• False Creek at night

Our Successes

Drug Charges

R. vs. S.S. – Nelson Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Issue: Whether, given the large quantity of cocaine and other drugs found upon execution of the search warrant, whether it was appropriate for the court to release our client on bail.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the Court agreed to release our client on surety bail with strict conditions.

R. vs. T.P. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (heroin, fentanyl, cocaine).
Issue: Whether our youthful client would be sentenced to the 2 year jail sentence sought by Crown counsel.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to direct our client through a successful rehabilitation program. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court agreed that there were “special circumstances” that permitted a sentence below the usual range of 18-36 months imprisonment for this offence. Our client was granted a suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 3 years. No jail.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (MDMA).
Issue: Whether the vehicle search was lawful; Whether it was appropriate for the Court to grant the Crown’s adjournment application of the trial.
Result: Mr. Mines opposed the Crown’s adjournment application and the court refused to grant it. Crown entered a stay of proceedings, bringing the matter to an end. No jail; no criminal record.

R. vs. M.P. – Agassiz RCMP Investigation

Charge: Production of illicit cannabis oil.
Issue: Whether there were reasonable grounds to proceed with a criminal prosecution and a civil forfeiture application.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to steer our client through the police investigation and, in the result, no charges were forwarded to Crown nor was the matter referred to the Director of Civil Forfeiture. We were able to get the 2 recreational vehicles that were seized returned to our client. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Production of Cannabis.
Issue: The Crown was seeking a 9 to 12 month jail sentence for our client, who was convicted of producing over 700 cannabis plants.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the trial judge to impose a $500 fine and to place our client on probation for 12 months. No jail.

R. vs. M.G. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Cocaine, Heroin, etc.)
Issue: Whether police lawfully searched our client and the interior of his car.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to steer our client through the investigation, which concluded with no charge being recommended.

R. vs. C.O. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that, given our client’s circumstances and the circumstances of the offence, that it was not in the public interest to proceed with the charge. Stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

R. vs. J.K. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl, crystal meth and MDMA) in a prison.
Issue: Whether the drugs were possessed by our client for the purpose of trafficking or for personal use.
Result: After a 3 day trial, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the Crown that our client was guilty of only the lesser offence of simple possession. Rather than being sentenced to a two year mandatory minimum jail sentence, the trial judge released our client from custody.

R. vs. E.N. – Provincial Court of Quebec

Charge: Conspiracy to Traffic, Trafficking, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (heroin and cocaine).
Issue: Whether our client intended to agree to bring several grams of heroin and cocaine into a federal penitentiary.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with information about the circumstances of the offence and of our client – essentially that she was manipulated by the co-accused. Mr. Mines persuaded Crown to allow our client to plead guilty to the lesser offence of simple possession and to make a joint submission for a 6 month conditional sentence order. Rather than a minimum 2 year mandatory sentence on the conspiracy charge,  our client received no jail time whatsoever.

R. vs. B.C. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the purpose of Trafficking (Cocaine and MDMA).
Issue: Whether police breached our client’s Charter right to counsel when they obtained an incriminating statement from him upon his arrest.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that police breached our client’s Charter rights. Crown, therefore, did not lead the statement and agreed to accept guilty pleas to simple possession. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge granted our client an absolute discharge. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine and heroin).
Issue: Whether the Crown had proved that our client had knowledge of the drugs that were in his possession at the time he was detained by police.
Result: After considering Mr. Mines’ submissions at the conclusion of this two day trial, the trial judge found our client not guilty. He was acquitted of all charges. No jail. No criminal record.

R. vs. C.H. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine).
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client intended to traffick the cocaine in his possession.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown Counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of simple possession. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client an absolute discharge. No criminal record.