Entries by Mike Mines

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I don’t normally get involved in writing reviews for professional services, but when people go above and beyond what is normally expected, I can’t “not” take the time to give praise, where praise is due and let others know! I required legal representation a few years back, Micheal Mines and Ryan Johnson came highly recommended. I hired Micheal after the initial meeting and interview, I hoped for the best outcome, whatever that might be.

Micheal and Ryan work seamlessly together and are extremely professional. I may add, they are obviously very well connected in Vancouver. Together, they managed to obtain the very best possible outcome in my case, which is the best anybody can hope for when dealing with these difficult and complicated situations. I highly recommend this legal team! Quite obviously the very highest level of service in Vancouver.

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

Charge: Driving while prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with this charge which carries a mandatory one year driving prohibition upon conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with information that concluded our client was not at all responsible for the motor vehicle accident and persuaded Crown to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without aa valid license. Our client was sentenced to a fine and a 3 month driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with this charge, which carries a mandatory minimum one year driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser offence of Driving without a valid license, contrary to s. 24(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Our client was sentenced to a fine and a 3 month driving prohibition.

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

Charges: Mischief Over $5000; Assault Police Officer.

Issue: Whether the sentence ought to emphasize punishment or rehabilitation in this matter where our client was alleged to have caused over $100,000 in damage to his building.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide Crown counsel with materials confirming the rehabilitative steps our client had taken for his mental health. The cRown stayed the assault police officer charge and, after hearing Mr. Gauthier’s submissions, the Court granted our client a conditional discharge and placed him on probation. No jail.

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

Charges: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for Crown to proceed with the prosecution of this offence which carries a 12 month mandatory minimum driving prohibition.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid licence. Our client received a $500 fine and a 30 day driving prohibition.

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. R.R. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charges: Theft Under $5000 (shoplifting).

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with information that led Crown to resolve this matter with a Caution Letter. No charges were approved. No criminal record.

R. v. C.C. – Surrey provincial Court

Charges: Impaired Driving, Dangerous Driving Causing Death.

Issues: Whether police breached our client’s Charter rights during the investigation; whether the court would accept the Crown’s sentencing submission.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that police breached our client’s right against an unlawful seizure of his breath samples. This resulted in the Crown’s inability to prove the Impaired Driving / Over .08 offences.  The Crown had originally been seeking up to 4.5 years jail, but sought a one year jail sentence on the Dangerous Driving Causing Death charge. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court found that 5 months was the appropriate sentence.