Criminal Defence Lawyer Calgary

Charges Withdrawn in Repeated Domestic Violence

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.266 x 2 – Assault, s.264.1 x 2 – Uttering Threats, s.145(2) – Fail to Attend Court, s.264(2) – Criminal Harassment, s.145(3) – Breach Recognizance x 2

Allegations:

My client assaulted his girlfriend on two separate occasions, failed to attend court, and breached his conditions of release by threatening and harassing her.

Result:

He was sentenced to one day on the breaches and entered into a peace bond in relation to the substantive charges.…

All Charges Withdrawn in Violent Attack with a Knife While on Bail for Stabbing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

Stabbing Charge Reduced to a Weapon Offence and a Fine

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.267(a) – Assault with a Weapon, s.267(b) – Assault Causing Bodily Harm, 145(3) – Breach of Recognizance

Allegations:

Following an altercation with some guys at a house party, my client returned to his residence, retrieved a kitchen knife, and returned to the residence in order to confront a particular individual. During a fight, out on a sidewalk, with two other guys, my client stabbed one of them with this knife in the gut. He was on bail for another incident (also involving an assault with a knife) at the time of this offence, and therefore was in breach of his release conditions.

Result:

On the day of trial, my client accepted the Crown’s proposal to resolve by way of guilty pleas to “possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose” and the breach. All other charges were withdrawn. He paid fines totalling $750. No jail.…

Violent Offender Gets Probation Again for Attacking Police While on Release

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.270(1)(a) – Assault Peace Officer, s.129(a) – Obstruct Peace Officer, s.264.1(1)(a) – Uttering Death Threats, s.733.1(1) – Breach Probation

Allegations:

My client was observed by police to be acting beligerantly with security staff at the Drop-In Centre. The police intervened and tried to get him to leave. My client, who was extremely intoxicated, began to fight with the police and threatened to kill them, as well as several D.I. patrons. He was swearing, yelling, spitting and acting completely out of control, so the police tasered him a couple of times. He had just been released from custody that day for other violent offences, including assault causing bodily harm. He was also bound by a probation order.

Result:

He received a sentence of time served in pre-trial custody, followed by another probation order, requiring him to attend for residential treatment for his alcohol addiction and other personal issues.…

Serious Violent Offender Gets Probation and Charges Withdrawn

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

1) CC: s.267(B) – Assault Causing Bodily Harm; 2) Assault with a Weapon x 2, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Breach of Undertaking x 2.

Allegations:

My client had two separate sets of charges. First, my client admitted to punching and kicking the victim to the point of unconsciousness. Then, five days later, while on release for the first offence, he attacked two other people, by striking them in the head with a rock inside a sock, knocking one unconscious and sending both to the hospital.

Result:

Regarding the first offence, he pleaded guilty and received a sentence of time served (42 days) in pre-trial custody, followed by a period of probation. Considering his criminal record, the Crown was seeking a lengthier period of incarceration. Regarding the second set of charges, he pleaded “not guilty.” The victims were unable to be located for the purpose of serving them with a subpoena to attend the trial. Consequently, all charges were withdrawn.…

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.…

Violent Man Gets 3 Months & Probation For Tormenting Girlfriend

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.348(1)(b)/266 – Break and Enter and Commit Assault, s.266 – Assault, s.264.1(1)(a) – Uttering Death Threats, s.430(1)(a) – Mischief; PAFVA: s.13.1(1)(a) x 12 – Breach of Emergency Protection Order.

Allegations:

My client had just gotten out of jail, after serving a two-month sentence for assaulting his girlfriend. He went straight to her residence, contrary to the provisions of an Emergency Protection Order. A physical altercation ensued, during which he forced her to the floor, took the phone from her, ripped her hair out and punched her in the face several times. He threatened to kill her if she tried to call the police. She calmed him down. He then left to meet up with a friend to do some business. While he was out, she called 911. He returned shortly thereafter. She locked herself in the bathroom. He kicked in her front door and found her to be on the phone with the police, so he fled the residence, vowing to kill her, as he fled. She suffered numerous injuries. He had also assaulted her the year before and threatened to burn down her entire apartment building. She has an ongoing fear that he will in fact kill her. Two days later, he showed up at her front door and was trying to get in. She did not respond. Instead, she called 911 again. While waiting for the police to arrive, he sent her numerous sexual messages, followed by threatening text messages, including the following words: “I’ll be waiting for you in the darkness when you leave to go to work. I’m going to knock you right the fuck out and drag your lifeless body into my world. I hate you with a passion…Hope you’re ready to die, you greedy fucked slut. See you in the morning. I’m gonna smash your fucking brains in, pull your dead corpse back upstairs and take everything you have. You’re dead as soon as you come outside!!! DEAD!!! You ruined my life…I can’t wait to ejaculate over your dead body. You’ve got me out on the streets for the last time. I’m gonna make sure you lose everything.” He was arrested later that day. While in the Remand Centre, he attempted to contact her at least 10 more times.

Result:

In advance of the trial date, I persuaded the Crown to withdraw the B&E charge, and to agree to time served (3 months), followed by probation for one year, with a focus on mental health counseling. The judge refused to accept the joint proposal and sentenced him to an additional 3 months, followed by probation for 18 months. My client had a lengthy and related criminal record, including two prior convictions for assaulting and threatening to kill the same victim.…

No Jail for Violent Attack on Girlfriend and Car Chase Hit & Run

  • 8 April 2015
Charge(s):

CC: s.252(1)(b) – Hit and Run, s.266 – Assault, s.249(1)(a) – Dangerous Driving

Allegations:

My client met with his ex-girlfriend and her friend in a parking lot. He became enraged with her, swore at her and threatened her, then punched her in the face several times through her car window. When her friend tried to drive away, he pursued them in his truck, initially blocking their path, then chasing after them and overtaking them at a red light. When they tried to escape, by driving away in reverse, he chased after them, also in reverse, smashed into the front end of their vehicle, and then fled the scene.

Result:

On the day of trial, the complainant showed up, so he changed his plea to guilty on the assault and hit and run charges. The Crown withdrew the more serious dangerous driving charge. He paid a fine for his actions, compensated the owner of the vehicle for the cost of the insurance deductible and was placed on probation for one year. No jail.…

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