Entries by Mike Mines

R. vs. J.F. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Possession for the purpose of Trafficking; Obstruct Police.

Issue: Whether the cocaine found by police was intended for sale or for personal use, and whether it was in the public interest to prosecute.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide information to Crown counsel which resulted in Crown agreeing to drop all charges upon our client successfully completing the Alternative Measures Program.

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

Charge: Possession of a loaded restricted handgun, without a permit.

Issue: Whether the Crown could prove that our client did anything more than briefly touch the gun while he a passenger in a vehicle.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade the trial judge that our client’s actions were minimal and that his youthful age and lack of record allowed him to be granted  a conditional discharge. No conviction. No jail.

R. vs. S.S. – Nelson Provincial Court

Charges: Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (MDMA, Ketamine, Cocaine).

Issue: Given the nature of the search and seizure, the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, and given the recent changes to the mandatory minimum jail sentence for this offence, whether our client was eligible for a non-custodial sentence.

Result: Notwithstanding the large amount of drugs involved (approximately 2 kgs), Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the court to impose a conditional sentence of two years, less one day. No jail.

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

Charges: Theft Over $5000 (from employer).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, whether she would be sentenced to jail.

Result: After steering our client through counselling and arranging her repayment of the misappropriated funds, Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to not seek a. jail sentence. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the court granted a suspended sentence and placed our client on probation for 18 months. No jail.

Maria D.

I don’t normally write reviews unless I’m unhappy, but this time I was so impressed I needed to share. Ian Gauthier at Mines & Company Law gave us prompt service and thoughtful planning about our next move
with our case. He listened well to our concerns and showed a lot of compassion when we needed it the most. We highly recommend him.

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

Charges: Sexual Assault; Uttering threats; assault, Breach of Release Order.

Issue: Whether there was a substantial likelihood of conviction.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel that there was no realistic chance of conviction on the sex assault charge and Crown proceeded only on the assault charge to which our client pleaded guilty. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the court granted our client a conditional discharge and Crown entered stays of proceeding on the remaining 3 counts. No jail, no criminal conviction.

D.M.

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. 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.