Viewing entries posted in November 2015

Calgary Still Safe, Despite Reported Rise in Gang-Related Crimes

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 November 2015

A recent survey conducted by the Calgary Police Service confirms what most in Calgary were already thinking: our city is a safe place to live, free from most threats of crime and home to a population that is pretty happy with the way things are going.

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Canada's Supreme Court Upholds Drunk Driving Law

Posted by Susan Karpa on 26 November 2015

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Recently, Canada's Supreme Court upheld a BC law allowing police and other law enforcement officers to immediately suspend a driver's license if the driver was suspected of drunk driving and recorded a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or greater on a mobile breathalyzer.

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How Pharmaceutical Drugs Can Lead to Criminal Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 24 November 2015

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When most people in Calgary think of "drugs," they think of substances that are flat-out illegal to use and possess, the the possible exemption of certain researchers and research facilities. Cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and other opiates, and of course marijuana—now approved for medical use with questionable legality, and causing controversy right here in Calgary—these are the drugs people think of in regard to the criminal justice system.

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Consent and Sexual Assault Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 23 November 2015

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Sexual assault charges are taken quite seriously by the Calgary Police, Crown prosecutors, and the Calgary courts. The law is very clear on what constitutes sexual assault, and the punishments imposed are significant and potentially life-altering for anyone convicted of this crime. It is in every Calgary citizens best interests to know and understand these laws in order to effectively exercise their rights and to protect themselves against potential legal problems arising from their actions.

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Is Drunk Driving Among Police a Potential Problem?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 November 2015

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Ontario has experienced an increasing number of reports of police officers being suspected and/or charged with DUIs, officially known as impaired driving. If these allegations are true and drunk driving is on the rise in some of our nation's police departments, it could be the sign of a serious problem.

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Calgary's DUI Laws: The Purpose, the Problems, and Your Potential Defence: Part 4

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 November 2015

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This is the last installment of a four-part article series. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.

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Sentencing Guidelines for Sexual Assault Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 November 2015

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A sexual assault charge can be a life changing event, no matter what the circumstances of the case or the outcome of any trial or other proceeding in the Calgary courts. Simply being accused of sexual assault can cause deep rifts to form in interpersonal relationships, and can be emotionally, psychologically, and socially devastating.

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Is Gang Violence on the Rise in Calgary?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 13 November 2015

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It has been nearly a decade since the Calgary streets have been gripped by the so-called "gang wars" of the late 1990s and the first decade of the current century. Since then, Calgary Police have been focusing on long-term investigations that have put many of the top members of these gangs behind bars.

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Calgary's DUI Laws: The Purpose, the Problems, and Your Potential Defence: Part 3

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 November 2015

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This is Part 3 of a four-part article series. Please click here for Part 1 or Part 2.

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Belief of Consent as a Defence Against Sexual Assault Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 November 2015

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Every criminal case that comes across my desk as a Calgary criminal defence lawyer—and indeed, every criminal case brought forth in Canada's courts—has certain complexities and considerations that make it unique. Listening to the full facts of every case and investigating every relevant nook and cranny of the law is often what makes the difference between and effective defence that helps those accused of crimes move past their charges quickly, and a lack-luster defence that leave clients languishing with unfair sentences.

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The Complexities of Calgary Sexual Assault Charges and Charter Rights: Part 3

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 November 2015

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This is Part 3 of a three-part article series. Please click here for Part 1 or Part 2.

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Calgary's DUI Laws: The Purpose, the Problems, and Your Potential Defence: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 November 2015

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

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A New Legal Risk for Tech-Forward Calgary Drivers

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 November 2015

Uber, the driving app that's been taking the world by storm one shared ride at a time, has made it to Calgary. Many drivers in Calgary, especially younger and tech-forward drivers, are excited by the money-making potential the app gives them, but things might not be as simple—or as lucrative—as they seem.

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