• We have a proven record of success.

    Defending criminal and driving charges since 1993.

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Our Successes

The vast majority of our clients’ cases are resolved favourably.

R. v. S.W. – Courtenay RCMP Investigation

Charges: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Issue: Whether the search of the vehicle and our client was lawful.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to steer our client through the investigation and made representations to police that the search was unlawful. Police declined to recommend any  charges. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Assault with a Weapon.

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we guided our client through, whether it was in the public interest for Crown to seek a conviction on this charge.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to permit our client to plead to the lesser offence of common assault. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. J.J. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of  the Crown being able to prove that bodily harm occurred.

Result: Mr. Johnson persuaded Crown to permit our client to plead to the lesser offence of common assault. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given that the complainant had instigated the altercation, whether it was in the public interest for our client to be convicted of the offence.

Result: We were able to guide our client through a course of rehabilitation and, after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on a non-reporting probation order for six months. No criminal conviction.

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

Charge: Refusing to comply with a testing demand.

Issue: Given the circumstances of the offence and our client, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser Motor Vehicle Act offence of driving without due care. Rather than a criminal conviction and a minimum 12 month driving prohibition, our client was liable to pay a $350 fine and a 2 month driving prohibition. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Given the circumstances of the offence and our client, whether it was necessary for Crown to proceed with the driving while prohibited charge, which carries a mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown to proceed on the lesser Motor Vehicle Act charge of driving without a driver’s licence. After hearing Mr. Johnson’s submissions our client was sentenced to a fine and a 4 month driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm (domestic).

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that bodily harm resulted and, whether the rehabilitative steps our client had taken justified the Court granting a conditional discharge.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the charge of common assault. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

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

Charge: Assault; Threatening.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of conviction in this alleged “road rage” case.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to provide information to Crown counsel on our client’s behalf that led Crown to conclude there was no substantial likelihood of conviction. No charge approved. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Theft Under $5000; Uttering Threats.

Issue: Whether, given our client’s circumstances and remorse, whether it was in the public interest for criminal charges to proceed.

Result: We were able to provide information to police investigators which resulted in police deciding to not forward any charges to Crown. No criminal record.

R. vs. H.L. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charge: Sexual Assault.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of a conviction.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to provide information to the Crown on our client’s behalf that persuaded Crown that the case did not meet the charge approval standard. No charge was approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. S.F. – Provincial Court of Newfoundland

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Marijuana).

Issue: Whether it there was a substantial likelihood of obtaining a conviction.

Result: Upon considering Mr. Johnson’s representations, Crown counsel concluded that there was no longer a likelihood of conviction. Crown withdrew the charge, bringing the matter to an end. No criminal record.

R. vs. M.B. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Application for firearms prohibition and forfeiture.

Issue: Whether Crown could establish that our client posed a risk to himself or others.

Result: Mid trial, Mr. Mines was able to obtain a successful resolution in which our client consented to an 18 month prohibition rather than the 5 years Crown had been seeking.  Further, rather than having to forfeit the  $15,000 worth of weapons that police seized,  Crown agreed to allow our client to sell them to a suitable buyer.