• False Creek at night

Our Successes

Drug Charges

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

Charge: Possession of Cocaine.
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client had control over the drugs  that were located near him.
Result: Upon considering our representations, Crown counsel concluded that there was insufficient evidence against our client and declined to approve a charge. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of Marijuana.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution where our client was charged with possession of 5.5 ounces of marijuana.
Result: We were able to persuade Crown Counsel to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program. Upon competion, the Court dismissed the charge. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of a controlled substance.
Issue: Whether the marijuhana was possesed for the purpose of trafficking or was for personal use.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown that the 5 ounces of marijuhana was for personal use and, given our client’s circumstances, to allow him into the Alternative Measures Program. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Issue: Whether the police actions amounted to an unlawful search and seizure in this “dial-a-dope” case.
Result: We were able to steer our client through the investigation. Ultimately, after considering Mr. Johnson’s representations, the police agreed there were problems with the search and forwarded no charges to Crown. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Trafficking Marijuana.
Issue: Whether all of the evidence gathered during this extensive police investigation would be admissible against our client who was alleged to be trafficking at the pound level.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to abandon roughly half of its case due Charter breaches. After hearing our submissions, the Court granted our client a 6 month Conditional Sentence. No jail.

R. vs. K.C. – Salmon Arm Provincial Court

Charges: Production of Marijuana; PPT Marijuana and MDMA.
Issue: Whether the search warrant was valid; whether our client had standind to challenge the search; whether Crown could prove our client had control over the 1500 plant grow operation and the MDMA.
Result: We were able to persuade Crown that their case was flawed. Complete stay of proceedings prior to the second day of the trial. No criminal record.

R. vs. K.A. – Coquitlam RCMP Investigation

Charge: Possession of Controlled Drugs.
Issue: Whether the police could establish that the substance was a controlled “diet” drug.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to steer our client through the police investgation without any charge being recommended.

R. vs. A.P. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Trafficking (marijuana).
Issue: Whether police conducted a lawful search.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade crown that the police conduct amounted to enratapment. No charge approved.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (marijuana).
Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the jail sentence that was sought by the Crown.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the judge granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. K.L. and M.B. – Jasper Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (suspected MDMA).
Issue: Whether, given the circumstances, the drugs were possessed for the purpose of trafficking.
Result: The drugs analyzed showing only a trace amount of a controlled substance. Mr. Mines persuaded Crown that the other evidence fell short of proving an intent to traffick. The Crown withdrew the PPT charges and agreed to resolve the matter with a plea to a single count of simple possession of marijuana. The court imposed a $200 fine.

R. vs. G.B. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Marijuana).
Issue: Whether the vehicle stop and search were lawful.
Result: Mr. Mansoori-Dara was able to persuade Crown that his client’s Charter rights were breached. Stay of Proceedings prior to Trial. No criminal record.

R. vs. J.P. – New Westminster Supreme Court

Charges: Production; Posession for the Purpose of trafficking (Marijuana).
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that Mr. Mines’ client was the principle operator of the 1000 plant grow operation.
Result: After persuading Crown that his client was merely an enabler, and not the main individual resposnsible for the grow operation, the court accepted a joint submission for a conditional sentence. No jail.