In C.S., our client was charged with 3 gang related offences. Following a preliminary hearing, Jaki Freeman was successful in getting 2 of the 3 charges dismissed. On the remaining charge, Jaki’s cross-examination at trial of several police witnesses’ allowed her to thoroughly discredit several major pieces of evidence against her client. As a result, and after 43 days of trial, the Crown withdrew the sole remaining count against her client.
In S.N., our client was charged with criminal negligence causing death as a result of a car accident that resulted in the death of another person. After numerous discussions with the prosecuting Crown and judge, Jaki was able to successfully advocate for the dismissal of the criminal charge, thus avoiding a penitentiary term for her client. S.N. pleaded guilty to one count of careless driving, a Highway Traffic Act offence carrying no stigma of a criminal conviction, and was ordered to pay a fine. As a result of Jaki’s skillful negotiating, a jail sentence was avoided, and S.N. was able to travel and work freely.
In J.H., our client was charged with first degree murder. After a lengthy trial, he was found guilty of manslaughter. A firearm was used in the killing. The Crown argued that J.H. should be subject to a minimum sentence of 4 years as required by the Criminal Code. In a novel issue, Jaki was successful in persuading the judge that the mandatory minimum did not apply to J.H. and therefore, he received less than a 4 year sentence and far less than the lengthy penitentiary sentence the Crown was seeking.
In T.T., our client, a former child actor, was charged with attempted murder and other serious charges. After a hard fought trial, T.T. was acquitted of all charges, thus avoiding a lengthy penitentiary sentence.
In X.X., Jaki’s client was alleged to be one of the ring leaders in a major heroin importation case. Jaki was successful in getting X.X. released on a $ 1 bail and ultimately, all charged were dismissed against X.X.