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Our Successes

Driving Charges

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.

W.W. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

Charge: 24 Hour Driving Prohibition (for alcohol).
Issue: Whether there was sufficient proof that our client was the driver.
Result: The adjudicator agreed with Mr. Mines’ submission that the police had not proved that our client had care or control of the vehicle. Driving prohibition revoked and removed from our client’s driving record.

R. vs. E.M. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Driving While Prohibited (MVA).
Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of Driving without a Valid License. The court imposed a $500 fine. No driving prohibition.

R.M. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

Charge: Review of 90 day Administrative Driving Prohibition.
Issue: Whether the investigating police officer had complied with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Act.
Result: Upon considering Mr. Mines’ submissions, the adjudicator agreed that the police report to the Superintendent was flawed. In the result, the driving prohibition was revoked and our client was permitted to resume driving.

J.L. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

Charge: Review of Driving Prohibition.
Issue: Whether it was reasonable for our client to be prohibited for 5 months.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to  persuade the adjudicator to reduce the driving prohibition to 3 months.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether the police stopped and detained our client arbitrarily, contrary to his Charter rights.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown Counsel to proceed on the lesser offence of Failing to Produce a License. Rather than a minimum mandatory one year driving prohibition, our client recieved a fine. No further driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove our client had knowledge of his driving prohibition. 
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown that their case was weak. Complete stay of proceedings prior to trial. No record. No driving prohibition.

O.B. vs. Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

Charge: Review of Driving Prohibition.
Issue: Whether it was reasonable for the Superintendent to issue our client a four month driving prohibition.
Result: We were able to persuade the Superintendent to reduce the prohibition from four months to one month.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.
Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the mandatory 12 month minimum driving prohibition.
Result: We were able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a valid licence. Three month prohibition imposed.