Viewing entries posted in May 2016

A Calgary Defence Lawyer's Top Tips Regarding Assault Cases

Posted by Susan Karpa on 31 May 2016

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Simple or common assault is a frequently-laid charge in the Greater Calgary Area, but that doesn't mean it isn't a serious legal charge with serious potential consequences. Make no mistake: if you find yourself charged with simple assault, you could be facing significant fines, probation, and even jail time. For assault charges that are tried as indictable offences, you could even find yourself in jail for years!

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3 Components of a Calgary DUI Defence: Part 3 - Your Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 May 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned about the issue of first and primary importance when it comes to your Calgary DUI: Alberta's impaired driving laws. They define the administrative and criminal charges for DUIs as well as the penalties that go with them, some of which—like vehicle seizures and driver's license suspensions—can occur automatically, before you've truly had a chance to mount a defence.

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Drinking Before You Drive in Calgary is Never a Good Idea: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 25 May 2016

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OK, drinking before you drive anywhere is never a good idea. The Calgary Police are particularly zealous about tracking down and arresting people for DUI, but the legal trouble you could get in shouldn't be your only—or even your primary—reason for staying out of the driver's seat after you've had a drink. Your safety and the safety of those around you should be what matters most.

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3 Components of a Calgary DUI Defence: Part 2 - Calgary Police

Posted by Susan Karpa on 24 May 2016

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In the first part of this article, you learned about the issue of utmost important in your initial DUI defence: Alberta's impaired driving laws themselves. These are the laws that define the administrative and criminal penalties for impaired driving here in Calgary, and that define the penalties you could face if you are convicted of impaired driving at either level.

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Understanding Calgary Gangs: Greater Acceptance Means Less Need for Defence

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 May 2016

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Most adult Calgarians will remember a time about a decade ago when Calgary was gripped by fear. Two rival gangs had emerged, and their turf wars had increased the level of gun violence in our city several times over. Then, a combination of law enforcement action and substantially increased social outreach meant to rehabilitate gang members and prevent at-risk youths from joining gangs seemed to be taking hold. The violence diminished, and the gangs eventually disappeared.

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3 Components of a Calgary DUI Defence: Part 1 - The Law

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 May 2016

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Though the number of impaired driving or "DUI" charges in Calgary has been declining for years, our city still sees more than a thousand DUI arrests every year. That is just within the City of Calgary itself, to say nothing of the Greater Calgary Area and the rest of Alberta. That means there's a lot of people in Calgary and throughout the province who need to mount an effective DUI defence.

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Calgary Motorcycle Event to Benefit Fort McMurray Displacement

Posted by Susan Karpa on 16 May 2016

The Calgary Motorcycle Awareness Ride has always had more than one purpose. It's main goal, as the name suggests, is to raise awareness of motorcycles on the road and promote greater safety and friendliness between vehicles of all types on Calgary's roads and Alberta's highways. The event is also used to raise funds for local charities, establishing stronger bonds between the motorcycle community and the Calgary community at large.

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Avoiding Assault Charges in Calgary: Tips From a Top Defence Lawyer

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 May 2016

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Charges for simple assault are all too easy to come by here in Calgary. Simply making an intimidating gesture or verbal threat of violence that you might reasonably carry out could be grounds for a criminal charge, as can having any sort of visible weapon and impeding someone's progress.

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No One is Above Alberta's DUI Laws

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 May 2016

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As you may know, I've written plenty about the tough impaired driving laws that went into effect in Alberta in 2012. These laws not only impose harsher punishments for impaired driving—commonly known as "DUI" or driving under the influence—here in Calgary and throughout Alberta, but they also define a criminal threshold for drunk driving where only administrative charges existed before.

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Marijuana Legalization, Drug Offences, and Calgary DUIs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 May 2016

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Prime Minister Trudeau's announcement that he will see the recreational use of marijuana throughout Canada as early as 2017 was met with a great deal of of uproar by proponents and opponents alike.

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