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November 21, 2016 – Immediate Roadside Prohibition overturned

Paul Evans’ client received a 90-day roadside prohibition. Mr. Evans prepared a comprehensive affidavit for the client as well as detailed written submissions, demonstrating to the adjudicator that his client was deprived of his right to a second test. The result was the 90-day prohibition was removed from the client’s driving record and his car was immediately released from impoundment at no cost.

November 17, 2016 – Child returned to parents in Ministry case

Following determined advocacy on the part of Guillermo Flores, the Ministry of Children and Family Development agreed to return custody of his client’s children prior to the scheduled hearing.

October 20, 2016 – Client’s claim covered by ICBC

Phil Cote’s client had been denied insurance coverage by ICBC following a motor vehicle accident. Strong representation by Phil Cote at discoveries and other pre-trial stages of the case left ICBC with no other option but to cover the claim in its entirety and pay the client’s legal costs to date.

October 9, 2016 – Charges dropped in alleged child abuse case

Paul Evans’ client was charged with assault causing bodily harm against his autistic son. Following careful negotiations with Crown Counsel, highlighting weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and positive steps taken by client, charges were dropped early in the proceedings.

June 20, 2016 – Assault charges stayed against Cote & Evans client

Guillermo Flores’ client was facing charges of assaulting his common law partner. Mr. Flores highlighted inconsistencies in the witness account initially prompting Crown Counsel to propose a peace bond. Following continued negotiations, Mr. Flores was ultimately able to persuade Crown to drop the charges completely.

May 9, 2016 – Father granted additional parenting time

Following a five-day trial, the Provincial Court agreed with Phil Cote that the mother had unreasonably denied contact between father and son. Phil Cote’s client was granted additional parental time and responsibilities.

April 25, 2016 – Successful appeal in criminal mischief case

Paul Evans successfully argued that the trial judge created a reasonable apprehension of bias at the trial and his client’s conviction was overturned.

April 20, 2016 – No criminal record for client charged in massive charity tax fraud case

A client of Paul Evans was alleged to have participated in a fraudulent $4.9 million charitable tax receipt scheme. After a trial lasting several weeks, Mr. Evans’ client was found to have played only a minor role in the scheme and received an absolute discharge, meaning no criminal record for the client.

April 15, 2016 – Sentence overturned on appeal

Following submissions made by Shabana Ali, the BC Court of Appeal agreed to reduce the sentence of a client who had pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000. Ms. Ali’s client was released from custody and able to move on with his life.

March 11, 2016 – Client avoids jail sentence in driving case

A client of Guillermo Flores pleaded guilty to driving while prohibited. Because of his lengthy driving record, Crown Counsel sought a jail sentence. After hearing the submissions of Mr. Flores, the court determined it was not necessary to incarcerate his client, and instead ordered a modest fine.

March 11, 2016 – Cote & Evans clients not guilty of assault causing bodily harm

Cody Walker and Paul Evans successfully defended clients charged with assault resulting from a neighbour dispute in Coalmont, BC. The court was left with serious doubts about the credibility of the main witnesses in the case following determined cross-examination by Mr. Walker and Mr. Evans.

January 22, 2016 – Child apprehended by Ministry returned to Cote & Evans client

A Provincial Court Judge ordered the Ministry of Children and Family Development to return custody of a child to Shabana Ali’s client. Following several days of trial, the court was persuaded that Ms. Ali’s client had addressed the Ministry’s concerns and the child could be returned to her care under supervision.

October 8, 2015 – Application dismissed for sexual offender seeking access to child

Shabana Ali successfully defended against an application by the other party in a family law case for increased and unsupervised access to his child. The other party had a previous history of sexual offences and Ms. Ali persuaded the court that the application was not in the child’s best interests.

September 21, 2015 – Cost award for Cote & Evans client:

After having successfully defended a civil law claim brought against his client, Phil Cote managed to secure a cost-award against the other party in the amount of $21,000.

September 17, 2015 – Cote & Evans client acquitted in ICBC fraud case:

Paul Evans’ client was charged with fraud over an allegedly false statement to an ICBC insurance adjuster. The court was left with doubts about the reliability of the star witness for the prosecution after vigorous cross-examination and accepted the defence evidence tendered in the case. Mr. Evans’ client was found not guilty.

August 28, 2015 – Funds returned to Cote & Evans client following summary trial application:

Cody Walker brought a successful application on behalf of a client who had his income tax return taken by his ex-wife after it was inadvertently deposited into a joint-account. After a summary trial, the court ordered the return of all funds to Mr. Walker’s client as well as costs against the other party.

August 25, 2015 – Child support arrears reduced and FMEP action ended:

Following successful negotiations with the other party by Paul Evans, his client’s child support arrears were substantially reduced. The result means that the client can move forward with his financial affairs free from interference by the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program.

August 19, 2015 – Driving prohibition against Cote & Evans client overturned on review:

A client of Paul Evans received a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition after failing two roadside screening tests. Mr. Evans successfully argued that the results from the two tests were not reliable and the driving prohibition was overturned.

August 5, 2015 – Dangerous driving and impaired driving charges dropped against Cote & Evans client:

After reviewing representations made by Phil Cote, Crown Counsel dropped charges of dangerous driving and impaired driving against his client. In the end, the client received a traffic ticket resulting in no criminal record.

July 30, 2015 – Children returned to custody of Cote & Evans client:

The other party in a family law case had refused to return children to Shabana Ali’s client in accordance with an agreement. Following an application brought by Ms. Ali, the children were ordered returned to her client’s care immediately.

July 24, 2015 – Cote & Evans defends client’s parenting time with children:

Phil Cote successfully defended an application brought by the other side in Supreme Court to reduce his client’s share of parenting time. Mr. Cote convinced the court that it was in the children’s best interests for the shared parenting arrangement to continue.

July 3, 2015 – ICBC ordered to pay full insurance claim for stolen vehicle:

Phil Cote’s client had been refused insurance coverage by ICBC after his vehicle was stolen. After cross-examination of ICBC’s expert on anti-theft devices, the court was satisfied that Mr. Cote’s client’s vehicle had been stolen and ICBC was ordered to pay the value of the vehicle as well as costs to Mr. Cote’s client.