Viewing entries posted in February 2016

7 DUI Facts Your Calgary Defence Lawyer Wants You to Know: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 25 February 2016

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

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Possible New Drug in Calgary Both Dangerous and Illegal

Posted by Susan Karpa on 23 February 2016

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Coming right on the tail of last year's rising problem with fentanyl, Calgary is facing a new drug that police say is even more dangerous, and is just as illegal to possess.

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Are Calgary DUI Laws Fair? A Defence Lawyer Weighs In

Posted by Susan Karpa on 21 February 2016

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As you know quite well if you've read my previous articles on the subject, the tough new impaired driving or "DUI" laws Alberta put into effect back in 2012 have been challenged by many, here in Calgary and throughout the province.

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Careful, Calgary: Drones Can Lead to Criminal Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 18 February 2016

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In case you haven't heard, drones—remote-controlled (and sometimes self-controlled) flying robots—are the next big thing. Officially called Unmanned Air vehicles or UAVs, drones are already used in many military applications and are now finding their way into other industries and into the hands of consumers.

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Facing an Assault Charge in Calgary: A Defence Lawyer's Tips

Posted by Susan Karpa on 16 February 2016

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It's all too easy to find yourself facing a common assault charge in Calgary. As you might know if you've read any of my other blog posts on the topic, you can be charged with assault for purposefully touching anybody in an unwanted way, whether or not it causes injury, and even for simply threatening violence with words or gestures.

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7 DUI Facts Your Calgary Defence Lawyer Wants You to Know: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 15 February 2016

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Impaired driving or DUI (Driving Under the Influence—also sometimes called DWI or Driving While Intoxicated) remains an all too common offence here in the Greater Calgary Area and throughout Alberta, accounting for more than 2,000 arrests and charges in the City of Calgary alone during 2015. Everyone knows that driving after having too much to drink is both dangerous and illegal, yet many in Calgary do so anyway, and they face serious legal consequences as a result.

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Love Needs No Defence: Happy Valentine's Day, Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 February 2016

Whether it's romantic love, parental love, the love shared between two friends, or even the love of the city we all share, the love we celebrate on Valentine's Day is a great reminder of what family and community can mean.

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A Defence Lawyer Speaks Out: Fear Isn't the Answer to Calgary's Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 February 2016

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Canada has been seen as a nation providing a chance for a better life to people from all over the world for most of its history, and Calgary has embodied that spirit of diversity, intrepid adventure, and opportunity as successfully as any Canadian city—arguably better than some. That doesn't mean we've been without our share of problems, and Calgary's gang wars from the first decade of this century remain a sharp reminder of this fact.

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Hate Crime Charges Added to Mischief in Calgary Graffiti Case

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 February 2016

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Two people accused of spray painting allegedly racist messages in a Calgary LRT station are now facing hate crime charges in addition to the original charges of mischief to property.

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Understanding Calgary DUIs from the Law Enforcement Perspective

Posted by Susan Karpa on 4 February 2016

While impaired driving or DUI charges might not seem to be especially important in terms of the larger workings of the Calgary criminal justice system, Alberta's impaired driving laws have actually made them a matter of hot debate.

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Drug Offences, Calgary Cars, and DUI Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 February 2016

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Alleged drug offences remain among the most common reasons for criminal charges brought before the Calgary courts, even while attitudes towards drug use (especially marijuana) are undergoing a major shift. Around half of the drug-related charges laid against Calgary citizens every year are for simple possession, and impaired driving charges also make up a sizable proportion of alleged drug-related offences.

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