Viewing entries posted in August 2014

The Progress of a Calgary Criminal Defence Case: Part One

Posted by Susan Karpa on 31 August 2014

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This is the first in a series of articles detailing some of the steps that occur in a Calgary criminal defence case, from a police investigation through the end of a criminal trial in the Calgary courts. Keep checking back for more information, or contact an experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer if you have any questions that aren't answered here.

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Accused of a Crime in Calgary? 3 Tips From a Criminal Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 31 August 2014

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Few things in the typical Canadian's life cause more worry and uncertainty than facing a criminal accusation. The aftermath of an accusation can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life: on your employment and income, on your family and loved ones, and on your very freedom and ability to control your own future.

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Calgary Named Top Ten City

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 August 2014

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After recent mixed news regarding crime rates in Calgary , the city's fifth-place ranking in The Economist's annual Global Liveability Ranking and Report is an achievement that provides no shortage of reasons to smile.

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Know the Prosecution and Understand Your Criminal Defence

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 August 2014

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Facing a criminal charge, a criminal accusation, or even simply being detained by law enforcement can be a frightening ordeal. It can often feel like the world's against you: no one's listening, and no one's standing in your corner.

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A Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer's Job Defined

Posted by on 20 August 2014

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Persons in Canada charged with or merely accused of a criminal offence, even people who have simply been detained by law enforcement, have the right to consult with a criminal defence lawyer before answering any questions, making any statements, or otherwise responding to law enforcement. This right is so essential to the concept of justice and fair treatment that it is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as discussed in [this three part article] (http://susankarpa.com/blog/criminal-law-makes-you-your-first-line-of-defence-part-1/).

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In Calgary Criminal Defence Law, Timing is Everything

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 August 2014

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One of your rights under Canadian criminal law is the right "to be tried within a reasonable period of time." When you've been arrested or charged with a criminal offence, the Crown has a responsibility to prosecute your case as soon as it is reasonably able to do so.

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Criminal Defence in the Heart of Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 18 August 2014

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Practicing criminal defence law in Calgary can lead to many difficult decisions. One of the easier "conflicts" I deal with on a daily basis is trying to determine which makes me happier: the area of legal practice I've chosen, or the city I get to practice it in.

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Calgary Crime Stats Out of Step with Canada

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 August 2014

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Statistics Canada has issued its [latest report on Canadian criminal offences](http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/140723/dq140723b-eng.htm?HPA), and the news is generally good—crime is down almost everywhere and by almost every measure.

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Criminal Law Makes YOU Your First Line of Defence: Part 3

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 August 2014

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This is Part Three of a three-part article on your criminal defence rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

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Criminal Law Makes YOU Your First Line of Defence: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 August 2014

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This is Part Two of a three-part article on your criminal defence rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Criminal Law Makes YOU Your First Line of Defence: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 August 2014

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Calgary citizens, listen up: while a good criminal defence lawyer is an absolute necessity if you've been arrested or accused of a crime, you are the first line of defence in Canada's criminal justice system. Though it might sound strange coming from a lawyer, it's the truth: there are some things that only you can control, and they can make or break your criminal defence case.

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