• We have a proven record of success.

    Defending criminal and driving charges since 1993.

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Our Successes

The vast majority of our clients’ cases are resolved favourably.

R. vs. A.J. – Insurance Fraud Investigation

Charges: Fraud Over $5,000 Investigation.

Issue: Given that we were able to negotiate a civil settlement of this $13,000 insurance claim overpayment, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with a criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to negotiate a settlement of the alleged fraudulent claim. We obtained a full Release, ending the matter in both the civil and criminal context. No further liability. No criminal charges.

R. vs. M.M. – New Westminster Police Investigation

Charge: Sexual Assault Investigation.

Issue: Whether there was sufficient evidence for police to recommend that criminal charges be approved.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to guide our client through the police investigation, and to provide police with information on our client’s behalf. Ultimately, police decided not to forward any charge to Crow. No charges approved. No criminal record.

R. vs. C.T. – Insurance Fraud Investigation

Charges: Fraud Under $5,000.

Issue: Given our client’s repayment of the alleged fraudulent health insurance benefits, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with criminal charges.

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to settle the matter civilly on our client’s behalf without any further civil or criminal proceeding. No charges were approved.

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

Charges: Assault (domestic) Reduced to Peace Bond.

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. Mines was able to steer our client through a course of rehabilitation and persuaded Crown to stay the assault charge and to allow our client to enter into a Peace Bond.

R. vs. G.V. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault; Uttering Threats.

Issue: Whether there was sufficient evidence for criminal charges to be approved.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide Crown counsel with additional information and persuaded Crown that it was not in the public interest to proceed with any criminal charges.

R. vs. M.H.E. – Abbotsford Provincial Court

Charges: Assault.

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

Result: Mr. Mines was able to provide information to Crown counsel regarding our client’s circumstances and was able to persuade Crown that there was no public interest in proceeding with a criminal prosecution. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Sexual Assault; Assault.

Issue: Given the rehabilitative steps we guided our client through, the nature of the sex assault itself and our client’s true remorse, whether a jail sentence or house arrest were required.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to make a joint submission for a conditional discharge. After hearing Mr. Mines’ submissions on our client’s behalf, the trial judge granted our client the discharge. No jail or house arrest. No criminal conviction.

R. vs. N. O. – Courtenay Provincial Court

Charges: Assault Causing Bodily Harm x2; Assault x3.

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

Result: Mr. Gauthier was able to provide information to Crown counsel which cast the complainant’s credibility and reliability into doubt. The Crown made an adjournment application which Mr. Gauthier opposed. Mr. Gauthier was able to persuade Crown to stay all of the criminal charges upon our client entering into a Peace Bond. No jail; No criminal record.

R. v. K.T. – Insurance Fraud Investigation

Charges: Fraud Under $5000.

Issue: Given our client’s repayment of the alleged fraudulent health insurance benefit claims, whether it was in the public interest to proceed with criminal charges.

Result: Mr. Mines was able settle the matter on our client’s behalf and received a Release from the insurer ending the matter without any further civil or criminal proceeding. No charges were approved.

R. vs. A.H. – Vancouver Supreme Court

Charges: Sentence Appeal – Forcible entry; Assault with a weapon.

Issue: Whether the Supreme Court would uphold our client’s conditional discharge that was granted to our client by the Provincial Court.

Result: After hearing Mr. Gauthier’s submissions on this sentence appeal, the Supreme Court justice agreed with Mr. Gautier and ruled that the sentence was appropriate in all the circumstances. The court dismissed the Crown’s appeal. The conditional discharge was upheld.

R. v. J.F. – Dawson Creek Provincial Court

Charge: Sexual Assault.

Issue: The credibility of the complainant’s testimony during this three day trial.

Result: After vigorous cross examination of the complainant and another Crown eyewitness, Mr. Gauthier made submissions which were accepted by the trial judge. The court found our client to be not guilty and aquitted him of the charge. No jail. No criminal record.

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

Charges: Sexual Assault (x2).

Issue: In the circumstances of these historic charges and our client’s rehabilitation, whether a community based sentence was appropriate.

Result: Notwithstanding that Crown counsel sought a 20 month jail sentence, the trial judge agreed with Mr. Mines’ submission that, in the circumstances of our client’s genuine remorse and rehabilitation, it was appropriate to  grant a conditional sentence of 21 months. No jail.