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

Charge: Driving While Prohibited.

Issue: Whether the crown would be able to prove that our client was the driver of the vehicle.

Result: We were able to persuade Crown counsel that there was problem with the identification evidence and, therefore, to proceed on the lesser offence of driving without a valid driver’s licence.  Rather than a one year minimum driving prohibition, our client was sentenced to a $500 fine. No driving prohibition.

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

Charge: Assault; Uttering Threats (domestic).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps our client achieved under our direction, whether there was a public interest in proceeding with the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade Crown counsel to stay the charges.  All restrictive conditions removed. No criminal record.

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

Charge: Assault (domestic).

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to point to a lack of evidence with respect to the charge resulting in Crown counsel entering a stay of proceedings. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm; Driving Without Due Care and Attention.
Issue: Whether it was appropriate for Crown to charge our client under the Criminal Code or the Motor Vehicle Act in regard to an accident where our client’s vehicle struck a cyclist from behind, causing serious injury.
Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide information to Crown which resulted in Crown proceeding under the Motor Vehicle Act. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions, the Court sentenced our client to a $1000 fine and limited his ability to drive for 12 months. No criminal conviction. No loss of insurance coverage. No jail.

R. vs. L.B. – North Vancouver Provincial Court

Charge: Fraud Over $5000 (from employer).

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps our client had completed and given the compelling explanation of why the offence occurred, whether it was in the public interest for our client to recieve a conviction.

Result: Mr. Johnson was able to persuade the Crown to proceed summarily on the lesser offence of Fraud Under $5000, and after hearing Mr. Johnson’s submission, the court granted our client an absolute discharge. No criminal record.