Viewing entries posted in April 2017

The Best Way to Beat a Calgary DUI? A Defence Lawyer's Secret: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 25 April 2017

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As you read in Part 1 of this article, DUI charges are among the most common criminal charges brought against Calgary citizens and filed with the Calgary courts. You also learned that the new DUI laws in Calgary not only establish criminal charges for DUIs involving a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or higher, but that they also establish much harsher penalties for DUIs than previously existed and, most importantly, grant broad powers to the Calgary Police and other law enforcement agencies when it comes to invading your privacy—and arguably even your rights—in their investigation of DUIs.

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Getting the Defence Lawyer You Deserve Through Calgary Legal Aid: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 April 2017

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned that not only is everyone accused of a crime in Calgary—and indeed, throughout Canada—entitled to consult with an experienced defence lawyer as part of their charter rights, but that organizations and services like Alberta Legal Aid can help you pay for your defence lawyer. There are financial and other eligibility requirements to qualify for Legal Aid; those who qualify can have the legal fees associated with their defence paid in full or in part by the Legal Aid office.

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Could a Calgary Drug Conviction Affect Your Future?

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 April 2017

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With marijuana legalization in process and a shifting public and government perspective on recreational drug use, many Calgary citizens might be under the impression that drug offences are no longer a big deal. Drug possession is a crime many commit during their college years and even later in life, and we know that upstanding and productive members of our community may use illegal drugs in a wholly responsible manner. This leads to the impression that the Calgary Police and our local Crown prosecutors don't really care much about drug offences, and that drug charges aren't something you need to worry about.

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Assault: The Most Common Crime in Calgary: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 April 2017

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In Part 1 of this article, you learned a fact that might have come as a bit of a shock: of all the crimes defined by Calgary law, more people each year are charged with assault than any other crime. Only traffic violations and some minor "disturbance" crimes are seen more frequently in the Calgary courts than charges for assault.

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