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Our Successes

Sexual Offences

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

Charges: Sexual Assault; Uttering threats; assault, Breach of Release Order.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that there was no realistic chance of conviction on the sex assault charge and Crown proceeded only on the assault charge to which our client pleaded guilty. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge and Crown entered stays of proceeding on the remaining 3 counts. No jail, no criminal conviction.

R. vs. M.L. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual Interference.

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client sexually interfered with his niece.

Result: After a 6 day trial, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the trial judge that there was reasonable doubt as to the complainant’s credibility and reliability. Not guilty. No jail. No criminal record.

R. vs. H. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual Assault.

Issue: Whether the Crown was able to provide the additional disclosure that Mr. Johnson demanded before proceeding to trial.

Result: In the face of Mr. Johnson’s application, Crown counsel elected to enter a complete stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

R. vs. M.M. – Courtenay Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual Assault (police investigation).

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

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade police that it was in the parties’ best interest and not contrary to the public interest to resolve this matter through Restorative Justice. No charges were approved. no criminal record.

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

Charge: Sexual Assault.

Issue: Whether there was merit in moving forward with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to provide information to Crown counsel that led to Crown concluding there was no substantial likelihood of a conviction. Stay of proceedings. No jail. No criminal record.

R. vs. D.M. – Burnaby RCMP Investigation

Charges: Sexual Interference; Invitation to Sexual Touching; Assault.

Issue: Whether the evidence would lead to charges being approved.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to guide our client through the police investigation and to ultimately persuade the investigating officer that the evidence of the complaint was not reliable. No criminal charges were approved.

R. vs. N.D. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charges: Invitation to Sexual Touching (x2).

Issues: To what extent the court would consider our client’s remorse and rehabilitation when passing sentence.

Result: Notwithstanding that our client was in a position of trust and the Crown had originally sought a sentence of 12 months jail, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel and the Court that the appropriate sentence was 90 days, to be served on weekends.

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

Charges: Sexual Assault; Assault; Theft Under; Breach of Undertaking.

Issue: Given our client’s circumstances and the circumstances of the allegations, whether it was in the public interest for Crown to proceed with all charges.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed only on the assault charge and to stay proceedings on all other charges. After considering Mr. mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on probation for 12 months. No criminal conviction.

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. T.A. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Commit Indecent Act.

Issue: Whether it was appropriate for Crown to proceed with the charge.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to present information on our client’s behalf and was able to persuade Crown counsel that there was no longer any public interest in proceeding with this matter. Stay of proceedings. Warrant cancelled. No criminal record.

R. vs. K.M. – Surrey RCMP Investigation

Charge: Sexual Assault.

Issue: Whether there was sufficient evidence to meet the Crown’s charge approval standard.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to steer our client through the investigation and was able to provide information to police and Crown which culminated in Crown counsel’s decision to not approve any charges. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Sexual Assault x2; Sexual Interference.

Issue: Given the extensive information that we were able to provide to Crown counsel, whether there remained a substantial likelihood of a conviction.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on all counts. No jail. No criminal record.