One more last, quick question to end my inquiry about this matter, if you don't mind--& thank you so very much for the valuable information you've provided so far....
So my lawyer friend arranges for me [& her] to show up for my arraignment on the 5 year old charges of Possession of a Break-In Instrument + Violation of an 8-11 Peace Bond. --To appear in this matter, I have to travel to Canada, and somehow get over the border without being arrested, (likely via Alberta, or even Sask.) & then make my way to Surrey.
We appear for the pre-arranged arraignment. If I plead NG, trial would be set for, what, a year in the future? Clearly a Plea Bargain at arraignment would be much preferable -- perhaps a dismissal of 1 of the charges, & a 'Deferred Prosecution' [or 'conditional discharge'] of the other would be eminently acceptable to me.
Do you think that Crown would be willing to negotiate an acceptable plea right THEN & THERE, 'across the aisle', so to speak, with my lawyer friend? --or would the process be more complicated and lengthy?
And if an acceptable plea is reached, then-&-there, hopefully I would not be jailed, for even a moment? --That is my fervent desire.
---- If the 'Possession of Break-In Instrument' charge is dismissed, I presume that the RCMP (or Canada Customs) would be compelled!!!!! to return my break-in instrument to me, even though possession of it is illegal in Canada? --Or would they likely quote some statute that would prevent them from returning it to me?
Again, thank you so very very much for your learned help in this matter. You clearly are an experienced, Southern B.C.-based Criminal lawyer. If you are allowed to identify yourself within this forum, I'd appreciate knowing your name & contact info, in case I end up needing to retain someone other than my friend (who is a West Van-based Family Law lawyer.) My contact info is: XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX
Thank you again.