When someone is charged with a crime, the possible consequences of jail time, deportation, or a criminal record become all too real. With cases appearing in local newspapers and on the internet, there is also the risk of permanent damage to your reputation. When you hire an experienced lawyer, you get the benefit of a skill set that involves research, negotiation, and strategy. We will hear your story, examine the evidence, and give you a good sense of whether or not the Crown prosecutor will be able to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. We will explain the best possible outcome, and what steps need to be taken to protect your reputation and fight for your future. Below is a sampling of the firm’s cases:

R. v. S.H. [2015] – Clients, two university-age students with prior arrest history in the justice system are charged with Fraud Under $5000, Credit Card Fraud, and Uttering Forged Documents following allegations of multiple month shopping-spree throughout British Columbia involving stolen credit cards.  Government alleges clients conducted over 30 fraudulent transactions, with several thousand dollars in losses.  Following six-month negotiation period with the Crown, the judge accepts a joint recommendation for a Conditional Discharge with no criminal record–  CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE and NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. B.L. [2013] – Client charged with over 70 Fraud-related offences including Falsify Credit CardIdentity Theft, False Statement in Writing, Obtaining Credit by Fraud, and Personation, totalling several thousands of dollars. Client acknowledged using her position of trust as an admin to steal client data and take out credit cards in customer’s names. Credit cards are then used at casinos and retail stores. Prosecutor requested a period of custody. Following sentencing submissions, judge imposes a period of probation, citing client’s personal circumstances as “exceptional.” – SUSPENDED SENTENCE and NO JAIL

R. v. K.A. [2012] – Client charged with Fraud, Personation to Gain Advantage, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and Uttering Forged Documents. Police alleged that client participated in a complex combination of frauds involving targeting victims on Craigslist and committing identity theft using forged government documents. Our office re-interviewed police witnesses, obtained sworn affidavits, and assisted the prosecutor in concluding that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction against our client – CHARGES WITHDRAWN AND NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. S.P. [2010] – Client charged with Uttering Forged Documents and Forgery following extensive several year police investigation.  Police alleged that  Client used a false identity and forged documents to file a false refugee claim.  After the refugee claim was approved, Client alleged to have subsequently obtained benefits from the government.  Following discussions with a senior prosecutor, Client agrees to pay a $500 fine.  FINE and NO JAIL

R. v. M.E. [2010] – Client charged with several fraud related counts for allegedly presenting falsified documentation including forged pay stubs, letters of employment, and tax return filings in an attempt to secure a several thousand dollar tax refund.  Client was arrested at the scene and charged with Attempted Fraud Over $5000, Uttering Forged Documents, and Forgery.  In the disclosure video surveillance was provided.  Crown proceeded by Indictment, and Client faced possibility of several years imprisonment – CHARGES WITHDRAWN – NO CRIMINAL RECORD