Viewing entries posted in December 2015

True Calgary Gangs Still on the Decline

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 December 2015

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Calgary is still one the safest cities in Canada, however the recent spate of what Calgary Police have dubbed "gang-related" shootings has caused some to question this fact.

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Drunk Driving in Calgary Still a Major Issue Heading Into 2016

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 December 2015

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A lot has happened in Calgary and throughout Canada this year, and many of the issues we've been facing and stories we've been paying attention to will continue to play a big part in our lives in the coming year. From the recent national elections to Alberta's economic difficulties to various global crises that are making international headlines, there are a lot of big stories that can have both direct and indirect impacts on our lives here in Calgary.

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A Calgary DUI Can Earn You a CRIMINAL Charge, Not Just a Demerit Point

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 December 2015

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Beginning in January 2016, a new "demerits" system will be put in place for Calgary drivers. Under this system, minor driving infractions will result in earning a certain number of demerits—negative points—that build up against your driver's license. Earn too many demerits (fifteen in a span of two years, for most drivers with a Class 5 license), and your license will be suspended.

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Calgary Police Chief Shares Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Giving

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 December 2015

The YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre, if you ask this criminal defence lawyer, is one of the most effective programs in our city's law enforcement office. By providing at-risk youth (and all of Calgary's youth) with not only an alternative to poor choices like drug use and gang affiliation, but with a real education in the reasons these choices are damaging and the tactics they can use to resist peer pressure, YouthLink helps to reduce crime before it even happens.

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Uber, Drunk Driving, and Safety on Calgary Streets: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 21 December 2015

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In Part 1 of this article, you read that some people have raised legal objections to Alberta's impaired driving or "DUI" law, suggesting that the law—and specifically the automatic penalties it puts in place for people who have been arrested and/or charged with a DUI but who haven't yet had a trial—infringes on civil liberties such as the presumption of innocence. Public safety should not come at the expense of Charter-protected rights, the argument goes; it is an extension of the age-old conflict between a government that tries to keep everyone safe and a society that tries to keep everyone free.

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Legal Defence for Your Calgary Impaired Driving Charge

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 December 2015

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Impaired driving is a dangerous thing, for your safety and the safety of everyone else on Calgary's roads and sidewalks. Being intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs has neurological effects that dull your senses and slow your reaction times, making you less aware of potential hazards and dangers on the road and less likely to respond in time appropriately—delays in response and over-corrections can lead to collisions resulting in significant property damage, serious injuries, and even fatalities.

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A Calgary Defence Lawyer's Advice for Your Assault Case

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 December 2015

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Assault is a common charge in the Calgary courts, and a frequent cause for arrests made by the Calgary Police Service. This is due in part to the broad range of acts that fall under the legal definition of "assault" including verbal threats and gestures of intimidation that do not result in actual physical violence.

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Uber, Drunk Driving, and Safety on Calgary Streets: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 December 2015

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You don't need an experienced Calgary DUI defence lawyer to tell you that driving while drunk or otherwise intoxicated is a bad idea—at least, you shouldn't. The evidence that driving while intoxicated is more dangerous for you and for everyone else on the road is overwhelming and unambiguous, and you've heard about it from a number of government officials and public health advocacy groups for years.

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Finding a Dedicated DUI Defence Lawyer in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 December 2015

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Being charged with a DUI or impaired driving offence, much like being charged with any crime in Calgary, can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. There are immediate consequences you might have to contend with, such as the temporary suspension of your driver's license while your case is pending and the seizure of your vehicle for a week or more, in addition to the threat of fines and even jail time for some DUI charges.

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3 Important Tips From a Calgary DUI Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 December 2015

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DUIs—officially called impaired driving offences—are no laughing matter. Although there are over a thousand DUI convictions in Calgary every year, their commonality does not mean drunk driving cases are treated lightly by the Calgary Police Service or by the Crown prosecutors and judges in the Calgary courts. If you are charged with impaired driving/DUI, make no mistake: you're facing a potentially life-changing legal battle.

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Working with Your Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 10 December 2015

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For most people in Calgary, being charged with a crime is one of the most frightening and stressful experiences they will ever face. This is true regardless of the circumstances surrounding the charges laid against you, and whether or not you were arrested before being officially charged. The prospect of months or even years spent in jail, away from your family, your life, and your career, in addition to the stigma that a criminal conviction can carry, is enough to make anyone more than a little anxious.

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Drug Addiction and Calgary Crime

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 December 2015

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More and more, drug addiction and drug use in Calgary and elsewhere in the world is being dealt with as a public health issue rather than a criminal problem. Yet the possession of many intoxicating substances can still result in criminal charges.

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Calgary-Based App Could Face Legal Challenges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 December 2015

The new app Peeple, which was founded and is still based right here in Calgary, is a social media endeavor designed to rate or rank other people across a range of criteria.

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What Medical Marijuana Means for Calgary Drug Offences

Posted by Susan Karpa on 1 December 2015

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Canada's new federal regulations involving medical marijuana have gone into effect, and Calgary was among the first Canadian cities to start putting these new regulations into action. It is now possible to obtain a medical authorization for the possession and use of marijuana, and also to become an approved and licenced producer of marijuana for medical use. For those suffering from chronic illnesses that marijuana has proven to be effective in helping to treat, this is a major step forward in gaining easy access to important medication.

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