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Our Successes

Driving Charges

Rvs. G.C. – Vancouver Traffic Court

Charge: Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device.
Issue: Whether our client’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time was breached.
Result: Upon filing the required Notice of our Charter Application, Crown counsel agreed with Mr. Johnson’s submissions and entered a stay of proceedings. No conviction. No driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Impaired Driving; Possession of Controlled Substance.
Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps that our client had taken, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.
Result: Mr. Mines was able tp persuade Crown counsel to stay the two criminal charges and proceed on the lesser Motor Vehicle Act charge of Driving Without Sue Care and Attention. Our client was sentenced to a fine and a driving prohibition. No criminal record.

R. vs. A.S. – Port Coquitlam provincial Court

Charge: Driving while Prohibited.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the charge.
Result: We were able to persuade Crown Counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a license. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court imposed a $1000 fine rather than the minimum mandatory 12 month driving prohibition that our client was facing.

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

Charge: Impaired Driving; Over .08.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution in this case which involved an accident.
Result: Based on our client’s medical issues and the rehabilitative steps he had taken, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on a lesser charge under the Motor Vehicle Act. Our client received a fine and a 15 month driving prohibition but no criminal record.

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

Charge: Dangerous Driving; Failing to Stop for Police; Possession of Controlled Substance.
Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to jail.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the trial judge imposed a $1000 fine and a 12 month driving prohibition on the dangerous driving charge and the Crown stayed the remaining two charges. No jail.

R. vs. X.L. – New Westminster 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 Counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a licence. Rather than the 12 month minimum driving prohibition our client was facing, the Court imposed a 3 month prohibition.

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

Charge: Failing to obey a traffic control device.
Issue: Whether the police officer could accurately recall the physical characteristics of the roadway and the actions of our client.
Result: Upon conclusion of Mr. Mines’ cross examination of the officer, the Court dismissed the charge.

R. vs. S.T. – Abbotsford Provincial Court

Charge: Speeding.
Issue: Whether our client’s right to be tried within a reasonable time had been breached.
Result: Crown Counsel agreed with our submission that the delay in bringing this matter to trial was in breach of our client’s Charter rights. Stay of Proceedings.

R. vs. G.F. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client had notice that he was prohibited.
Result: We were able to persuade Crown Counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of Failing to Produce a Licence. The court imposed a $1500 fine but after conidering Mr. Johnson’s submissions, did not order any driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving without a Licence; Driving with a Handheld Device.
Issue: Whether our client’s right to have his trial within a reasonable time was breached.
Result: Crown Counsel agreed with Mr. Johnson’s submissions that the delay in bringing this matter to trial was unreasonable. Stay of Proceedings.

R. vs. J.Z. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether our client had a lawful excuse for driving.
Result: Upon presenting our client’s evidence to Crown Counsel, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a licence. Rather than the 12 month minimum driving prohibition our client was facing, the Court imposed a 3 month prohibition and a $300 fine.

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

Charge: Excessive Speeding.
Issue: Whether our client’s right to be tried within a reasonable period of time was breached.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown Counsel that the approximately 20 month delay from offence to trial breached our client’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time. Crown entered a stay of proceedings. No fine, driving prohibition or penalty points.