Mr. S was driving home late at night in a snowstorm after drinking a few beers several hours earlier at a friend’s house. Due to the conditions on the road and general exhaustion, he crashed his vehicle into a snowbank. Unfortunately for him, the police who arrived suspected intoxication on his part and requested a sample of his breath using an approved screening device. Due to some cultural and linguistic barriers, tempers flared, an officer put their hand on Mr. S, and there was a total breakdown of cooperation. Mr. S was charged with both refusing to comply with the demand for a breath sample and impaired driving. Fearing both immigration consequences and high fines, the team at S. Zalman Haouzi Avocat got to work and prepared for a lengthy trial to fight the charges. Firstly, through reading the disclosure and doing subsequent hours of legal research, it became clear that the police had engaged in an illegal arrest of Mr. S when they had arrested him for refusing their demand, because no proper demand was made in the first place. After informing the Crown of the forthcoming Charter application, they read the writing on the wall and dropped the failure to comply charge on their own accord. Bizarrely, the Crown decided to continue on the impaired driving charge (despite having zero physical evidence of impairment) so a three day trial ensued. Through joining forces with experienced co-counsel, employing rigorous cross-examination on Crown witnesses, allowing Mr. S to share his side of the story via candid testimony, and delivering thorough closing arguments, the judge recognized that the Crown had not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt and correctly ordered an acquittal on the remaining charge.