• False Creek at night

Our Successes

Drug Charges

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.

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

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of trafficking (Marijuana).
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that Mr. Mines’ client had knowledge of the bulk marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle he was driving.
Result: Not Guilty. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge agreed that there was no evidence on which a conviction could be based. Charge dismissed. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Trafficking (Marijuana).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for the court to grant a conditional discharge in a trafficking case.
Result: The trial judge accepted Mr. Mansoori-Dara’s submission that, in the circumstances, it was appropriate to grant a conditional discharge without probation. No conviction.

R. vs. D.P. – Squamish RCMP Investigation

Charges: Possesstion for the Purpose of Trafficking (Marijuana, MDMA, LSD).
Issue: Whether police conducted a lawful search of Mr. Mines client’s vehicle.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to steer his client through the investigation which resulted in police deciding not to recommend that any charges be approved.

R. vs. A.M. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charges: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Cocaine & Marijuana).
Issue: Whether the police conducted a lawful arrest and search of the vehicle in this “dial-a-dope” case.
Result: On the second day of trial, Mr. Mines made successful application to have the drug evidence (worth approximately $15,000) excluded on the basis that the search was unlawful. All charges dismissed. No criminal record.