June 26, 2023
Our relentless commitment to building robust defence strategies has led to numerous findings of not guilty and crown withdrawals. We analyze evidence and advocate for our client’s innocence.
Allegations: M.M. faced serious charges of possession of a loaded firearm, possession of Fentanyl and heroin for the purpose of trafficking, as well as possession of proceeds of crime. If convicted, he was facing a jail sentence of 4-6 years. The police observed a male exit a residence, approach the driver’s side of the vehicle and engage in what they claimed was a “hand to hand” drug transaction. The police then followed the vehicle and arrested M.M. During the search incident to arrest; officers located a firearm and drugs inside a satchel M.M. was wearing.
Defence Strategy: Charter application failed to exclude the gun and drugs from evidence. Mr. Fedorowicz argued M.M. was arrested without just cause and thereafter engaged in unreasonable search, in violation of his client’s rights under sections 8 and 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Result: Charter application was successful. Gun and drugs excluded. M.M. was found not guilty of all charges.
Allegations: After execution of search warrant, police locate firearm and drugs. The client was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Facing a lengthy custodial sentence if convicted.
Defence Strategy: By thoroughly and methodically reviewing the evidence, including the affidavit filed by police in support of the search warrant, Mr. Fedorowicz established significant issues with the Crown’s ability to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Result: All charges were withdrawn by the prosecutor before trial.
Allegations: M.O. was charged with two counts of breaking and entering. Police alleged that M.O. broke into two residences in the middle of the night but ran off after being confronted by the home’s residents.
Defence Strategy: Mr. Fedorowicz undermined the reliability of the eyewitness evidence and police procedure: during the cross-examination of witnesses identifying inconsistencies in the description of the suspect; the inability of the main witness to provide any descriptors of the suspect during a police statement; and, the failure of the police to conduct a police line-up or collect security video from the residence.
Result: Client found not guilty after trial.
Allegations: Police locate firearms and a large amount of drugs at the residence after the execution of a search warrant. The appellant was convicted after trial of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x 7, Possession Proceeds of Crime, and Possession of a Loaded Firearm and sentenced to over six years in jail.
Argument on Appeal: The trial Judge unfairly denied the Appellant the opportunity to proceed to trial after the denial of a Charter application to have the evidence excluded.
Appeal granted: The Court of Appeal ruled, “The trial judge wrongly held she had no jurisdiction to allow the appellant to resile from the undertaking to plead guilty. The appeal is allowed, the convictions are quashed, and a new trial is ordered.”
Allegations: While the client’s vehicle was pulled over at a R.I.D.E. check stop, police claim they smelled the odour of cannabis. Thereafter A.W. and the vehicle are searched, revealing several drugs. The client faced charges of possession of heroin and cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Defence Strategy: During pre-trial discussions with the Crown Attorney, Mr. Fedorowicz pointed to issues with the search of the vehicle and other evidentiary issues that undermined its case.
Result: Charges withdrawn by Crown before trial.