Guns, Firearms & Weapons Offences

The threat of mandatory minimum jail sentences for some firearms offences can have devastating consequences for you.

As a Crown Prosecutor, Susan Karpa was the first and only Designated Firearms Crown in Alberta. As a Crown, she taught the police how to investigate guns and weapons offences. With her background as the Designated Firearms Crown, Ms. Karpa has a distinct advantage over the prosecution and the police. She will put her extensive experience and knowledge to work for you in defending you against guns and weapons charges. 

R. v. S.N., 2017

The client was served with notice of a prohibition and forfeiture of firearms hearing. Ms. Karpa was able to have the matter withdrawn and the firearms returned to the client.

R. v. K.D., 2016

The client was charged with serious firearms related offences for possessing a restricted, loaded firearm. The crown agreed to a community based disposition on the basis of a plea to the lesser included offence of possession of a firearm without a license.

R. v. D.T., 2016

The client was charged with numerous firearms related offences. The circumstances were that the client was stopped by police while driving, and police located several firearms and ammunition in the vehicle. The firearms were not secure. Ms. Karpa reviewed the file in depth, and determined that there were several breaches of the client’s right to be free from and unlawful search and seizure. Based upon her review of the case law, and her extensive work on the file, Ms. Karpa successfully argued that the charges should be withdrawn. The crown agreed to withdraw the charges. No conviction was entered. No criminal record.

R. v. D.W., 2016

The client was charged with firearms offences. The circumstances were that the client was pulled over by the police for a traffic stop and they police found a loaded restricted handgun in the client’s vehicle. Despite the seriousness of the allegation, Ms. Karpa was able to secure a conditional discharge for the client. No conviction entered.

R. v. J.D., 2015

The client was charged with multiple counts of firearms offences, drug offences and robbery. The Crown was seeking 8 years in custody for these serious matters. Despite that, Ms. Karpa secured a sentence of 5 years in custody.

R. v. I.T., 2015

The client was charged with possession of an imitation firearm (pellet gun) and possession of a stolen vehicle. After reviewing the file, and realizing that the Crown did not have a reasonable likelihood of conviction, Ms. Karpa had the charges against her client withdrawn outright. No conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. M.C., 2015

The client was charged with weapons offences relating to a traffic stop. Ms. Karpa had the charge reduced to a traffic ticket. Criminal code charges were withdrawn. No conviction entered.

R. v. D.S., 2015

The client faced a firearms hearing allegation where the Crown sought to have the client prohibited from possessing firearms. Criminal lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued for the return of the client’s firearms, and the withdrawal of the matter.

R. v. B.C., 2015

The client was charged with assault with a weapon, and firearms related offences. Ms. Karpa got the firearm charge withdrawn.

R. v. W.B., 2015

This was a firearms hearing matter. Calgary criminal defence lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued for the withdrawal of the matter. Ms. Karpa negotiated with the prosecution to drop the matter on the basis that there was no requirement for a prohibition.

R. v. L.M., 2015

The client was charged with numerous firearms offences including possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm with readily accessible ammunition (which carries a mandatory minimum 3 year jail sentence where the Crown proceeds by indictment). The matter involved a complex investigation including search warrants and crime scenes analysis. Ms. Karpa reviewed the disclosure (evidence) in depth, and made several comprehensive requests of the Crown’s office for additional disclosure. In the end, the charges were all stayed against the client. No conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. S.S., 2014

This was a firearms hearing matter. Calgary criminal defence lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued for the withdrawal of the matter. Ms. Karpa negotiated with the prosecution to drop the matter on the basis that there was no requirement for a prohibition.

R. v. A.I., 2014

This was a firearms hearing where Ms. Karpa argued for the withdrawal of the application. Ms. Karpa succeeded in her arguments and the matter was dropped and the firearms were returned to client.

R. v. R.S., 2014

The client was charged with several firearms and assault/threats criminal offences in relation to a serious domestic assault allegation. Ms. Karpa used her experience with firearms related offences and had the Crown agree to withdraw all major firearms related charges and reduced the charge to carless storage and simple assault for probation.

R. v. B.B., 2014

The client was charged with multiple allegations of possession of weapons without a license. Calgary criminal lawyer reviewed the file and determined that the police had conducted an illegal search and seizure. Ms. Karpa used her prior experience as a Crown Prosecutor and her extensive background in firearms related offences to convince the Crown to withdraw all of the charges on that basis.