R. v. K.Z. (2014 B.C. Provincial Court)
Client charged with assault following a violent argument after a dispute over driving behaviour. Vancouver Criminal Defence Lawyer Emmet J. Duncan, along with UBC students he was supervising, negotiated with Crown counsel and obtained the Crown’s agreement, that notwithstanding the violence involved and seriousness of the conduct, it was appropriate to let the Client take responsibility and express remorse in the informal context of “alternative measures”, pursuant to which the Client was diverted outside of the criminal justice system. The client had particular concerns about the impact that a criminal record would have on him professionally and in regards to future travel to the United States, which was important to his career. As a result, the Crown dropped all charges and Client receives no criminal record and no jail sentence.