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Our Successes

Driving Charges

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.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether our client was aware that he was prohibited from driving. On conviction he faced a madatory minimum jail sentence.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown that our client reasonably believed he was not prohibited. Crown therefore agreed to proceed on the lesser charge of Failing to Produce a Valid Driver’s License.The court imposed a  $250 fine. No jail. No driving prohibition.

R.H. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

Charge: 90 Day Immediate roadside Prohibition.
Issue: Whether or not police obtained valid breath samples from our client.
Result: We were able to provide evidence to the adjudicator that established that the breath machines had not been properly calibrated. The adjudicator agreed that no valid sample had been provided. Driving prohibition revoked. Our client was permitted to resume driving.

R. vs. S.S. – Abbotsford Traffic Court

Charge: Driving without a Licence; Driving Contrary to Restriction (driving with blood alcohol).
Issue: Whether our client’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time was violated.
Result: Crown Counsel agreed with Mr. Johnson’s submission that the delay was a Charter breach. Both charges were stayed. No driving record.

R. vs. T.C. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether our client would receive the mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a licence. Our client was sentenced to a $1000 fine. No driving prohibition.