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. B.H. [2017] – Client, a professional executive, is charges with workplace related Fraud Over $5000 and Theft Over $5000 by engaging in deceptive business practices placing his employer at financial risk. Client allegedly diverted funds in excess of $45,000 intended for employer into personal account. Case is discussed with senior Crown over a period of 18 months. Crown Prosecutor and defence jointly propose a period of probation with no custody – SUSPENDED SENTENCE and NO JAIL

R. v. O.M. [2017] – Client charged with workplace Fraud Over $5000 relating to her accounting position for a public institution. Government alleges extended fraud over 3-year period involving forged cheques, credit cards, and thefts of cash in an amount nearing $400,000. Following nearly 18 months of negotiation with Crown counsel, a rehabilitation plan, and strong family support, judge agrees with our submission for house arrest with no electronic monitoring and no probation. Client is sentenced to 2 years less a day house arrest and a stand-alone restitution order. – CONDITIONAL SENTENCE and NO PRISON

R. v. S.R. [2017] – Client charged with Breach of Trust Fraud Under $5000 following arrest at a major fashion retailer. Allegations include misuse of customer information and gift card fraud. Client made inculpatory statements to police. Numerous personal circumstances are brought to government’s attention by our office. Following discussions with Crown counsel, the support of client’s family, and significant rehabilitative steps, the Crown drops all charges against our client. – CHARGES WITHDRAWN AND NO CRIMINAL RECORD

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.R. [2014] – Client charged with workplace Fraud Over $5000 alleging the submission of false time-sheets for fictitious employees over a 3 year period. Company claims losses in excess of $100,000, and the Crown is asking for jail in the reformatory range of two years less a day. Following extensive sentencing submissions, client gets house arrest with no electronic monitoring – CONDITIONAL SENTENCE and NO PRISON

R. v. M.B. [2013] – Client charged with Fraud Over $5000 and Uttering Forged Documents related to a Breach of Trust at the workplace involving the submission of false invoices over a 4 year period. Total losses to company and insurance exceed $350,000. No restitution is made. Prosecutor requested 3 to 5 year penitentiary sentence. Following several days of sentencing submissions, client gets house arrest and is able to keep his current job. Case noted in national legal sentencing journal – CONDITIONAL SENTENCE and NO PRISON

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. V.G. [2012] – Client was charged with Fraud Under $5000. Police alleged that client had racked up a massive retail shopping bill while fraudulently in possession of someone else’s credit card. Following discussions with the Crown, the client participated in a rehabilitative plan and agreed to enter into a peace bond to not have anyone else’s credit cards in her possession. – CHARGES WITHDRAWN AND NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. T.P. [2011] – While employed as a cashier at a major retailer, university student Client allegedly participated in scheme where co-accused would pretend to purchase items or gift cards that Client would not scan or cash in. Client was charged with Breach of Trust related Fraud Under $5000 and Theft Under $5000. Following discussions with the prosecutor, client completed extensive diversion program and all charges were eventually dropped. CHARGES WITHDRAWN – NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. M.K. [2011] – While employed as an assistant manager at a major retail store, Client was accused of Breach of Trust Fraud following a police investigation into missing merchandise and the discounted sale of store gift cards on the internet.  The joint police and store investigation resulted in charges of Fraud Under $5000 and Theft Under $5000 being laid against the Client, who upon being charged made several admissions to the police.  Following discussions with the prosecutor, a joint submission for a conditional discharge was accepted by the court.  CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE – NO JAIL – NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. C.R. [2011] – While managing a restaurant, Client was accused of obtaining and using a customer’s credit card on various occasions to defraud several businesses including a bank.  The police alleged that over a dozen different transactions took place over a several day period and proceeded to lay over a dozen fraud related charges including Unlawful Possession of a Credit Card, Unlawful Use of a Credit Card, and Fraud Under $5000.  Following a review of the case and discussions with the prosecutor, all charges against the Client were eventually withdrawn. CHARGES WITHDRAWN – NO CRIMINAL RECORD

R. v. M.D. [2010] – Client charged with over a dozen counts of Breach of Trust related Fraud Under $5000 relating to his position as general manager of major retail store resulting in allegations of losses to the store totalling several thousands of dollars – Client admits responsibility to police – several personal mitigating factors contributing to Client’s behaviour – extensive sentencing hearing – Crown asking for jail and restitution – NO JAIL – SUSPENDED SENTENCE AND PROBATION – NO RESTITUTION ORDER

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