Entries by Mike Mines

R. vs. S.F. – Provincial Court of Newfoundland

Charge: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (Marijuana).

Issue: Whether it there was a substantial likelihood of obtaining a conviction.

Result: Upon considering Mr. Johnson’s representations, Crown counsel concluded that there was no longer a likelihood of conviction. Crown withdrew the charge, bringing the matter to an end. No criminal record.

R. vs. M.B. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Application for firearms prohibition and forfeiture.

Issue: Whether Crown could establish that our client posed a risk to himself or others.

Result: Mid trial, Mr. Mines was able to obtain a successful resolution in which our client consented to an 18 month prohibition rather than the 5 years Crown had been seeking.  Further, rather than having to forfeit the  $15,000 worth of weapons that police seized,  Crown agreed to allow our client to sell them to a suitable buyer.

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

Charge: Possession of proceeds of crime.

Issue: Whether there was any lawful authority to arrest our client and seize funds from him.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the investigating officer that there was no basis to search our client and to return the $2400 cash that he had seized. No charges approved. Not criminal record.

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

Charge: Public Mischief x2; Assault Police Officer.

Issue: Given our client’s personal circumstances and his rehabilitation, whether there was a public interest in proceeding with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to allow our client into the Alternative Measures Program and, upon its completion, to direct a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Mischief Under $5000.

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the charge, given the excessive force used in arresting our client.

Result: Mr. Johnson provided information to Crown on our client’s behalf and was able to persuade Crown to enter a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

R. vs. J.T. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Assault; Resist /Obstruct Police.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of a conviction and whether there was a public interest in proceeding with the charges.

Result: Mr. Johnson provided Crown with additional information regarding the alleged facts of the assault complaint and the excessive force used by police in arresting our client.  Ultimately Mr. Johnson persuaded Crown counsel to stay the proceedings on both charges. No criminal record.