Viewing entries posted in July 2015

Information from a Calgary Defence Lawyer for Those Accused of Assault

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 July 2015

If you've been accused of assault in Calgary, chances are you feel overwhelmed by the chain of events that led to where you are now, and by the uncertainty of what lies ahead. The prospect of a criminal trial, substantial fines, and even time in jail or prison can make it impossible to focus on your defence, and if you're like most people in Calgary you don't know a legal professional you can turn to for reliable, trustworthy legal advice.

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Calgary Police Consider "Craigslist Safe Zones" to Prevent Crimes

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 July 2015

Calgary may soon be taking steps to prevent in-person crimes that begin on the Internet.

Many cities in Canada and the United States have begun establishing "safe zones" in or near police station parking lots for people buying and selling things through online classified services like Craigslist and Kijiji. The question has now been raised in the Calgary Police department, and users of online classifieds might soon see some action.

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Contacting a Calgary Defence Lawyer for Your Assault Charge

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 July 2015

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Somehow a fight broke out; maybe you were involved, maybe you weren't but somehow you've found yourself in the back of a Calgary Police vehicle and heading off to be processed and charged with assault. You know you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer to help you out, and you know you need one sooner rather than later, but you don't know how to make that first call—or who exactly you should be calling.

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What Constitutes a Criminal Assault in Calgary?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 July 2015

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"Assault" is a term most people in Calgary probably think they are familiar with, but if pressed to provide the legal definition they would probably be at a loss. In conversational speech, "assault" usually refers to some actual violence that took place—a physical attack, a verbal altercation that one person pushed to blows, or possibly a case of domestic abuse or even a sexual assault.

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Your Defence Against Calgary's Burdensome DUI Laws

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 July 2015

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Automatic penalties that run counter the notion of "innocent until proven guilty." Restrictions that can continue indefinitely, even if you are ultimately found not guilty for your impaired driving charge. Questionable intrusions by the Calgary Police even when drivers operate their vehicles in complete accordance with the law.

The impaired driving or DUI laws at work in Calgary are more onerous than you may be aware, and they tend to favor law enforcement over the average citizen of the Calgary area. Whether or not these laws are fair, equitable, or reasonable, they are the laws that everyone must abide by. In an environment that holds Calgary drivers under such suspicions, understanding your rights—and what you can and cannot do to defend yourself against a DUI charge in Calgary—is an essential part of protecting yourself and your future.

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Increased Officer Presence Credited for Reduced Calgary Transit Crime

Posted by Susan Karpa on 16 July 2015

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Compared to the same point in 2014, reports of crime on Calgary Transit busses, trains, and light rail are down 32 percent. Crime rates throughout the transit system are now at their lowest point in five years.

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A Defence Lawyer Who Understands Calgary's Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 July 2015

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Many people in Calgary look down on those accused of gang-related crimes, assuming they are somehow bad at heart. From the outside, it can seem like gang membership is a choice that certain people make—people who for some reason enjoy a life of violence, crime, and isolation from the rest of society. Looks can be deceiving, though, and in reality most gang members see very little choice and opportunity, and already feel like society has made them outsiders.

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University of Calgary Suggests Non-Criminal Approach to Public Intoxication

Posted by Susan Karpa on 10 July 2015

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A report issued by the University of Calgary suggests that treating public intoxication as a health issue rather than a crime is far more effective both for the intoxicated party(ies) and for the Calgary community as a whole.

This is in keeping with other recommendations made by medical professionals, social workers, and researchers in Calgary and the world over, which suggest that drug and alcohol dependencies are not dealt with effectively by the criminal justice system. Treatment in rehabilitative programs is both more cost-effective and more conducive to positive results than arrests, fines, and jail sentences for offences related to drug and alcohol use.

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Choosing a Calgary DUI Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 July 2015

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Every year in Calgary, well over 1,000 people are arrested for suspicion of impaired driving or "DUI"—driving under the influence. Many of those arrested for DUIs in the Calgary area never even bother to contact a defence lawyer, instead attempting to resolve the issue on their own. Perhaps it isn't surprising, then, that the majority of people arrested for a suspected DUI also had their licenses suspended and faced other penalties.

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Knowing Calgary's Drug Laws is Your Best Defence

Posted by Susan Karpa on 6 July 2015

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Most people in Calgary probably think they have a pretty good idea of what the drug laws in and around the city say. Many probably think they are safe if they simply do not use "illegal drugs" like marijuana or cocaine. While it is true that avoiding the use of illicit substances will make it far less likely that you will be charged with a drug-related offence, it isn't a guarantee. In fact, it's possible for you to face a drug charge in the Calgary courts for possessing a substance you thought was legal.

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Common Elements to Calgary Assault Cases: The Arrest

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 July 2015

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Facing an assault charge can be an alarming experience. A simple disagreement, argument, or altercation resulting in you being accused of a criminal offence—many of those charged with assault offences in Calgary are so surprised by the suddenness of events and the whirlwind of the criminal justice system that they don't know what to do or where to turn for help in forming a defence against their assault charge.

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How Calgary Gang and Assault Cases Could Be Related

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 July 2015

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Violence and gang activity go hand in hand in the minds of many Calgary citizens, who remember the spate of gang-related shootings that affected the city years ago. In more recent times, though, a variety of social programs has helped steer many Calgary youths away from gangs and the violence is all but non-existent.

Despite the changes Calgary has seen, Alberta's laws regarding gang affiliation and violence—especially assault are charges—are very broad, giving Calgary Police and other law enforcement broad licenses to arrest or detain those suspected of either crime. Being charged with a gang-related assault means facing a conviction on two separate crimes, with the penalties pertaining to both, and that's a scenario that is more than plausible given the current state of Calgary's criminal justice system.

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