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Our Successes

Assault and Threatening Charges

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

Charge: Assault.

Issue: Whether it was appropriate for our client to receive a suspended sentence despite having two prior assault convictions.

Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge granted our client a suspended sentence with 12 months of ” non reporting” probation.  No jail.

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. 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. D.P. – Vancouver provincial Court

Charge: Uttering a Threat (reduced to Peace Bond).

Issues: Whether the words uttered were clearly a threat or not.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that the words were vague. Crown agreed to end the criminal prosecution upon our client entering into a Peace Bond with a “no contact” condition. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Assault, Uttering Threats.

Issue: Given the context of this threatening and assault by spitting offence, whether it was appropriate for our client to be convicted.

Result: Mr. Gauthier provided additional information to the Crown and the Court about our client and was able to persuade the judge to grant our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

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

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm; Choking; Uttering Threats (domestic).

Issue: Whether the complainant’s allegation was credible, given the alibi evidence Mr. Johnson was able to provide to Crown counsel.

Result: Based on Mr. Johnson’s representations, Crown counsel entered a stay of proceedings on all charges. No jail. No criminal record.

R. vs. L.J.A. – New Westminter Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Threatening, Mischief to property, Resist Arrest.

Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the 4 month jail sentence Crown was seeking.

Result: On the eve of the trial date, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown to only proceed on the assault causing bodily harm charge and, after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client a suspended sentence. Crown stayed the remaining charges. No jail.

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

Charges: Break & Enter; Assault (reduced to Peace Bond).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution of this domestic assault/ break and enter case.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to withdraw the criminal charges upon our client entering into a 12 month peace bond. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Assault.

Issue: Given the provocation that preceded the incident, what  the appropriate sentence would be.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to persuade the court to sentence our client to a period of probation of 12 months. 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.