Entries by Mike Mines

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. A.V. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Fraud Under $5000 (police investigation).

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to assist our client to make civil restitution and to persuade police to not recommend any criminal charges. No charge was approved. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Dangerous Driving; Obstruct/Resist Arrest (Reduced to MVA charge).

Issue: Whether the Crown would be able to prove that our client had the necessary element of  intent for a criminal conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on a lesser charge under the Motor Vehicle Act of speeding relative to the road conditions. Our client was sentenced to a driving prohibition. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Assault with a Weapon; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown that there were flaws in the evidence and that a conviction was highly unlikely. No charges were approved. 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 forwarded to Crown counsel.

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

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm (Reduced to Peace Bond).

Issue: After directing our client through a course of self rehabilitation, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to stay the criminal charge upon our client being placed on a peace bond. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Driving while Prohibited.

Issue: Whether our client would be sentenced to the mandatory minimum 12 month driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser charge of driving without a valid drivers license. Our client was sentenced to a fine. No driving prohibition.

R. v. P.Z. – North Vancouver 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.