R. v. L.C. 2020 Toronto OCJ
Charges: Aggravated assault and weapons dangerous
Result: After an extensive review of the video surveillance and multiple judicial pretrials, Counsel Paula Seymour saved the client and his son from the additional trauma of a trial and the charges were withdrawn upon entering into a peace bond.
R. v. L.L. 2021 Toronto OCJ
Charges: robbery charges along with unlawfully in a dwelling and Failure to Comply charges on three separate matters
Result: After reviewing the evidence and multiple discussions with crown counsel Counsel Sorina Cojocaru secured that all charges were to be withdrawn and a Peace Bond was entered into allowing the client to continue his employment and not receive a Criminal Record.
R. v. G.P. 2021 Toronto OCJ
Charges: Possession of cocaine heroin, and fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
Result: Client was facing multiple high quantities of fentanyl trafficking charges. After filing materials on Charter breaches crown counsel was required to re-assess the case and offered a 12 month Conditional Sentence. Client was able to receive multiple exceptions in order to continue working and care for his family.
R. v. J.J. – 2021 Brampton
Charges: Expungment of name from the Child Abuse register
Result: Due to criminal charges, that the client was acquitted of, counsel Sorina Cojocaru successfully argued that Peel Children’s Aid were required to remove the client’s name off their registry.
R. v. R.H. 2021 Newmarket OCJ
Charges: multiple residential Break and Enter, proceeds of crime, possession of instruments for a Break and Enter
Results: after numerous discussions with Crown Counsel and Judicial Pretrials Counsel Sorina Cojocaru convinced the Crown to withdraw all charges due to lack of evidence tying her client to the alleged B&E. Charges withdrawn and client entered into a 12 month Peace Bond.
R. v. S.O. 2021Toronto OCJ
Charges: Robbery, disguise with intent, possession of property obtained by crime
Result: Client facing multiple sets of robbery charges but released on bail in order to properly prepare for a defence against the allegations. Counsel was also able to further secure a bail variation to allow for exceptions to the bail for working and furthering his education while the proceedings remain ongoing.
R. v. S.K. 2020 Toronto SCJ
Charges: multiple drug and firearm charges
Result: Counsel Sorina Cojocaru successfully challenged the search warrant for the client’s home and had all items excluded. All charges withdrawn for client and co-accused due to successful Garofoli Application and the crown being left with no evidence to rely on at trial.
R. v. S.E. 2018, 2019 Toronto, Disciplinary Boards
Charges: disciplinary measures from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, College of Massage Therapists, and the College of Traditional Chinese medicine Practioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario
Result: Due to criminal charges, the client faced disciplinary measures from the regulatory bodies he was a member of. Counsel Sorina Cojocaru successfully argued against the various Boards on the Client’s behalf that the measures should not result in severe disciplinary action. After numerous rigorous fights with multiple Disciplinary Boards the Client was given an Oral Caution from one of the Boards and found not to have been in breach from the other Boards.
R. v. R. R. 2021 Brampton OCJ
Charges: sexual assault and assault charges
Result: Counsel Thaxsheni Brodie successfully challenged the Complainant’s Counsel’s application to cross-examine the Defendant during the s. 287 hearing. Based on counsel’s submissions, the Judge ruled that the complainant’s counsel does not have a right to cross-examine the Defendant.
R. v. J. G. 2021 Brampton
Charges: Weapons, Possession of fentanyl and other drugs for the purpose of trafficking
Result: Client was facing charges for Possession for Purpose of Trafficking fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamines, Breach of Probation, and Possession of Proceeds, when client is arrested for Possession of a Firearm, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking fentanyl, and Breach of Probation. Counsel Thaxsheni Brodie was able to successfully have the client released on bail through a contested bail hearing, by demonstrating the strength of the bail plan.
R. v. A.C. 2020 Toronto West OCJ
Charges: Utter Threat
Result: Through pre-trial discussions with the Crown Attorney, Counsel Thaxsheni Brodie was able to highlight the weaknesses in the allegations, such as the manner in which the complainant was using the Criminal Justice System to deny the client’s access to his son. Counsel was able to have the charges against the client withdrawn.
R. v. D.G. 2021 Toronto OCJ
Charges: Possession for the Purpose
Result: Despite a lack of evidence to connect the client to the alleged substances, the Crown would not withdraw the charges and the matter was scheduled for trial. On the morning of trial, after the Crown’s unsuccessful attempt to have the client sign a Statutory Declaration to implicate his co-accused, the Crown finally withdrew the charges against the client after being persuaded by Counsel Thaxsheni Brodie.