Viewing entries posted in June 2016

Missing Maintenance Records and Impaired Driving in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 30 June 2016

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Recently, there have been cases in Alberta where those charged with drunk driving have seen their cases dismissed or charges lessened. This unusual circumstance has arisen because the companies responsible for maintenance on breath alcohol analysis machines or "breathalyzers" have failed to turn over the maintenance records for those machines.

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Identifying Risk Factors and Dispelling Common Myths about Calgary Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 June 2016

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There are several factors that may result in a higher risk of gang activity among youths. In some communities, gangs may seem like the answer to a lot of problems, especially for kids who may not think they have many other choices available to them. However, gangs are not just a problem in urban areas. In Calgary, gangs often spring up in the unlikeliest of places, snaring unwary kids and blindsiding parents with a host of new worries and possible criminal charges.

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How Calgary Residents Can Avoid Impaired Driving Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 28 June 2016

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Calgary’s impaired driving laws carry some stiff penalties for those found driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance. However, Calgary drivers can take effective steps to avoid incurring DUI charges in the first place. While Alberta's new impaired driving laws make it possible to face criminal charges and automatic penalties even if you aren't actually intoxicated,the information in this article will help keep you and those around you safer, while also giving you the best chance at avoiding an impaired driving charge.

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Drug Court Could Provide an Alternative to Some in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 24 June 2016

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Even as our society, our government, and our medical community work towards a more liberal view of recreational drugs and a better understanding of addiction as a health problem, Calgary continues to see a large number of arrests and charges every year for drug-related crimes, including simple drug possession. Many of those arrested may suffer from drug dependency issues, and both they and their community would be far better served by medical and social support than by jail time.

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Calgary’s Next Big Drug Problems are Here

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 June 2016

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W-18 and 3-MF are two of the drugs that resulted in the March overdose of a 35-year-old man from Calgary. These drugs are dangerous on their own, and when used in combination with heroin, as they were in this case, create a potent mixture that can result in serious health problems, addiction, and even death after just a single dose.

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Alberta’s Drivers May Face Harsh DUI Penalties

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 June 2016

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Beginning in 2012, many changes were made to the impaired driving laws in Alberta. These changes can affect every Calgary driver, regardless of whether or not they’re intoxicated. Some of these penalties take effect immediately upon an arrest or charge for DUI, possibly leaving drivers without their vehicles and driving privileges before they’ve even had a chance to defend themselves against the charges.

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What You Should Know About Calgary DUI Laws and License Suspension

Posted by Susan Karpa on 17 June 2016

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Calgary’s DUI laws carry a variety of penalties, one of which is the suspension of your driver’s license. An immediate roadside license suspension may be imposed following a breath alcohol analysis test. It’s important to note that just because an immediate suspension has occurred, or you’re facing other administrative penalties or impaired driving charges, doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily committed a crime--breathalyzers can malfunction, and law enforcement errors can also lead to automatic penalties for you.

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A Primer on Criminal Assault in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 16 June 2016

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Many assault cases in Calgary involve criminal charges, and can result in a lasting criminal record if you’re convicted. Criminal assault charges can be extremely damaging both to your reputation and your livelihood. Even if you haven’t laid a hand on anyone, criminal assault charges may still be laid against you.

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Understanding Criminal Assault Charges in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 June 2016

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When most people think about "assault," they think about an act of physical violence. They think assault charges can only be laid when there has been an actual physical interaction, whether it’s domestic altercation, a sexual advance, or simply an argument that got out of hand. While these are certainly situations in which charges could be filed, they by no means encompass the entirety of what is considered assault in Calgary.

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The ONE DUI Fact Everyone In Calgary Needs to Know

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 June 2016

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If you've been reading this blog at all, or if you have another source for all the DUI news in Calgary, you know by now that Alberta established new limits and new penalties for impaired driving back in 2012. You know that driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05 or greater can result in an administrative charge, and that driving with a BAC of .08 or greater can result in a criminal charge, with automatic penalties that begin the moment of your arrest and can continue until your case is resolved in the Calgary courts.

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Drinking Before You Drive in Calgary is Never a Good Idea: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 2 June 2016

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While it's best not to get behind the wheel in Calgary if you've had any alcohol to drink whatsoever, the law does define specific thresholds based on BAC or blood alcohol content that are used in many DUI cases to establish whether an administrative charge or criminal charge is warranted. Remember, though: your body is unique, and while you can estimate your BAC based on the number of drinks you've had in a given timeframe this is far from an exact measure.

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