Regina v. T.J.C. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – January 2017] – Theft Over

Section 334(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada – Theft over $5000 T.J.C. was charged with theft over $5,000 as a consequence of multiple fictitious debit transactions at his retail job. This was a traditional “theft from employer” case, where jail is almost always the inevitable result of a finding of guilt. This case was particularly challenging as the accused, having chosen not …

Regina v. S.S.C. [February 2017] – Impaired Driving by Drug

S.S.C. was involved in a collision with another motor vehicle. The police were called and attended to S.S.C., who was still positioned in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The officer observed indicia of impairment and demanded that S.S.C. comply with the Standard Field Sobriety Test (S.F.S.T.). The S.F.S.T. is a battery of physical co-ordination tests that take place on …

Regina v. P.M.S. [February 2017] – Impaired Driving – Care and Control

Section 253(a) and Section 253(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada – Care and Control impaired driving An R.C.M.P. officer found P.M.S. sleeping at the wheel of a running motor vehicle outside a local drinking establishment. The officer, purportedly out of concern for P.M.S.’s safety, woke P.M.S. from his sleep. The officer identified a number of indicia of impairment and arrested …

Regina v. C.R.S. [Provincial Court of Alberta – June 2017] – Firearms and Drugs

Firearms offences – Drug offences – Fentanyl – The Calgary Police Service received multiple complaints from neighbours in relation to a residence in an affluent area of Calgary.  The neighbours also made multiple complaints through SCAN (Safer communities and neighbourhoods act).  The house was purported to have been frequented by unsavoury individuals who were well known to the police.  Moreover, a …

Regina v. R.M.M. [March 2017] – Arson – Manufacturing of Drugs

Section 433 of the Criminal Code of Canada – Arson – Section 7 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act- The Calgary Police Service and Calgary Fire Department responded late one night to a an explosion and fire at R.M.M.’s residence.  The house was occupied by five other people, but only R.M.M. received injuries. The fire department was successful at putting out the …

Regina v. I.L.D. [ February 2017] – Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving – Section 249 of the Criminal Code of Canada I.L.D. was on his way to his first day on the job when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident.   A multitude of civilian witnesses observed I.L.D.’s vehicle speed through a playground zone and rear end a minivan.  All witnesses confirmed that I.L.D. did not even apply his brakes before …

Regina v. S.R.T. [April 2017] – Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle

Section 253(a) of the Criminal Code of Canda – Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle S.R.T. got into a verbal altercation with his common-law partner and she ultimately locked him out of their home.  Consequently, he sat in his vehicle.  An interested neighbour watched the occurrence from his nearby window.  The neighbour observed the vehicle drive onto the lawn and S.R.T. …

Regina v. D.T. [Provincial Court of Alberta– October 2016] – Sexual Assault

D.T., a professional with a very successful career, was in the midst of divorce proceedings with his wife, with whom he had a 4-year-old daughter. D.T., his soon to be ex-wife, and their daughter lived in the same house as they could not come to an agreement on who would move out until the divorce was finalized. Not surprisingly, this …