Earlier this year, David Karp defended a client who was charged with uttering threats. David Karp listened to his client to gain a full understanding of the situation and knew that alternative measures were a possible option for him. David Karp argued aggressively for his client and was successful. There was a stay of proceedings with alternative measures ordered of community service. The client had no criminal record and was able to move on with life.
If you find yourself charged with a crime such as this or another crime, it is imperative you hire a lawyer that is very knowledgeable about the law and also very aggressive.
David also has a history of working with his clients to attend counselling or get other help that may be needed or helpful. Using this approach helps David in attaining “stay of proceedings” for his clients.
What does “Alternative Measures” mean?
David also has a history of working with his clients to attend counselling or get other help that may be needed or helpful. Using this sincere approach helps David in attaining “stay of proceedings” for his clients.
According to the Government of BC website, alternative measures provides people with the opportunity to have charges against them dealt with outside the court process. A person must accept personal responsibility for their behaviour and agree to make amends.
Certain criteria must be met for alternative measures to be considered including:
- The charge against you is a minor one
- It is your first offence
- You admit that you are responsible
- You apologize for what you did
Alternative measures may include:
- Compensation for the loss or damage
- An apology
- Community service work
- Culturally-based practices for Indigenous people
For example, if you are charged with mischief for breaking a neighbour’s window, you may be required to pay for the window and write a letter of apology to the neighbour. If the agreed-to steps are taken, the charge will be withdrawn against you. You will not have a criminal record.
Alternative measures are not always an option but this is why its important to hire an experienced and aggressive lawyer that understands both the law and your legal rights..