pursued by the police. He initially pulled over, but then accelarated as the police officer approached his vehicle. The officer gave chase, but my client got away. 30 minutes later, the police caught up to him and again, he escaped after a high speed chase. My client had warrants for his arrest, he had no insurance and his license had been suspended for failing to pay child support. While on release for these offences, he stole a camping trailer, in order to have a place to live. Again, while on release, the police tried to detain my client for driving a vehicle with a license plate that belonged to a different vehicle. My client initially pulled over, but then sped away when the officer approached his window, causing the officer to run after the vehicle. He then engaged the police in a high speed chase, resulting in his escape, only to be tracked down and arrested shortly therafter. Again, while on release, my client continued to drive while unauthorized and with a licence plate that belonged to a different vehicle. He also failed to attend court on a few occasions. The final incident which caused him to remain detained until disposition is that he was found living inside someone’s camping trailer within the grounds of the storage facility. When the owner went to check on her trailer, she noticed that someone appeared to living inside. The police located my client hiding in the bathroom at the rear of the trailer. My client confessed to all of his crimes during police interviews.

Result:

A Pre-Sentence Report and a Psychological Assessment were completed prior to sentencing. He was sentenced to one day, no warrant of committal, taking into account nearly four months of pre-trial custody, followed by a period of probation for 18 months. He was also required to pay several fines in relation to the traffic safety offences.


Community Service Hours for Extensive Graffitti

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.430(1)(a) – Mischief x 7, RSA: s.41(1)(1) – Trespassing on Railway Property

Allegations:

My client spray painted a number of property items around Calgary, including a fence, cement barriers, and a bridge. One year later, he was caught on CPR property in rural Alberta, having spray painted several railway cars on different occasions.

Result:

My client received a suspended sentence and probation for a period of one year, with a condition that he perform community service hours by assisting the City of Calgary to remove grafitti around the city. The Crown was initially seeking restitution in an amount exceeding $15,000. No restitution was ordered.


Aggressive Drunk and Suspended Driver in Stolen Car Gets a CSO

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.253(1)(a) – Impaired driving, s.253(a)(b) – Driving while over .08%, s.403(a) – Personation, s.129(a) – Obstructing a Peace Officer, s.334(b) – Theft, s.264.1(1)(a) – Uttering Threats, s.259(4) – Drive while disqualified, s.145(5) – Fail to attend for identification; TSA: s.94(2) – No insurance, s.167 – No registration, s.94(2) – Drive while unauthorized.

Allegations:

My client lunged at his ex-girlfriend and threatened to beat her and abandon her outside of town for disrespecting him. He was also caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, lying to police about his name, breaching his terms of release, stealing from his friend, and a number of traffic violations.

Result:

He had a lengthy and related criminal record. The Crown was seeking a period of incarceration in the range of 7 months in jail, plus significant fines. He received a Conditional Sentence Order, with probation. No jail.


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