• 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. vs. J.K. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm; Choking; Uttering Threats (domestic).

Issue: Whether the complainant’s allegation was credible, given the alibi evidence Mr. Johnson was able to provide to Crown counsel.

Result: Based on Mr. Johnson’s representations, Crown counsel entered a stay of proceedings on all charges. No jail. No criminal record.

R. vs. L.J.A. – New Westminter Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Threatening, Mischief to property, Resist Arrest.

Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the 4 month jail sentence Crown was seeking.

Result: On the eve of the trial date, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown to only proceed on the assault causing bodily harm charge and, after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client a suspended sentence. Crown stayed the remaining charges. No jail.

R. vs. J.F. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to provide information about our client to Crown counsel and persuaded Crown to not approve any charges in this matter. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Possession for the purpose of Trafficking; Obstruct Police.

Issue: Whether the cocaine found by police was intended for sale or for personal use, and whether it was in the public interest to prosecute.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide information to Crown counsel which resulted in Crown agreeing to drop all charges upon our client successfully completing the Alternative Measures Program.

R. vs. T.L. – Vancouver Police Investigation

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).

Issue: Whether the Crown would be able to prove that our client intended to steal the items she took from the store.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide information to police about our client and to persuade police to not proceed with any charges. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Break & Enter; Assault (reduced to Peace Bond).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution of this domestic assault/ break and enter case.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to withdraw the criminal charges upon our client entering into a 12 month peace bond. No criminal record.

R. vs. M.S. – Sidney RCMP Investigation

Charges: Theft/Fraud Over (from employer).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for police to proceed with criminal charges in this case involving $70,000 in misappropriated funds.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to negotiate a civil settlement with the complainant and then persuaded police that there was no public interest in a criminal prosecution. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Possession of a loaded restricted firearm.

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client did anything more than briefly touch the gun while he a passenger in a vehicle.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade the trial judge that our client’s actions were minimal and that his youthful age and lack of record allowed him to be granted  a conditional discharge. No conviction. No jail.

R. vs. S.S. – Nelson Provincial Court

Charges: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (MDMA, Ketamine, Cocaine).

Issue: Given the nature of the search and seizure, the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, and given the recent changes to the mandatory minimum jail sentence for this offence, whether our client was eligible for a non-custodial sentence.

Result: Notwithstanding the large amount of drugs involved (approximately 2 kgs), Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the court to impose a conditional sentence of two years, less one day. No jail.

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

Charges: Assault.

Issue: Given the provocation that preceded the incident, what  the appropriate sentence would be.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to persuade the court to sentence our client to a period of probation of 12 months. No jail.

R. vs. B.K. – New Westminster Provincial Court

Charge: Indecent Act.

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings upon our client completing an extensive course of counselling. No criminal record.

R. vs. K.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Theft Over $5000 (from employer).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, whether she would be sentenced to jail.

Result: After steering our client through counselling and arranging her repayment of the misappropriated funds, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to not seek a. jail sentence. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the court granted a suspended sentence and placed our client on probation for 18 months. No jail.