Sexual Assault Charges
Take a moment to review some of Céline’s successes.
R. v. L.L.
The manager of a sports equipment store was accused of sexually assaulting an employee following a discussion with her regarding money shortages in the nightly cash receipts. The defence proved that the employee was not credible and all charges were acquitted.
R. v. S.A.A.
S.A.A. was accused of sexual assault following an attempt to kiss a friend on their way home after school. The victim accused S.A.A. of grabbing her butt and putting his hands down her pants. Céline Dostaler’s defence showed that the Crown had not proven a sexual assault, and S.A.A. was acquitted of all charges.
R. v. C.H.
C.H. had conditions not to communicate with his wife. She continued her relationship with C.H., but later filed charges that he sexually assaulted and forcibly confined her. The Crown expected an easy win at trial, but Céline conducted her own investigation and found information that was not consistent with her statement to police. After a thorough cross-examination, C.H.’s wife was impeached and the judge found her not credible. C.H. was acquitted of sexual assault and forcible confinement.
R. v. J.J.
Mr. J.J. had raised his step daughter like his own since she was a young child. He had a perfect life: 2 stepdaughters, 3 of his own children, and a beautiful wife. When his step daughter turned 18 years old, she told her mother and the police that J.J. had been sexually assaulting her from the age of 12 to 16. J.J. was devastated, his life turned upside down. He could no longer see his family, and his marriage disintegrated to divorce. At trial, the step daughter recounted numerous incidents of sexual assault. Through a powerful cross-examination and persuasive final submissions, Celine convinced the judge that what seemed like a clear-cut case for the Crown remained fraught with doubt. J.J. was acquitted of all his charges.
R. v. D.D.
Mr. D.D. was invited to a friend’s house while he was in university. That night, after drinking and consuming marijuana excessively, he had sex with his friend while she was still asleep. D.D. was convicted of sexual assault and the Crown tried to convince the judge to sentence him to 2 years in the penitentiary. However, Celine was able to convince the judge that a 1-year jail sentence, for a first time offender, was more appropriate.