Entries by Mike Mines

R. vs. V.P. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault with a Weapon; Assault Police Officer.

Issue: Given some weakness in the assault with weapon charge and the rehabilitative steps our client had taken, whether it was appropriate for the Crown to seek the jail sentence they were originally seeking.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on the AWW charge and to jointly seek a conditional discharge on the assault police officer charge. No jail. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. S.K. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Fraud Over $5000 (from Employer).

Issue: Given the civil settlement  we were able to obtain on our client’s behalf, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with criminal charges.

Result: Mr. Johnson, after successfully negotiating a civil settlement with the complainant, was able to persuade Crown counsel to not approve the criminal charges that RCMP had recommended. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Impaired Driving; Driving Over .08.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown counsel to proceed with the criminal charges.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to allow our client to resolve this matter by pleading guilty to a lesser offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. Our client received a driving prohibition and fine. No criminal record.

R. v. S.W. – Courtenay RCMP Investigation

Charges: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Issue: Whether the search of the vehicle and our client was lawful.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to steer our client through the investigation and made representations to police that the search was unlawful. Police declined to recommend any  charges. No criminal record.

R. vs. A.N. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault with a Weapon.

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we guided our client through, whether it was in the public interest for Crown to seek a conviction on this charge.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to permit our client to plead to the lesser offence of common assault. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. J.J. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of  the Crown being able to prove that bodily harm occurred.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to permit our client to plead to the lesser offence of common assault. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

Dear Mr. Mines,

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the help you have given to our family. It is most reassuring to have your professional guidance and expertise during a most stressful time. As our lawyer, you represented us and advocated for our best interest. You showed us kindness and patience. We cannot thank you enough for the peace of mind you helped restore back into our lives. With gratitude,

J.K.L.

R. vs. S.W. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given that the complainant had instigated the altercation, whether it was in the public interest for our client to be convicted of the offence.

Result: We were able to guide our client through a course of rehabilitation and, after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on a non-reporting probation order for six months. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. S.W. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charge: Refusing to comply with a testing demand.

Issue: Given the circumstances of the offence and our client, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser Motor Vehicle Act offence of driving without due care. Rather than a criminal conviction and a minimum 12 month driving prohibition, our client was liable to pay a $350 fine and a 2 month driving prohibition. No criminal record.

R. vs. H.S. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Given the circumstances of the offence and our client, whether it was necessary for Crown to proceed with the driving while prohibited charge, which carries a mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser Motor Vehicle Act charge of driving without a driver’s licence. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions our client was sentenced to a fine and a 4 month driving prohibition.

R. vs. J.S. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm (domestic).

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that bodily harm resulted and, whether the rehabilitative steps our client had taken justified the Court granting a conditional discharge.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the charge of common assault. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.