Withdrawals, Peacebonds, etc.

Withdrawals and Peacebonds, etc.

Withdrawals and Peacebonds explained. Sometimes it is possible to negotiate an outright withdrawal of a criminal charge with the Crown Attorney. Such a proposal should be a carefully considered and planned one. Often times, when the Crown does agree to withdraw a criminal charge, it will in turn either ask that the client plead guilty to a non-criminal offence (as can happen in drinking and driving cases) or to enter into a peace bond – a court order to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and follow other conditions. A peace bond does not constitute an admission of guilt to a criminal offence but is generally a way of ensuring that an accused person will not get into a situation that will bring him before the courts again.


R. v. Mary Peel – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Mary was a successful business woman and had a beautiful family but she was having an extra-marital affair with a close family friend.  When she tried to end it trouble came about and she found herself charged with assault bodily harm and mischief to property. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case. Read this testimonial.

R. v. R.J. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Robert was charged with ‘mischief’ for vandalizing and destroying property at a Toronto parking lot. Robert maintained that he didn’t do anything wrong and was only trying to stop others from destroying property. He was captured on video by a security camera. The police insisted that it showed Robert vandalizing property. After a careful and thorough review of the videotape and several meetings with the Crown, the Crown eventually agreed with Mr. Pain that the videotape did not support their position and more likely supported Roberts position. Robert was exonerated. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case. Read this testimonial.

R v. J.L. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Jerry and his wife had a dispute one night and she called the police on him.  Jerry was charged with assault.  In an attempt to get the charges withdrawn, both retained separate lawyers.  Ultimately, the charge was withdrawn. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case. Read this testimonial.

R. v. C.B. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Carll Benson was dumped by his girlfriend.  He was a young man and it was his first serious relationship.  He was upset and confused.  He lashed out at her and found himself charged with threatening death.  After he got bail, he continued his behaviour towards her.  He found himself arrested and charged again. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case.

R. v. B.V.D. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Barbara Von Dirk was a young university student visiting Toronto for her friend’s wedding. She lived in Manitoba with her parents. During her trip to Toronto, she got extremely drunk and ended up assaulting a motorist sitting in his parked car and breaking his windshield. She was arrested, charged with assault and mischief, and taken to jail pending a bail hearing. Both Barbara and her parents were extremely concerned about her getting a criminal record. Barbara agreed to take counselling for alcohol abuse and pay for the damage to the car. The Crown agreed to withdraw the charge but wanted her to sign a peace bond. Barbara did not have the money to travel back to Toronto. The Crown was ultimately persuaded to withdraw the charge outright. Barbara avoided a criminal record and a trip back to Toronto. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case. Read this testimonial.

R v. B.C. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Butch Calloway worked at the airport.  One day, he found himself charged with ‘dangerous driving’.  As an avionics technician Butch required a high level of security clearance.  A criminal record would cause him to lose that clearance.  We were able to convince the Crown to take a plea to the non-criminal offence of ‘careless driving’ and withdraw the criminal offence of dangerous driving.  Butch avoided a criminal record and maintained his high security clearance. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case. Read this testimonial.

R. v. N.B. – Withdrawals and Peacebonds Case

Nathan Balilalingam was only in high school but his group of friends were particularly violent.  One day, he and his group of friends had a confrontation with another group of boys.  The end result was that Balilalingam was charged with pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, assault with a weapon, and uttering death threats.  At the preliminary hearing stage, he was committed to trial on all charges.  The defence’s argued that there was no evidence that Balilalingam was a party to any of the offences. When the court rejected this argument, he defence brought an application to have the preliminary hearing judge’s decision reversed. Upon reading the application materials, the Crown withdrew all charges against Mr. Balilalingam. Read the factum (written legal argument) that lead to a complete victory for Balilalingam. Read more about this withdrawals and peacebonds case.


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If you’ve been charged with a crime – or think you might be charged in the future – you’re invited to call me. I’ll answer your questions and explain how you can protect your legal rights. I will gladly talk with you on the telephone or in my office. You’re invited to send your e-mail to me at tkpain@torontocriminaldefence.com or call me at 416-410-4838.

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