Viewing entries posted in January 2016

Calgary DUIs are Down, But Drivers Should Still Beware: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 January 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the fall in DUI rates in the City of Calgary that occurred in 2015.  According to the Calgary Police, there were 2,080 impaired driving or DUI charges laid against Calgary drivers in the past year, down from more than 2,500 in the previous year. Though impaired driving rates in Calgary and throughout Alberta have been declining steadily for years, this drop of nearly 18% is the most significant drop the province and the city have been witness to.

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A Calgary Lawyer Warns: Prescriptions Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 27 January 2016

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Pharmaceutical drugs are one of the most important innovations of modern mankind, having saved countless lives and improved the quality of life for many more.

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Simple Assault and Your Calgary Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 25 January 2016

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Criminal defence law in Calgary and throughout the world uses many terms that might be confusing or misleading to the average individual. From Latin phrases that many don't understand at all to common terms that have special meanings in legal settings, the language of a defence case might leave you in the dark or cause you to assume things that aren't actually true.

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Calgary DUIs are Down, But Drivers Should Still Beware: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 January 2016

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Charges for impaired driving—more commonly known as "driving under the influence" of DUI—remain among the most common charges brought against individuals in the Greater Calgary Area, and a common cause for arrest and detention by the Calgary Police.

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Suspected DUI in Calgary? A Lawyer's Tips on What to Do

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 January 2016

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The best legal advice you'll ever get concerning a DUI in Calgary is this: don't drive when you're impaired.

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Criminal Defence Law and Calgary Drug Offences

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 January 2016

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Drug use has long been a complex legal, social, medical/public health problem, not just in Calgary but throughout the world. Every culture has dealt with intoxicating substances, including alcohol and other primarily plant-based psychoactives, in one way or another; some consider certain intoxicants holy and revered them for their potent perspective-changing abilities, while other shunned any mind-altering as a deviation from the natural laws that govern humanity.

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A Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer Talks Drugs and Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 January 2016

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Drug offences remain some of the most common in the City of Calgary and throughout the Greater Calgary Area. Though these criminal drug charges include more serious offences such as drug manufacturing and drug trafficking, the majority of drug charges brought before the Calgary courts are for drug possession. People who use drugs recreationally or due to a chemical dependency/substance addiction are putting themselves at risk of a legal entanglement and a potential criminal record.

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A Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer's Plea: Drug Laws are Meant to Keep You Safe

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 January 2016

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Laws banning or controlling access to certain substances have always been controversial.

At one extreme are those who believe that personal liberty should be inviolate—that we should have complete freedom to do what we want with our own bodies, including the ingestion of drugs.

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A Calgary DUI Lawyer's Tips for 2016

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 January 2016

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We're just a few weeks into the new year, but the Calgary Police aren't wasting any time making arrests for DUIs or impaired driving. These arrests can come with serious repercussions even before a trial let alone a conviction—license suspensions and vehicle seizures are automatic penalties for many Calgary DUI arrests, and law enforcement throughout Alberta is becoming more aggressive in their detections and pursuit of impaired drivers.

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Talking to Your Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer About Sexual Assault

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 January 2016

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No matter what specific circumstances lead to your being charged with a sexual assault in Calgary, the experience of defending yourself against the charge will likely be one of the most difficult things you will endure in your lifetime. The stigma associated with a sexual assault can be severe, and often comes into play from the moment an accusation is made—before you've any chance to tell your side of the story, let alone had the trial you're entitled to.

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Drunk Driving, Tweets, and Calgary's Christmas Checkstops: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 7 January 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, I discussed the reasons why Calgary area drivers might be opposed to Alberta's new impaired driving laws and the ways that the Calgary Police Service is working to enforce them. Some in Calgary believe that checkstops are unfair or even unconstitutional and are doing their best to sabotage Calgary Police's efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

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Drunk Driving, Tweets, and Calgary's Christmas Checkstops: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 6 January 2016

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Every holiday sees a spike in impaired driving or DUI incidents in the Calgary area, and the Christmas season is no exception. Every year, dozens of happy Christmas celebrants decide to get behind the wheel despite having had a touch too much Christmas cheer, and find themselves welcoming Santa in a cell rather than at home with their families.

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