Viewing entries posted in October 2014

A Calgary DUI/DWI Danger You Need to Be Aware Of

Posted by Susan Karpa on 31 October 2014

You already know that being aware of Alberta's new DUI/DWI laws is important for anyone taking to Calgary's roads, but there's another potential danger you might not have heard about yet that can lead to an automatic criminal offence. Even if you're driving sober—which should, of course, be the case every time you get behind the wheel—it's possible to get a DUI/DWI-related offence. Knowing the law is always your best protection, so keep reading to make sure you don't inadvertently commit a criminal offence while driving.

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The Progress of a Calgary Criminal Defence Case: Part 9

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 October 2014

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This is the ninth article in a series detailing what you might expect in many Calgary area criminal defence cases. Previous installments can be found here: 
[Part One], [Part Two], [Part Three], [Part Four], [Part Five], [Part Six], [Part Seven], [Part Eight].

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A Brief Word from Calgary to Ottawa

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 October 2014

Everyone in Calgary, every Canadian, and every media-connected citizen of the world knows what happened in Ottawa on October 22. The violence, the death of a man who proudly served his country, the heroism that brought the incident to an end—all of these things are known. Other questions remain, and answers will probably never emerge with any certainty.

I have no special knowledge of the events, no insights to offer, and no explanation for the worst impulses of humanity that lead to these incidents. Like most Canadians, I can only watch from distance and wonder about the "why" of it all, while knowing that ultimately the reasons for such random acts of violence matter less than the way we as a nation respond to them.

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The Perfect Mix for a Calgary DWI/DUI Defence?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 24 October 2014

The Perfect Mix for a Calgary DWI/DUI Defence?

As detailed in last week's article, Alberta established new administrative penalties for drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .05, and new criminal and administrative penalties for drivers with a BAC over .08. These new DWI/DUI rules are meant to keep everyone on Alberta's roads—including in the City of Calgary and the surrounding area—safer and healthier, and so far they seem to be working as intended. Fewer people are driving while intoxicated, and fewer alcohol-related accidents are occurring.

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Vandalism, No Theft, in Calgary Petty Crime Spree

Posted by Susan Karpa on 21 October 2014

The odd broken window or side mirror is nothing out of the ordinary for Calgary police, but 30 vandalized vehicles in one night is something else entirely.

"We haven’t had anything similar to that recently," said Const. Karen MacLeod. "Often something will happen like, car windows or side-view mirrors, but I’ve never seen over 30 vehicles targeted in one night."

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The Progress of a Calgary Criminal Defence Case: Part 8

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 October 2014

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This is the eighth article in a series detailing what you might expect in many Calgary area criminal defence cases. Previous installments can be found here: 
[Part One], [Part Two], [Part Three], [Part Four], [Part Five], [Part Six], [Part Seven].

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Calgary DWI DUI Defence Starts with Alberta's DWI Laws

Posted by Susan Karpa on 16 October 2014

Canada as a whole and Alberta specifically have been stepping up their response to driving while intoxicated or DWI (also called driving under the influence or DUI). This means all drivers in Calgary and the surrounding area should make themselves familiar with the current blood alcohol content (BAC) limits, and with the legal ramifications and even criminal penalties that can arise from choosing to drive while impaired.

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Can't Beat Calgary Defence Clients

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 October 2014

There's a reason I do what I do (that is, criminal defence law), and a reason I do it where I do it (Calgary and the surrounding area, for those who haven't been paying attention). Those reasons are one and the same: my clients.

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The Progress of a Calgary Criminal Defence Case: Part 7

Posted by Susan Karpa on 10 October 2014

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This is the seventh article in a series detailing what you might expect in many Calgary area criminal defence cases. Previous installments can be found here: [Part One] [Part Two] [Part Three] [Part Four] [Part Five] [Part Six

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Defence Against Drug-Related Offences and Accusations in the Calgary Area

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 October 2014

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Arrests in the Calgary area for alleged drug offences have been in a continuing decline, according to the most recent statistics available from the Calgary Police Service, but they still make up nearly three percent of the arrests made in the City of Calgary. This includes arrests for simple drug possession as well as for trafficking and other more serious offences.

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Are Calgary Cops Too Effective on Crime?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 October 2014

According to a report from the frequently-conservative Fraser Institute, Calgary's police have been very effective when it comes to preventing crime. That's good news for Calgary citizens, who can be thankful for a plummeting overall crime rate, but is it bad news for the cops themselves?

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The Progress of a Calgary Criminal Defence Case: Part Six

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 October 2014

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This is the sixth article in a series detailing what you might expect in many Calgary area criminal defence cases. Previous installments can be found here:

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Calgary's Home, Alberta's the Playground

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 October 2014

There are plenty of reasons to love living in Calgary, and it isn't just the city itself that makes it such a great place to call home. The greater Calgary area and indeed the rest of Alberta is easily accessible, and provides a lot of fantastic spots for both quick getaways and longer excursions.

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Choosing a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 1 October 2014

Though hiring a criminal defence lawyer is by no means a requirement of Canada's criminal justice system, many people who have been accused of crimes will find it beneficial to speak with a trained, knowledgeable, and experienced professional at certain points in their case, and quite possibly to have that lawyer represent them in a criminal defence trial. Deciding you want a lawyer and choosing the right one for you from the many Calgary area criminal defence lawyers available are two different things, though.

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