M.V. was a former client that had retained our office 3 times previously. While her criminal record was extensive, she had made tremendous strides in self betterment. The client was charged with numerous domestic assault and mischief to property charges. The most serious charge was an allegation that she struck a minor while in her boyfriend’s home, a fact which she vehemently denied. The Crown sought Jail and the matter was set down for a 2-day trial. In Calgary, multiday trials require a pre-trial conference. At these conferences, Crown and Defence lawyers sit down with judges to narrow the legal issues. Mr. Wyman used this pre-trial conference as an opportunity to persuade the prosecutor as to the legal arguments that would be advanced at trial. Following this meeting, the Crown elected to terminate the prosecution.