R. vs. B.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault, Unlawful Confinement, Communicating for the Purpose of Obtaining Sexual Services

Issues: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of conviction and whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnston provided information to Crown counsel about our client’s personal circumstances and the circumstances of the alleged offences, as well as references to applicable legal principles, which persuaded Crown counsel to accept a guilty plea to the Assault charge alone and to direct stays of proceedings on the remaining counts. The Crown and court also agreed with Mr. Johnston that a conditional discharge was an appropriate sentence. No jail. No criminal record.