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Our Successes

Theft & Fraud

R. vs. RHG – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Attempted B&E.
Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client intended to break into the business establishment.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel that, despite being found on the rooftop in suspicious circumstances, our client had a reasonable explanation for being there. Charges stayed. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Robbery.
Issue: Whether Crown witnesses could identify our client as the person who robbed the bank.
Result: Mr. Johnson directed the Court’s attention to a body of evidence which suggested that police unfairly manipulated the photographs on which our client was identified. On the 6th day of trial. Crown counsel directed a stay of proceedings. No conviction. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).
Issue: Whether, despite being caught on video surveillance, it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings upon our client completing the Alternative Measures program. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Robbery.
Issue: Whether Crown witnesses could identify our client as the person who robbed the bank.
Result: Mr. Johnson directed the Court’s attention to a body of evidence which suggested that police unfairly manipulated the photographs on which our client was identified. On the 6th day of trial. Crown counsel directed a stay of proceedings. No conviction. No criminal record.

R. vs. R.C. – Vancouver Police Investigation

Charge: Theft; Fraud Over $5000.
Issue: Whether police would proceed with criminal charges.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to negotiate a civil settlement in the amount of $7,500 in this case where our client was alleged to have defrauded a corporation of more than $25,000. No criminal charges.

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

Charge: Theft Under $5000.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceeed with a criminal prosecution.
Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown Counsel that, given the rehabilitative steps our client had taken on his own initiative, it was no longer necessary to proceed. No charge was ever approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. M.E. – Vancouver Civil Matter

Charge: Fraud Over $5000.
Issue: Whether the complainant corporation would proceed with a criminal complaint in this alleged $30,000 fraud case.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to negotiate a civil settlement  in the amount of $20,000 on our client’s behalf. No charges were forwarded.

R. vs. V.G. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).
Issue: Whether, given our representations to Crown counsel regarding our client’s lack of intention to steal, there was a reasonable likelihood of a conviction.
Result: Crown agreed to stay the charge prior to the matter being set down for trial. No criminal record or any other sanction imposed.

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

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal charge.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to allow our client into the Alternative Measures progream without any charge being approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. G.C. – West Vancouver Police Investigation

Charge: Theft Under $5000 (from employer).
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal charge.
Result: Our client made restitution to the complainant and, in the circumstances, Mr. Mines was able to persuade police to treat the case as a civil file. No criminal charges were forwarded. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Theft Under $5000; Fraud Under $5000 (from employer).
Issue: Whether a jail sentence was warranted in the circumstances.
Result: Despite having a prior record for a similar offence, our client took rehabilitatve steps which allowed us to persuade Crown counsel to not seek  jail. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted her a six month conditional sentence with no house arrest or curfew.

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

Charge: Theft Under $5000; Assault.
Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for the Crown to continue with the criminal prosecution.
Result: Notwithstanding that our client was accused of assaulting the loss prevention officer that apprehended her for shoplifting, we were able to persuade Crown to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program. No charge approved. No criminal record.