R. vs. S.B. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm; Assault Police Officer.

Issue: Given our client’s severe mental health issues, whether he was criminally responsible for the offences.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide information about our client’s mental health history to Crown counsel and, ultimately, was able to persuade Crown to end the prosecution. Stay of proceedings. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Mischief Under $5000.

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

Result: Mr. Gauthier provided information about our client to Crown counsel and was able to persuade Crown that there was no public interest in prosecuting this matter. No charge approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. W.F. – Richmond Provincial Court

Charge: Assault.

Issue: Whether this road rage incident was a criminal offence or a consensual fight.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to present Crown counsel with video evidence which confirmed that the complainant had engaged in a consensual altercation. Stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

R. vs. K.Y. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Assault Causing Bodily Harm.

Issue: Whether the 18 month jail sentence Crown had sought was reasonable in all the circumstances.

Result: Mr. Johnson provided information to the Crown and Court and ultimately persuaded the trial judge to sentence our client to a 7 month conditional sentence , followed ny 18 months probation. No jail.

R. vs. G.W. – North Vancouver RCMP Investigation

Charge: Assault with a weapon.

Issue: Whether there was sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able collect information from a defence witness and represent to police that our client should not  be prosecuted. Police concluded their investigation without recommending any criminal charge against our client. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault with a Weapon.

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we directed our client to complete, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to persuade Crown counsel to not approve any charge prior to the scheduled first court appearance. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Assault with a Weapon (x2).

Issue: Whether it was in the public interest for the court to grant our client a conditional discharge.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to direct our client through a course of rehabilitative counselling, and after hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge granted our client a conditional discharge. No criminal conviction.

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

Charges: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps that we were able to guide our client through, whether there was a public interest in continuing with the prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to amend the bail condition to allow “permissive contact” with the complainant, and after providing Crown with a report from our client’s psychologist Crown counsel ended the prosecution. Stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault.

Issue: Whether it was appropriate for our client to receive a suspended sentence despite having two prior assault convictions.

Result: After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the trial judge granted our client a suspended sentence with 12 months of ” non reporting” probation.  No jail.

R. vs. B.I. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault.

Issue: Given the Covid-19 pandemic, whether it was appropriate to refer our client into the Alternative Measures Program for this assault by spitting offence.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with compelling information about our client which resulted in Crown allowing our client into Alternative Measures and staying the charge upon our client completing the program. No criminal record.

R. vs. T.F. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charges: Assault with a Weapon; Uttering Threats x2; Unlawful Confinement.

Issues: Whether Crown could prove that a weapon was used or that the complainant was unlawfully confined.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to accept pleas to the lesser charges of common assault and uttering a threat. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the trail judge granted our client a conditional discharge. No jail; no permanent criminal record.

R. vs. J.L. – Surrey Provincial Court

Charge: Assault (domestic).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we were able to guide our client through, whether it was in the public interest to continue with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings on the assault charge upon you entering into a s. 810 peace bond. No criminal record.