R. v. C.W. [Provincial Court, Calgary, July 2015]
C.W. was charged with the serious offence of robbery. C.W. was alleged to have driven a youth into a secluded area and robbed him, leaving the youth at the side of the road. When arrested, C.W. gave a full confession. If convicted after trial C.W. faced a jail term. The Crown’s initial resolution offer was a jail sentence of several months. Through lengthy negotiations with the Crown Ms. Fagan was able to have the charge reduced to theft under $5,000. Strategically, this put her in a position to argue that a criminal record should not be imposed in the circumstances. In the end, C.W. received a conditional discharge and no criminal record.
Patrick C. Fagan is a highly accomplished lawyer with an impressive career spanning over 35 years in the legal field.