• False Creek at night

Our Successes

Driving Charges

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. 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. 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. 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.

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

Charges: Driving While Prohibited.

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to allow our client to plead to the lesser offence of driving without a valid driver’s license. Rather than face a mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition, our client was sentenced to a fine. No driving prohibition.

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

Charges: Dangerous Driving; Obstruct/Resist Arrest (Reduced to MVA charge).

Issue: Whether the Crown would be able to prove that our client had the necessary element of  intent for a criminal conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on a lesser charge under the Motor Vehicle Act of speeding relative to the road conditions. Our client was sentenced to a driving prohibition. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Driving while Prohibited.

Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a valid drivers license. Our client was sentenced to a fine. No driving prohibition.

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. 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. H.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

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

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid licence. Rather than a mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition, our client was sentenced to a $300 fine and a 3 month prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown to proceed with the charge.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to allow our client to plead to s. 24(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Rather than the mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition, our client was sentenced to a $300 fine and a two month driving prohibition.