Viewing entries posted in April 2016

Fighting Your Calgary Assault Charge with an Effective Defence

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 April 2016

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The first step in an effective defence is understanding the legal situation you find yourself in when you're charged with a crime.

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Calgary's Drug Laws and Why YOU'RE At Risk for Possession Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 26 April 2016

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The drug laws throughout Canada and in Calgary specifically are in the process of changing, though not fast as enough according to some—the medical community and much of the legal community (including more than a few Calgary defence lawyers) have been trying for decades to get the government to start addressing drug use as a public health issues rather than a criminal justice issue.

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Drunk Driving in Calgary: A Defence Lawyer's Primer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 25 April 2016

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Alberta's—and Calgary's—current DUI laws have been on the books for close to four years now, but many people still aren't aware of exactly what they mean or when they might be at risk for a DUI charge (frankly, you're always at some risk of being charged with a DUI if you're driving a car on Calgary's roads, even if you aren't intoxicated, but we'll talk about law enforcement errors in other post…).

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Worried About a Family Member and Calgary Gangs? Get Help!

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 April 2016

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The word "gang" inspires fear for many in Calgary, but none know just how damaging the idea of gangs can be more than the family and friends of alleged gang members. When you see a family member—a son or daughter, brother or sister, nephew or niece—being accused of gang-related behavior or affiliation with a gang, you have every cause to worry.

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Understanding Calgary Law: Aggravated v. Simple Assault (Part 2)

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 April 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned about simple or common assault—one of the leading causes for arrests by the Calgary Police and charges brought before the Calgary courts. As you saw in the law itself and a brief analysis, simple assault charges can arise out of any intentional force against another person without their consent, or by making any threats or gestures of violence that look like that they might actually be carried out. Even impeding someone while wearing or carrying a weapon can qualify as simple assault!

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Drunk Driving is Down in Calgary: What That Means for Your DUI Defence (Part 3)

Posted by Susan Karpa on 18 April 2016

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As you read in Part 1 of this article, the number of drunk drivers in Calgary appears to be trending downward—a trend that started taking place after new impaired driving legislation was enacted throughout Alberta in 2012. The rest of Alberta hasn't seen a similar trend, making it fairly clear that the law isn't the real reason for the drop in Calgary DUIs, but what is behind this trend remains a mystery.

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One Thing to NEVER Do When Pulled Over for Drunk Driving in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 April 2016

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If you've been paying attention, you know that it's illegal to drive on Calgary's roads—or on any public road in Alberta—with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 or greater, and that a BAC of .08 or greater can see you facing a criminal charge for impaired driving or "DUI" (driving under the influence).

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Understanding Calgary Law: Aggravated v. Simple Assault (Part 1)

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 April 2016

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Assault is one of the most common charges dealt with by the Calgary Police, and assault charges are one of the most common causes for cases before the Calgary courts. This is due in large part to the broad manner in which the crime of assault is defined—common or simple assault can apply to a situation where someone was simply physically intimidated or threatened via word or gesture without ever being physically touched.

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Drunk Driving is Down in Calgary: What That Means for Your DUI Defence (Part 2)

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 April 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, you read about the reason Alberta changed its approach to impaired driving (also commonly called "drunk driving" or "DUI") with harsh new legislation that includes a criminal charge and automatic penalties for both administrative and criminal charges—penalties that can occur before you even have a chance to mount a DUI defence. The idea behind the laws was to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road; looking at the province as a whole, the laws don't seem to have had much if any impact in that regard.

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Pain Pills and Calgary Drug Laws: Are You At Risk?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 7 April 2016

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Despite many headlines and an ever growing problem—according to some—of opiate and opioid addiction, you may not be aware that Calgary is suffering from a health problem that unfortunately (and unnecessarily) overlaps with a law enforcement issue.

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A Calgary Defence Lawyer's Quick Guide to Gang Laws

Posted by Susan Karpa on 6 April 2016

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If you read a newspaper—or, more likely, spot the headlines online—or pay any attention to the Calgary news whatsoever, you've probably seen a lot of stories in the past few months about an increase in "gang" activity. For many Calgary citizens who remember the gang violence we witnessed a little less than a decade ago, these stories understandably inspire a lot of concern, and even some fear.

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Drunk Driving is Down in Calgary: What That Means for Your DUI Defence (Part 1)

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 April 2016

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As you've heard me mention a few times on this blog Alberta changed its impaired driving or DUI laws back in 2012, establishing a criminal charge for certain drunk driving offences and instituting a range of new penalties to go with them. The reasoning behind the legislation, according to some, is that the harsher penalties would cause more drivers in the Calgary area and throughout Alberta to think twice before getting behind the wheel while drunk or otherwise intoxicated.

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