Child Pornography Possession – Avoiding Hard Time

The 39-year-old accused pleaded guilty to having possessed 3 images of child pornography. Defence Action We carefully worked with our client exploring his background and counselling. At the sentencing hearing, we effectively emphasized the mitigating circumstances which included: his youth, lack of criminal record and openness to rehabilitative counselling. We submitted that he could serve a jail sentence in the …

Sexual Assault – Acquittal

The client was charged with sexual assault with a weapon. He had been involved in a romantic relationship with a person. One morning he went over to her apartment to ask that they no longer see each other. He was accused of performing sexual acts against the complainant’s will while holding a knife against her throat. Defence Action He entered …

Greatly Reduced Sentence Due To Indigenous Heritage

The accused drove his vehicle through the front window of a 7-Eleven Retail Store in Salmon Arm, BC. He exited his vehicle inside the store, poured gas into the cab and, after making inquiries as to everyone being out of the store, threw a match into the vehicle. The fire spread quickly and destroyed the entire building. Some vehicles were …

Uttering Threats – Acquittal

The client was charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and mischief. On the day in question, he was served with legal documents by a process server on his property. He was accused of threatening this individual and kicking his vehicle. Defence Action Ms. Verdurmen questioned the process server and police officers involved with the file. Her …

Stolen Vehicle & Firearm Possession – Charges Dropped

The client was observed trying to get a truck unstuck of a property full of snow. Police were called and arrested the person for being in possession of a stolen vehicle as well as having in his possession a firearm. The person was incarcerated while waiting for his trial. Defence Action Ms. Verdurmen had the client’s detention reviewed in British …

Immediate Roadside Prohibition – Overturned

The client was observed by a police officer in the driver’s seat of a truck next to a mailbox. His friend was in the passenger seat. The client provided breath samples and was arrested for drinking and driving. Defence Action Ms. Verdurmen argued to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles that the police officer was unable to observe that the person …

Sexual Assault – Acquittal

Our client was alleged to have engaged in sexual activity without the consent of the complainant. The trial involved evidence of a friendship, which during the day and evening of drinking, resulted in sexual activity. The issues of consent, intoxication and the credibility or reliability of witnesses was squarely before the court. Defence Action We worked hard analyzing the disclosure …

Manslaughter – Acquittal

The accused had been visiting his mother in a trailer over a holiday weekend. The deceased had previously been in a relationship with the mother. Over the course of the weekend, he had approached a trailer wherein the accused, his mother, and others were socializing. The deceased tried to force his way in through the door and in doing so, …

Laptop Seizure – Acquittal – Illegal Search

Here the accused was found near a firehall in the Sorrento area at night. Police had attended the firehall to check the truck to determine its registration that it was not stolen and to determine the sobriety of the driver. When the police approached the truck, the driver continued for 50 meters before they stopped. The police executed a high-risk …

Drug Seizure – Acquittal – Illegal Search

There is an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench case where individuals in a Ford F150 vehicle from the Salmon Arm area were passing through Edmonton and were stopped by police and based on observations on the vehicle and its driver and two passengers, some drugs and money were seized. Defence Action Defence argument was that the police did not have …