Entries by Mike Mines

R. vs. J.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual assault; Unlawful Confinement; Assault by Choking.

Issue: Given the impact of the additional evidence that Mr. Johnson provided to Crown counsel, whether there was a substantial likelihood of a conviction.

Result: Crown counsel agreed that the new evidence significantly undermined the strength of the case.  Crown counsel entered a stay of proceedings, bringing the prosecution to an end. No jail. No criminal record.

S.D.

Thank you from both of us for helping S.D. with his case. Your professionalism, kindness, patience, and understanding is much appreciated. S.D. specifically asked me to thank you for your patience due to his not so good English and his explanations. We always knew you are an amazing lawyer and we can count on you. […]

R. vs. T.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Indecent Act; Mischief (reduced to Peace Bond).

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client intended to commit a criminal offence.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on the the criminal charges upon our client entering into a Peace Bond. No criminal record.

R. vs. B.I. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault.

Issue: Given the Covid-19 pandemic, whether it was appropriate to refer our client into the Alternative Measures Program for this assault by spitting offence.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with compelling information about our client which resulted in Crown allowing our client into Alternative Measures and staying the charge upon our client completing the program. No criminal record.

R. vs. T.F. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Assault with a Weapon; Uttering Threats x2; Unlawful Confinement.

Issues: Whether Crown could prove that a weapon was used or that the complainant was unlawfully confined.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to accept pleas to the lesser charges of common assault and uttering a threat. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the trail judge granted our client a conditional discharge. No jail; no permanent criminal record.

R. vs. D.D. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Driving while prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prohibited driving charge.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without possessing a valid driver’s licence. Rather than the 12 month minimum mandatory driving prohibition, our client received a 4 month prohibition.

R. vs. J.L. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, whether it was in the public interest to continue with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on the assault charge upon you entering into a s. 810 peace bond. No criminal record.

R. vs. B.R. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charges: Mischief to Property (x2).

Issue: Whether, given our client’s circumstances, it was appropriate to continue the criminal prosecution of this matter which involved damage in excess of $5000 to two vehicles.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program and to stay both criminal charges upon completion. No criminal record.