Viewing entries posted in March 2017

The Best Way to Beat a Calgary DUI? A Defence Lawyer's Secret: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 29 March 2017

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As a defence lawyer here in Calgary, I've helped more than a few clients facing impaired driving or "DUI" charges in the area. Such charges remain one of the most common criminal charges brought against Calgary citizens and filed in the Calgary courts—and yes, DUI charges can be criminal, not just administrative offences like other traffic violations and many other minor crimes. This is just one aspect of the new DUI laws at work in Calgary that many have challenged as unfair and violations of citizens' rights, but as of now these laws have been upheld and remain on the books.

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The #1 Reason NOT to Defend Yourself in Calgary Criminal Cases

Posted by Susan Karpa on 22 March 2017

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Every year in Calgary, thousands of ordinary citizens who somehow find themselves charged with a criminal offence make a fateful and almost universally negative decision. Instead of finding a defence lawyer they like and trust to work with them on their case, they choose to represent themselves. This almost never works out to their benefit, and decisions like these are responsible for thousands (if not millions) of dollars in added penalties and years of life spent in jail.

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Getting the Defence Lawyer You Deserve Through Calgary Legal Aid: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 March 2017

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The right to consult with a criminal defence lawyer is one of the pillars of Calgary's criminal justice system and the system throughout Canada. It is so vital to the workings of our democracy that your right to a lawyer is even enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But though everyone in Calgary has the right to a defence lawyer, not everyone is aware of the resources available to them in securing the services of a trusted legal professional.

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Assault: The Most Common Crime in Calgary: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 6 March 2017

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Most people in Calgary, including those who find themselves charged with a criminal offence, consider themselves productive and law-abiding members of our society. Indeed, most people in Calgary—including those charged with a criminal offence—ARE productive and generally productive and law-abiding members of society. We live in one of the safest and lowest-crime cities in the world, let alone Canada. Yet the Calgary Police and other law enforcement agencies manage to find plenty to keep themselves busy, and that can spell trouble for an unaware Calgary citizen.

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A Calgary Defence Lawyer's Advice When You're Facing Drug Charges

Posted by Susan Karpa on 1 March 2017

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For decades, drugs in Calgary were dealt with purely as a criminal justice issues. Drugs are against the law, therefore anyone using them is a criminal, plain and simple. That's how the Calgary Police, the Crown prosecutors, and society at large saw things.

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