Uttering Threats

The offence is committed when a person, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat to, cause death or bodily harm to any person; to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or to kill, poison or injure an animal or bird that is the property of any person. A personal liable for an offence of uttering threats, in relation to death or bodily harm, is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; or an offence punishable on summary Learn More

Domestic Assault

An accusation of Domestic Assault can have a sizable impact on a family unit, particularly where children are a part of that unit. A charge of domestic assault can lead to a no contact order, which means that the accused cannot communicate with the victim both directly or indirectly; additionally, it often means that the accused is not able to return to the family home. Punishment for a charge of Domestic Assault can range anywhere from a period of probation (coupled with anger management) to imprisonment. If a weapon was present and/ or used during the Learn More

Recent Cases

R.v.Client The Client was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The police were called and the client was taken to a police station to provide a breath sample. The client provided two samples; the first sample read 170 and the second sample sample also 170. There was a trial before a Provincial Court Judge, and the defense argued that the police officer did not have sufficient reasonable and probable ground to demand a breath sample; the Judge agreed with the defense motion and excluded both readings. The client was found not guilty. R. v. Client The Learn More

Client Testimonials

Vancouver Lawyer, John P. Cheevers, has handled many criminal cases over his lengthy career as a criminal defense lawyer. It is astonishing that where there does not appear to be any hope of an acquittal, he can often pull the rabbit out of the hat and walk out of the court with his client who has been acquitted. Hi John I just want to thank you for that amazing job you did for me. I still cannot understand how you got an acquittal. I know I was facing a long driving suspension and jail as I Learn More


John Cheevers has dealt with every type of assault case in his career. His advice to all clients is, do not speak to the police without speaking to John first. A lawyer is your resource. John will guide you through the process and deal with the police for you. If you have a case relating to any form of assault, call John at 604-685-8889. Generally, people who are being charged with assault and/ or for uttering threats are people who have been put in situations where a war of words has broken out. On many occasions, Learn More

Practice Areas

Criminal lawyer John Cheevers, practices in the area of Criminal Law. Some of the typical cases he takes on, but not limited to, are: All Criminal Code offences that are regularly prosecuted. For example: All forms of assault Common assault; Spousal assault; Assault causing bodily harm; Assault with a weapon; Aggravated assault; Sexual assaults; Attempted murder; and Murder (which is an assault in which a death occurs). Uttering threats Mischief Robbery Theft Firearm Offences Firearms and weapons offences including firearms that are restricted, prohibited, unregistered, unsafely stored, unsafely transported, etc. All drug matters under the Controlled Learn More

Sexual Assault

Defending sex assault cases is more than simply resolving the issue of consent. With the right preparation and the right cross examination, the prosecution can fall short of establishing the essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Sex related offences under the Criminal Code of Canada can result in very serious consequences for a person accused of such. There are various sexually-related offences under the Criminal Code including, Sexual Assault, Child Pornography, and Sexual Interference with a Minor. Sexual assault charges vary, and as a result, the punishments vary along with those charges – probation for less Learn More