Criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was defending a client charged with shoplifting for a value exceeding $ 800 (Section 334 Criminal Code of Canada). Given her professional status, her age and the fact that she did not have a criminal record, Mr.Cormier negotiated with the Prosecutor so that his client could benefit from a discharge. The client made a donation to a charity organization and then pleaded guilty. The Judge agreed to the lawyers’ solution and granted Mr. Cormier’s client an absolute discharge.
Some clients are given a stricter penalty than a discharge. See notice.