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Our Successes

Assault and Threatening Charges

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

Charge: Assault with a Weapon.
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client was in possession of a machete as alleged.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of common assault. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the Court suspended sentence and placed our client on a no “contact order”. No reporting condition imposed.

R. vs. J.M. – Abbotsford Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (of child in care).
Issue: Mr. Johnson was able to direct our client through a course of counselling. Given the significant rehabilitative steps our client had accomplished, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to not approve any charge in this case.
Result: No charge approved. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown counsel to proceed with the prosecution.
Result: Upon providing information showing that our client had taken steps toward rehabilitation, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown to enter a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for the court to grant our client a discharge. our client was charged in the context of trying to avoid being arrested for fraud under $5000.
Result: Upon hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional dischrge and placed him on probation for six months.

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

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm.
Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps our client had taken under our direction, whether a jail sentence would be the appropriate sentence.
Result: Notwithstanding that our client fractured the complainant’s cheekbone, Mr. Mines was able to persude Crown counsel to make a joint submission to the court for a conditional discharge with 18 months probation. No jail. No criminal conviction.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the charge.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to stay the proceedings upon our client completing a program of rehabilitation and Alternative Measures.  No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic); Uttering a Threat.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown counsel to proceed against our client was charged with assaulting his girlfriend and uttering a threat to a worker at a health care clinic.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to guide our client through rehabilitative steps and to persude . Crown counsel to stay all charges. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Domestic Assault (reduced to “Peace Bond”).
Issue: Given the circumstances of the offence and the rehabilitative steps our client had taken, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the charge.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to stay the criminal charge and to ask the court to place our client on a “Peace Bond” for a period of six months. No criminal record.

R. v. B.H. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Uttering Threats.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings upon our client entering into a Peace Bond for a period of six months. No criminal record.

R, vs. N.O. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (domestic).
Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of a conviction and 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. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault x2; Uttering Threats x2.
Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps our client had taken on his own initiative, whether it was necessary for him to be sentenced to a jail term.
Result: Notwithstanding that police had recommended that this matter be treated as a “hate crime”, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to make a joint submission to the Court for a 90 day conditional sentence order with probation to follow. No jail.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed by way of a s.810 Recognizance (“Peace Bond”) and to enter a stay of proceedings on the assault charge. No criminal record.