Viewing entries posted in December 2016

Winter is a Terrible Season for a Calgary DUI

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 December 2016

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It's true that winter brings some additional obstacles and a few annoyances to Calgary every year, but it also brings a lot of beauty to our bustling city. Everything slows down a bit—they have to, thanks to the weather—and we get a chance to breathe in the fresh, cold air and enjoy the break before the busy spring returns (our long winters make us all the more appreciative of our springs and summers, too, so this colder season is a boon to Calgary in many ways).

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Provide Your Own Best Criminal Defence in Calgary: Stay Silent, Call a Lawyer: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 December 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned that everyone in Calgary and throughout Canada has the right to remain silent whenever they're arrested and/or accused of a crime. Even if you haven't been charged with or accused of a crime, you cannot be compelled to make a statement to Calgary Police or other law enforcement officials that could result in your being charged with a crime. This is due in large part to Section 11(c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which reads:

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Provide Your Own Best Criminal Defence in Calgary: Stay Silent, Call a Lawyer: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 12 December 2016

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The right to remain silent is a staple of American crime dramas. A suspect is arrested, and as they're being handcuffed and shoved into a car they're reminded that "anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law." Anyone who watches British crime dramas might be familiar with a very different statement on a suspect's right to remain silent:

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Plea Deals in Calgary Criminal Defence Cases: Pleading Guilty is Harder Than You Think

Posted by Susan Karpa on 5 December 2016

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Imagine this scenario (or maybe you don't need to imagine it):

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