Regina v. C.D.L. [Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary – May 2017]

C.D.L. was alleged to have choked a friend of his to unconsciousness after a verbal dispute. Consequently, C.D.L. was charged with a multitude of violent offences. The Court takes choking cases very seriously, and a typical sentence usually includes a period of incarceration. The fact that this case involved choking to unconsciousness made incarceration very likely. The Crown was unwilling to resolve the matter without the entry of a criminal conviction. Consequently, not guilty pleas were entered and a trial date was scheduled. As is often the case, there were two versions of events, which were diametrically opposed. The matter was successfully resolved before trial by way of the withdrawal of all charges.