Viewing entries posted in August 2015

Understanding Sexual Assault Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 27 August 2015

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Assault charges are some of the most common charges brought before the Calgary courts, in large part because the law defining assault is both broad and somewhat vague, allowing a number of actions and gestures to result in assault charges—in many cases, even without any physical contact occurring at all.

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The Economics of Calgary's Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 26 August 2015

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Many in law enforcement and Calgary at large view gangs as simple bands of ne'er-do-wells who have selected a life of hardscrabble crime and isolation rather than joining the bigger community. Anyone who has studied the issue, including any experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer, knows that the factors affecting gangs are far more complex. Most gang members feel ostracized and isolated from society before they join gangs, and the gang itself fills the needs that would normally be filled by society, including a sense of self-worth, an occupation, and position of respect in the community.

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Will Drugs Chase Music Festival from Calgary?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 24 August 2015

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The Chasing Summer music festival, which bills itself as the largest electronic music festival in Western Canada, is causing controversy due to the drug use that occurs there. Some city officials are questioning whether or not this festival should be allowed to return to Calgary in future years.

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Las Vegas DUI Injures Four Calgarians

Posted by Susan Karpa on 21 August 2015

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Vacations don't come with a safety guarantee, as four Calgary citizens were all too suddenly reminded when a semi-truck collided with their taxi in Las Vegas this past Wednesday.

Though laws concerning DUIs can vary considerably from province to province, let alone from country to country and in the many states of our southern neighbor, there is nowhere in North America where it is legal to operate a motor vehicle if your BAC (blood alcohol content) is above a defined amount indicating intoxication.

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New Drug Creates Crime and Health Problem in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 August 2015

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Drug offences remain a common cause for arrests in Calgary; often these arrests are for simple possession of a controlled substance such as cocaine or marijuana, however more serious charges for drug trafficking or possession for the purpose of trafficking are also laid against Calgary citizens all too frequently. Though drug use is increasingly seen and dealt with as a public health issue, it is still criminalized, and the sale or distribution of controlled substances is still taken very seriously by law enforcement.

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When You're Charged with Assault of a Calgary Peace Officer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 August 2015

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Assault charges can be brought against Calgary citizens for any number of reasons, and in a wide range of scenarios. From a physical altercation at a sporting event to domestic violence to making threatening gestures in order to intimidate, the variety of incidents that can result in a charge for common assault is immense.

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No Charges for Accidental Shooting in Calgary Home

Posted by Susan Karpa on 13 August 2015

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On August 6th at 11pm, officers with the Calgary Police Service responded to a call from the Woodbine community reporting an accidentally discharged firearm.

According to reports, a 25-year-old man accidentally fired his legally-owned handgun, while inside his own Calgary home. The bullet penetrated his outer wall, went through the wall of his neighbor's home, and struck the neighbor—an unidentified 61-year-old man—in the abdomen.

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Calgary Home Raid Leads to Drug Trafficking Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 August 2015

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Following tips from neighbors and a two-week investigation, Calgary Police raided a home on Taralake Way in late July. Drugs, cash, and weapons were seized as a result of the raid, and charges were brought against two residents who were home at the time of the raid.

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Assault Charges and Your Calgary Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 August 2015

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Common assault is, well...common. It's a charge that is laid by Calgary Police against people in a variety of situations multiple times every day, on average, and even the most innocuous-seeming incidents can result in an assault charge. Any intentional and unwanted physical touching is potentially grounds for an assault charge, and even purposefully intimidating body language or the threat of physical violence can, in some cases, lead to an arrest for assault.

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How a Calgary Defence Lawyer Can Assist with Drug Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 10 August 2015

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Although Alberta's laws, lawmakers, and law enforcement agencies are beginning to treat some drug offences as public health issues rather than as criminal offences like any other, there are still many arrests made in the Calgary area each day on the basis of simple drug possession. If you have any controlled substance on your person or in your property—including your home or car—and you don't have the legal authorization to possess that substance (such as a prescription in the case of many opioids and narcotics), you are at risk of being arrested and charged with a drug offence.

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Gang and Drug Related Violence Spike in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 7 August 2015

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A spate of recent shootings in northeast Calgary can be linked to groups involved in feuds over the drug trade, according to Calgary Police.

Gang violence had largely died down following the introduction of certain widespread social programs engaged in by the Calgary Police, which both steered at-risk youths away from gangs and helped enable investigations that led to several high-profile arrests of gang leaders.

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Even a Simple Assault Charge Can Be Serious in Calgary Courts

Posted by Susan Karpa on 6 August 2015

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As you may already know, it's all too easy to find yourself charged with assault in Calgary. According to the law applicable in Alberta that defines criminal assault, any purposeful unwanted physical contact—or even the threat of physical violence without any contact, in certain circumstances—is grounds for an assault charge.

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Fighting for Your Rights After a Calgary DUI Charge

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 August 2015

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One of the central tenets of the criminal justice system in Calgary is the "presumption of innocence"—the idea that anyone accused of a crime should be treated as if they are innocent until they have either admitted guilt or been found guilty in a court of law. For the most part, officers of the court—including Crown prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers like the members of the Calgary Police Service—are good at upholding that right, not imposing punishments for crimes until after those accused of the crimes have had their day in court.

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When a Calgary Assault Charge is Tried as an Indictable Offence

Posted by Susan Karpa on 4 August 2015

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Assault remains one of the most common reasons for arrest by the Calgary Police, and one of the most common charges to lead to cases in the Calgary Courts. This is in part due to the way the law regarding assault in Alberta, and Canada-wide, is written, in which any unwanted physical contact can be grounds for assault. While accidents such as bumping into someone on a crowded bus won't result in charges, any contact that appears to be purposeful or that suggests a threat of violence—even brandishing a weapon or otherwise physically trying to intimidate someone without actually making physical contact—can result in an assault charge.

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