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Our Successes

Drug Charges

R. vs. S.K. – Surrey provincial Court

Charge: Careless Use, Unsafe Storage of a Firearm; Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Issue: Whether, given the circumstances, our client had a lawful excuse for possessing the firearm, and, further, whether the search was lawful and whether our client had knowledge and control of the drugs that were seized.
Result: After considering information provided by Mr. Mines, Crown Counsel decided not to approve any criminal charge, instead proceeding only with a Firearms Prohibition application. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submission, the Court imposed a 5 year firearms prohibition. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of Cocaine.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown Counsel to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program. Upon completion, Crown withdrew the charge. No criminal record.

R. vs. A.W. – Castlegar Provincial Court

Charge: Possession of Controlled Substance (x5).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to prosecute our client who was found in possession of marijuana, MDA, LSD, MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program and to stay all charges upon our client successfully completing the program.

R. vs E.S. – Kelowna Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (MDMA).
Issue: Whether police had breached our client’s Charter rights when they arrested and searched him based solely on a complaint from a “concerned citizen”.
Result: Mr. Mines provided Crown Counsel with an outline of his legal arguments and, on the eve of the trial, Crown Counsel entered a Stay of Proceedings. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of Cocaine.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal prosecution.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown into allowing our client into the Alternative Measures Program. Upon completion, the Court dismissed the charge against our client. No criminal record.

R. vs. Y.C. – Coquitlam RCMP Investigation

Charge: Production of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Issue: Whether police conducted a legal search of the residence that yielded over 100 growing cannabis plants and whether our client had knowledge and control of the operation.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to steer our client through the investigation that concluded with no charges being recommended. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (x5).
Issue: Whether Crown could prove that our client had knowledge and control of the drugs in this “dial-a-dope/buy and bust” case
Result: After a two day trial, the Court agreed with Mr. Mines’ submisssions and found our client not guilty on all 5 drug counts.

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

Charge: Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).
Issue: Whether our client would be convicted of the charge.
Result: Contrary to Crown Counsel’s sentencing position, after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client an Absolute Discharge. No permanent criminal record.

R. vs. B.S. and S.T. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).
Issue: Whether our clients would have convictions registered against them.
Result: Contrary to Crown counsel’s sentencing position, the court, after considering Mr. Mines’ submissions, granted both of our clients Absolute Discharges. No permanent record.

R. vs. J.T. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Possession of Cocaine.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for our client to be granted a discharge.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide evidence and submissions to the court which resulted in the court granting an absolute discharge. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. C.H. – Burnaby RCMP Investigation

Charge: Mischief to property.
Issue: Whether our client had criminal intent to damage the property in question.
Result: After considering Mr. Mines’ representations, Crown Counsel decided there was no reasonable likelihood of a conviction. They elected not to approve any charge. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2).
Issue: Whether the rehabilitative steps our client had taken would result in the Court granting him a discharge.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the Court granted him an absolute discharge. No criminal record.