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

Charges: Sexual Assault; Uttering threats; assault, Breach of Release Order.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that there was no realistic chance of conviction on the sex assault charge and Crown proceeded only on the assault charge to which our client pleaded guilty. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge and Crown entered stays of proceeding on the remaining 3 counts. No jail, no criminal conviction.

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

Charge: Driving while prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with this charge which carries a mandatory one year driving prohibition upon conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with information that concluded our client was not at all responsible for the motor vehicle accident and persuaded Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without aa valid license. Our client was sentenced to a fine and a 3 month driving prohibition.

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

Charges: Mischief Over $5000; Assault Police Officer.

Issue: Whether the sentence ought to emphasize punishment or rehabilitation in this matter where our client was alleged to have caused over $100,000 in damage to his building.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide Crown counsel with materials confirming the rehabilitative steps our client had taken for his mental health. The cRown stayed the assault police officer charge and, after hearing Mr. Gauthier’s submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on probation. No jail.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on the assault charge. Our client entered into a 12 month Peace Bond. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to direct our client through, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution of this matter.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to provide Crown counsel with information that allowed him to persuade Crown to enter a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown to proceed with the prosecution of this offence which carries a 12 month mandatory minimum driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid licence. Our client received a $500 fine and a 30 day driving prohibition.

R. vs. M.L. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual Interference.

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client sexually interfered with his niece.

Result: After a 6 day trial, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the trial judge that there was reasonable doubt as to the complainant’s credibility and reliability. Not guilty. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with information that led Crown to resolve this matter with a Caution Letter. No charges were approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. B.R. – Vancouver Youth Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm; Assault with a Weapon.

Issue: Whether our client was acting in self defence when he injured the complainant with a knife during an altercation.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide information to Crown counsel that resulted in Crown declining to approve any charges. No criminal record.

 

R. v. C.C. – Surrey provincial Court

Charges: Impaired Driving, Dangerous Driving Causing Death.

Issues: Whether police breached our client’s Charter rights during the investigation; whether the court would accept the Crown’s sentencing submission.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that police breached our client’s right against an unlawful seizure of his breath samples. This resulted in the Crown’s inability to prove the Impaired Driving / Over .08 offences.  The Crown had originally been seeking up to 4.5 years jail, but sought a one year jail sentence on the Dangerous Driving Causing Death charge. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court found that 5 months was the appropriate sentence.

R. vs. B.S. – North Vancouver RCMP Investigation

Charge: Uttering Threats.

Issue: Whether there was a public interest in proceeding with the proposed charge.

Result: After Mr. Johnson made  representations to the investigating officer, police advised that no charges would be forwarded to Crown counsel. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the charge, which carries a one year mandatory minimum driving prohibition upon conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a valid drivers license. The court agreed with Mr. Mines’ submissions and imposed a fine but did not impose any driving prohibition.