Successful Charter Argument Leads to Acquittal on All PPT Charges

Client charged with 5 counts of Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking. At trial, defence counsel raised numerous Charter issues and argued the following:

  1. Police had neither subjective nor objective grounds to arrest the client;
  2. Police unlawfully searched the client’s person and vehicle; and
  3. Police failed to inform the client of his right to contact counsel and failed to facilitate a call to counsel in a timely manner.

The trial judge accepted all defence arguments and found breaches under s. 8, 9, and 10(b) of the Charter. As a result, the crown counsel invited an acquittal.

2020 BCSC 2202

Outcome: Client Acquitted. No Criminal Record.