Viewing entries posted in October 2015

Alberta Drug Crimes Influenced By Oil Prices

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 October 2015

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The Edmonton Police Service has noted an increase in drug-related crimes as the price of oil has been dropping. This is a complex issue that affects not only our neighbours to the north in Edmonton, but those of us here in the Greater Calgary Area as well.

Over 60,000 new residents migrated to the Edmonton area in the past two years of the oil boom. According to an EPS report, this led to an increased demand for drugs in the area, and higher rates of drug crimes were witnessed.

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Calgary's DUI Laws: The Purpose, the Problems, and Your Potential Defence: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 October 2015

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I've written a great deal on this blog about the impaired driving laws that went into effect in Calgary and throughout Alberta back in 2012. These new DUI laws are far tougher than the laws previously targeting drunk driving or driving while intoxicated here in the province, both in how they define driving under the influence and in the punishments that can be imposed upon those found guilty of impaired driving.

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The Complexities of Calgary Sexual Assault Charges and Charter Rights: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 27 October 2015

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This is Part 2 of a three-part article series. For Part 1, please click here.

As we began to see in Part 1 of this article series, the crimes of common assault and sexual assault in Calgary arise in part from the same section of the criminal code, and there are certain similarities in how these crimes are defined, prosecuted, and defended. Any touching of a sexual nature that takes place without appropriate consent from the parties involved is potentially grounds for a sexual assault charge, and gestures or vocalizations implying or threatening sexual assault can also lead to criminal charges.

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New Calgary Police Chief Vows to Make City Safer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 October 2015

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The Calgary Police Service has a new Chief!

Roger Chaffin, a thirty year veteran of the CPS, has taken a vow (along with the rest of the Calgary Police) to make the city safer, and to continue an effort to focus on crime prevention and not focus solely on enforcement.

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The Complexities of Calgary Sexual Assault Charges and Charter Rights: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 October 2015

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I've written extensively on this blog about common assault charges in Calgary, sometimes also called "simple assault," and how easily one can find themselves accused of this potentially serious charge. Because it includes gestures of intimidation and even spoken threats of violence in some circumstances, criminal charges of assault are some of the most common charges laid against Calgary citizens every year.

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Calgary Flames Help Youth Understand Drug Charges and Other Criminal Offences

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 October 2015

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During the same press conference in which five Calgarians were given official placement on Team Alberta for the upcoming 2015 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, a new initiative was announced to prevent drug offences and other problems young hockey players face.

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Calgary Gangs Become Smaller, More Fleeting, According to Calgary Police

Posted by Susan Karpa on 13 October 2015

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Just a few years after Calgary Police and other law enforcement agencies successfully ended the gang violence between Calgary's two largest and most active gangs—the F.O.B. or "Fresh Off the Boat" gang and their rival, the F.K. or "Fresh Off the Boat Killers" gang—the Calgary Police Service is now saying that though gang violence and other gang related crimes are occurring less frequently, they are becoming harder to detect, investigate, and prosecute.

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Could Tougher DUI Laws Be On the Way for Calgary?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 October 2015

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I've written plenty on this blog about the tough impaired driving or "DUI" laws in Calgary. Adopted by Alberta's legislature and going into effect in 2012, anyone driving in the province is now subject to harsher penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, including several automatic penalties that can be imposed as soon as an arrest is made or charges are laid.

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Calgary Police Toy Drive Helps Young Victims of Crime

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 October 2015

A toy or two at the holidays might seem a small thing, but for some of Calgary's smallest citizens it means a whole lot.

Each year, the Calgary Police Service holds its Share a Bear toy drive, collecting new and "gently used" teddy bears and other stuffed toys to distribute to underprivileged children who have been victimized by crime. The intentions and the outcome of this program are such that few could find any reason not to support it, which is something to be said in our current politically-charged era.

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How the Wrong Words Can Find You Charged With Assault in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 7 October 2015

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"I'm so mad, I could just kill him."

"I feel like I could kick his butt for what he did."

"Somebody ought to take them outside and teach them a lesson."

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How to Fight a DUI/Impaired Driving Charge in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 October 2015

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Most drivers in the Greater Calgary Area know that driving while intoxicated—often known as impaired driving, driving under the influence, or simply "DUI"—presents serious safety risks to themselves, to their passengers, and anyone else on the Calgary roads. Most also know that it is a criminal offence to operate a vehicle anywhere in Alberta while intoxicated by alcohol (defined as having a blood alcohol content or BAC above .08, although administrative penalties come into play with a BAC over .05) or by any other controlled substance, e.g. marijuana, cocaine, and prescription opiates/opioids such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and so on.

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