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Our Successes

Murder and other Serious Offences

R. vs. L.W. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charges: Robbery; Unlawful Confinement; Extortion; Theft.
Issue: Whether there was a reasonable likelihood of a conviction.
Result: Mr. Mansoori-Dara persuaded Crown to enter a complete Stay of Proceedings on all charges prior to the preliminary inquiry commencing. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Robbery with a Weapon.
Issue: Whether, given Mr. Mines’ client’s mental health issues, it was appropriate to proceed with the robbery prosecution.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser related charge of common assault. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted a Conditional Discharge that focussed on rehabilitation. No jail.

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

Charge: Aggravated Assault.
Issue: Whether Mr. Mines’ client was suffering from a mental disorder at the time she stabbed her brother causing life threatening injuries.
Result: Mr. Mines and Crown Counsel presented expert psychiatric opinion evidence which was accepted by the court. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on his client’s behalf, the trial judge found that his client was Not Criminally Responsible on account of mental disorder. No criminal record.

R. vs. J. W. L. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Aggravated Assault; Assault with a Weapon (x2).
Issue: Whether it was appropriate for Mr. Mines’ client to be released on bail.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on his client’s behalf, the judge released Mr. Mines’ client on surety bail.

R. vs. S.L. – Vancouver Supreme Court

Charge: Attempted Murder; Aggravated Sex Assault.
Issue: Whether Mr. Mines’ client was suffering from a mental disorder.
Result: After a five week Supreme Court trial, the judge accepted Mr. Mines’ submissions and found his client Not Criminally Responsible on account of mental disorder.

R. vs. W.S. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charge: Kidnapping; Unlawful Confinement.
Issue: What the appropriate sentence would be in the circumstances. The Crown sought a 2.5 – 3 year Federal Penitentiary sentence.
Result: Mr. Mines negotiated a disposition agreement with Crown Counsel. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on his client’s behalf, the trial judge imposed a 9 month Provincial sentence. No probation.

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

Charge: Create Terrorism Hoax; Public Mischief.
Issue: Whether, in the circumstances of the offence, it would be appropriate for the Court to convict Mr. Mines’ client.
Result: After lengthy submissions to Crown Counsel by Mr. Mines, Crown agreed to proceed on the lesser charge of Public Mischief. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted his client a Discharge.

R. vs. D.D. et al. – Vancouver Supreme Court

Charge: Kidnapping; Assault with a Weapon.
Issue: Whether Crown could prove the identity and the intentions of Mr. Mines’ client.
Result: Not Guilty. Mr. Mines’ client was acquitted of all charges (11 day jury trial).

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

Charge: Robbery with a Weapon.
Issue: Whether the Crown had proved that Mr. Mines’ client was, in fact, the robber.
Result: Not Guilty. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on the “frailties of eyewitness identification,” the trial judge dismissed the charge.

R. vs. P.W. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (after investigation for Murder).
Issue: Whether Mr. Mines’ client would be sentenced to jail in circumstances where the co-accused was charged with manslaughter.
Result: After receiving Mr. Mines’ advice during the investigation stage, the accused was charged with assault. Upon Mr. Mines’ client pleading guilty, and after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge suspended sentence and placed Mr. Mines’ client on probation.

R. vs. S.M. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Importing Over $10,000 Currency into Canada.
Issue: Whether Mr. Mines’ client, a U.S. citizen, would be released from custody and whether he would face incarceration upon conviction for importing approximately $500,000 U.S. cash
into Canada
Result: After obtaining his clients’ release from custody, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown Counsel to withdraw the criminal charge.