• False Creek at night

Our Successes

Driving Charges

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.

R. vs. T.K.- Abbotsford Provincial Court

Charge: Driving without consideration; driving past police vehicle; speeding.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with all counts, which upon conviction would have led to a driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to negotiate a resolution where our client pleaded guilty to only a three point speeding ticket and police withdrew the remaining counts. Our client was sentenced to a fine. No driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving while Prohibited.

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

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to permit our client to resolve this matter by pleading guilty to the lesser offence of driving without a valid licence. Our client was sentenced to a fine. No driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether the crown would be able to prove that our client was the driver of the vehicle.

Result: We were able to persuade Crown counsel that there was problem with the identification evidence and, therefore, to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid driver’s licence.  Rather than a one year minimum driving prohibition, our client was sentenced to a $500 fine. No driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was appropriate for Crown counsel to proceed on this charge, which carries a mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid driver’s licence. After hearing Mr. johnson’s submissions, the court imposed a $500 fine. No driving prohibition.

Y.Y. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles – Review of Driving Prohibition

Charge: Notice of Intent to Prohibit.

Issue: Whether RoadSafety BC had appropriate reasons to prohibit our client from driving for 4 months.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the Superintendent’s adjudicator that the 4 month driving prohibition was not warranted. The driving prohibition was reduced to 2 months.