Criminal Defence Lawyer Calgary

3rd Conviction for Sophisticated Marijuana Grow-Op – No Jail Again

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.7 – Production of Marijuana

Allegations:

My client was operating a sophisticated hydroponics marijuana grow operation, hidden within the walls in his basement. The operation was new and only 7 plants were seized.

Result:

Due to my client having two prior convictions on his record for marijuana grow-ops, the Crown was seeking a custodial sentence. However, the judge agreed with my submissions instead, that incarceration was not required in my client’s particular circumstances, and imposed a fine of $1000 and a period of probation, with the only condition being that he attend for some personal counseling to address an unresolved issue from his past. No jail.…

Drug Charge Withdrawn

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.4(1) – Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana)

Allegations:

My client was visiting an inmate at the Drumheller Penitentiary. When passing through their scanning instruments, he was found to have had recent contact with certain drugs, including opiates and morphine. A service dog was dispatched and demonstrated interest in his pockets, so my client was searched. A subsequent search of his vehicle in the parking lot revealed a couple of grams of marijuana.

Result:

I negotiated with the federal Crown the withdrawal of this charge on the basis of the search of his vehicle being highly suspect. No criminal conviction.…

Charges Withdrawn at Prelim on Sophisticated Marijuana Grow-Op

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.7(1) – Production (Marijuana Grow Op), s.5(2) – Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Allegations:

My client was involved in a marijuana grow operation, located within one of his barns on his rural property. Police found a sophisticated grow-op, consisting of equipment, drug paraphernalia and 63 marijuana plants. He has a criminal record, which included one prior conviction for drug trafficking.

Result:

On the day scheduled for the Preliminary Inquiry, I convinced the Crown that there was insufficient evidence to warrant committing this matter to trial. He agreed and withdrew all charges against my client. No criminal convictions.…

No Jail Again for Repeat Drug Dealer

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.5(1) – Drug Trafficking

Allegations:

The police drove by and observed my client selling marijuana. He had five prior convictions on his record.

Result:

The Crown stayed the charge on the day of trial, upon proof of payment by my client of a $100 charitable donation. No criminal conviction.…

Drug & Weapon Charges Withdrawn

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.4(1) – Possession of Crack Cocaine, s.5(2) – Possession of Cannabis Resin for the Purpose of Trafficking; CC: s.354 – Proceeds of Crime, s.90(1) – Carry a Concealed Weapon

Allegations:

My client was pulled over for speeding and committing other traffic violations. The police saw a baggie containing hashish in his center console. After being arrested and searched, the police found a knife, other drug paraphernalia and some crack cocaine.

Result:

I negotiated a referral to the Federal Alternative Measures Program. My client performed 40 hours of community service work and all of the criminal charges were withdrawn. No criminal convictions.…

Drug Charges Withdrawn

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.4(1) – Possession of a Controlled Substance

Allegations:

My client was pulled over while driving for some traffic violation. The police could smell fresh marijuana. He was arrested and searched. They found a total of 15 grams of marijuana, and an extensive amount of drug paraphernalia, including rolling papers, rollers, glass pipes, a bong, grinders, flavor drops, and an electric vaporizer.

Result:

He was referred to the Extra-Judicial Sanctions program, where he performed some community service hours and then the charge was withdrawn. No criminal conviction.…

Notorious Drug Dealer Gets a CSO

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.5(2) – Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking

Allegations:

My client was selling drugs from his parked vehicle. In addition to finding approx. 50 grams of marihuana, police also found numerous drug paraphernalia, indicative of trafficking, plus nearly $1500 cash in small bills.

Result:

The Crown was seeking a period of incarceration. He had a lengthy and related criminal record, including 25 prior convictions. He received a Conditional Sentence Order for 3 months, followed by probation for 6 months. No Jail.…

No Jail for Crack, Heroin and Meth Dealer

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.5(2) – Possession of Crack Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking; CC: s.354: Proceeds of Crime, 145(3) – Breach of Recognizance

Allegations:

During the course of an ongoing drug investigation against an associate of my client, and after witnessing four separate drug transactions, the police pulled over my client, who was driving this associate’s vehicle at the time. She was a suspended driver and did not possess a driver’s license. The associate ran away. He was chased and caught by the police, who beat the #&@! out of him. My client was taken into custody without incident. A search incident to arrest revealed that my client was in possession of over $2800 cash and some crack cocaine. Located in the vehicle was drug paraphernelia and evidence of trafficking. On the co-accused was found nearly $1600 in cash, a loaded handgun (that had been reported stolen from a local shooting centre), 12 grams of crack cocaine, 14 grams of heroin, 1 gram of meth and other drug paraphernelia. A search warrant, executed on their hotel room, led to the seizure of boxes of ammunition and more drug paraphernelia.

Result:

Prior to trial, my client accepted the Crown’s resolution proposal and tendered pleas of guilty to the lesser and included offence of 4(1) – simple possession, rather than PPT, and to the breach for not reporting to probation as directed. She received fines totalling $600. No jail.…

All Charges Withdrawn in Violent Attack with a Knife While on Bail for Stabbing

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.88(1) – Possession of a weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, s.266 – Assault, s.267(a) – Assault with a Weapon, s.264.1 – Uttering Death Threats, s.430(4) – Mischief, s.145(3) x 4 – Breach of Recognizance; CDSA; s.4(1) – Possession of a Controlled Substance

Allegations:

My client entered his girlfriend’s bedroom (in his house) and found her in bed with his friend and roommate. He became enraged and attacked both of them by throwing his girlfriend and repeatedly punching his friend and trying to choke him. He then smashed his friend’s laptop computer and struck him by throwing glass mugs at him. He then produced a knife and threatened to kill him. The police attended and found some marijuana in my client’s room. He was on bail for allegedly stabbing another person at the time of this incident.

Result:

On the day of trial, none of the witnesses appeared, therefore the Crown entered a Stay of Proceedings in relation to all charges against my client. No criminal convictions.…

Crack Dealer gets a CSO

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CDSA: s.5(2) – Possession for the Purpose of trafficking (crack cocaine), s.4(1) – Possession (Marijuana); CC: s.354: Proceeds of Crime, 129(a) – Resisting arrest, 145(2)(a) – Failure to Attend Court.

Allegations:

My client was selling crack cocaine in a back corner of the Cecil Tavern. A search incident to arrest revealed that he had some marijuana on his person, as well as a total of 49 rocks of crack cocaine. He was combative with police during his arrest. He subsequently failed to attend court and a warrant for his arrest issued.

Result:

The Crown was initially seeking a custodial sentence in the range for a penitentiary term of imprisonment. He ended up receiving a conditional sentence order for 18 months, with conditions including house arrest for 6 months. No jail.…

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