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Criminal defense: Alberta woman faces assault charges

An Airdrie woman is facing charges after an incident involving a Checker Taxi Cab driver on Halloween night. Alberta RCMP officers responded to a call that a man had been assaulted, and they arrested the 28-year-old woman involved. There has been no word whether she has retained criminal defense counsel at this time.

According to the Mounties' report, the 28-year-old woman became involved in an altercation with the driver of the cab she was in around 2 a.m. on Oct. 31. Police claim the woman was intoxicated at the time and refused to leave the cab when requested. The altercation was reportedly caught on video surveillance.

Though police have not spoken publicly about the details of the video, they nevertheless arrested the woman for assault. She was taken into custody but has since been released, and she is now awaiting a court date set for Dec. 15. The RCMP has released a statement asking anyone who witnessed the alleged altercation to please come forward to help with the investigation.

It is the responsibility of the Alberta prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman charged in this case was indeed guilty of assaulting the cab driver. This proof must be supported by competent evidence, which may -- or may not -- include the images of the alleged altercation that appear on the surveillance tape. In order to be prepared for the court date, criminal defense attorneys will likely seek to review the tape to determine the best course of action in mounting a defense in criminal court.

Source: Global News, "Alberta woman charged with assault on a Checker Taxi Cab driver", Lisa MacGregor, Nov. 5, 2016

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