Mr. F was a firefighter who grew up in underprivileged circumstances. While he had worked hard to make a better life for himself and had put that part of his life behind him, he still had childhood friends who were involved in gang life. One day, one such childhood friend reached out to Mr. F and told him that he needed his help. He asked Mr. F to accompany him while he attempted to recover money that had been stolen from him by a rival. Thinking that the matter would be simple and that he was there simply for moral support, Mr. F agreed. Unfortunately, Mr. F’s friend had other plans, abducting various individuals and striking them with a hammer until they could direct him to the individual that had defrauded him. Mr. F never participated in any of the violence and even tried his best (in vain) to defuse the situation. Thankfully, despite the seemingly garish nature of the incident, when the police arrived on the scene, the victims’ injuries were of an immensely minor nature. Mr. F was jointly charged with his friend for forcible confinement and assault with a weapon simply for accompanying him that night. Everything that Mr. F had worked so hard to achieve was slipping out of his grasp. A criminal record would result in termination from his job and, given the nature of the offence, a potentially long period of incarceration. The team at S. Zalman Haouzi got to work immediately and worked with the client to compile everything from letters of recommendation to proof of his numerous hours of community service along with a persuasive apology letter and more. After explaining the situation in-depth to the fair-minded Crown assigned to the file, they agreed to submit a joint submission for an absolute discharge to the judge.