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Our Successes

Theft & Fraud

R. vs. D.A. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Theft Over $5000.
Issue: Whether it was appropriate to sentence our client to jail for stealing over $50,000 of merchandise from her employer.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to make a joint submission for a conditional sentence order notwithsatnding the serious breach of trust issue in this  case. After hearing our submissions, the Court placed our client on a 12 month CSO. No jail.

R. vs. E.A. – Burnaby RCMP Investigation

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the  prosecution.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the investigating officer to not recommend charges to Crown counsel. No charge approved. no criminal record.

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

Charge: Theft Over $5000 (from employer).
Issue: Whether our client would receive a conviction and a criminal record.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that they could only prove that the thest was in the range of $3500. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions about the rehabilitative steps our client had taken, the Court agreed that there wer exceptional circumstances and granted our client an Absolute Discharge. No probation. No criminal record.

R. v. D.L. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Fraud Under $5000.
Issue: Whether, given the rehabilitative steps our client had taken on her own initiative, it was in the public interest to proceed with criminal charges.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

R. vs. U.J.O. – Brampton, Ontario Court of Justice

Charge: Fraud Over $5000.
Issue: To what extent could Crown counsel prove that our client was involved in a “foreign lottery scam” designed to deprive the complainant of $65,000?
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown that our client was merely a courier and not a director of the fraud. Rather than the jail sentence Crown had been seeking, our client pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of attempted fraud under $5000. He was sentenced to a $2000 fine and 12 months probation.

R. vs. S.S. – Vancouver Police Investigation

Charge: Fraud Over $5000 (from employer).
Issue: Given the civil settlement of this matter, whether it was  in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to achieve a civil settlement on behalf of our client. On this basis the police elected to not proceed with any charge. No criminal record.

R. vs. S.J. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client actually removed items from the store.
Result: Because no items were recovered from our client and because the surveillance video was inconclusive, Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown Counsel to not approve any charge. No criminal record.

R. vs. R.M. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charge: Theft Under $5000.
Issue: Whether it was  in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge in this $400 shoplifting case.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown Counsel to not approve the criminal charge upon our client completing Alternative Measures.

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

Charge: Fraud Under $5000.
Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of a conviction and whether it was in the public interest to prosecute.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown that our client had a viable explanation for not paying his bill. Crown entered a stay of proceedings and cancelled the arrest warrant. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Attempted Fraud Over $5,000.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for our client to be granted a discharge in the circumstances of attempting to fraudulently open a $50,000 bank line of credit.
Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on probation for one year.

R. vs. E.K. – BC Provincial Court

Charge: Fraud Over $5000.
Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to jail for this $480,000 breach of trust fraud offence.
Result: Mr. Mines successfully negotiated a civil settlement in  the amount of $200,000. He was then able to persuade Crown Counsel to agree to not seek a jail sentence. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court sentenced our client to an 18 month conditional sentence. No jail.

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

Charge: Theft; Posession of Stolen Property Under $5000.
Issue: Whether, given new evidence provided by our client, the Crown had a reasonable prospect of a conviction.
Result: At the outset of the trial, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to call no evidence. The trial judge dismissed both charges. No criminal record.