Viewing entries posted in June 2017

With Calgary Legal Aid, Finances Aren't a Barrier to the Defence Lawyer of Your Choice

Posted by Susan Karpa on 27 June 2017

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We know that times are tough, economically speaking, for many families and individuals in Calgary. Unemployment is higher in Calgary than in any other Canadian city, and finances are tight in many households. With many struggling to meet their day-to-day expenses, sudden additional expenses can come as a crushing blow, and many will sacrifice other areas of their lives to avoid additional financial strain.

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Will a DUI Defence Become IMPOSSIBLE in Calgary? Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 20 June 2017

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In Part 1 of this article, you read about the apparent Charter violations in Alberta's strict impaired driving or "DUI" laws. Despite a significant decline in DUI rates before the law went into effect (with no evidence that the law did anything to contribute to a further decline), a new law was put in place that not only created a criminal charge for some DUIs, but that led to what many consider violations of privacy and of rights to remain free from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to be presumed innocent, and the right to consult with a lawyer when arrested and/or charged with a crime.

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Will a DUI Defence Become IMPOSSIBLE in Calgary? Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 14 June 2017

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If you've read this blog at all, you know I'm no fan of the new impaired driving or "DUI" (driving under the influence) laws Alberta enacted back in 2012. While I appreciate the stated intention of keeping us safe—and while I encourage everyone to stay off the roads if they've had anything to drink or taken any other mind-altering substance—this law went too far, and for too little effect.

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Understanding Domestic Assault Charges and Your Legal Options in Calgary

Posted by Susan Karpa on 8 June 2017

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Many people in Calgary are unaware of the broad nature of Calgary's assault laws and the resulting ease with which people can find themselves charged with a serious criminal offence. According to Canada's Criminal Code, assault includes such acts as blocking someone's way, making a verbal threat of violence, and brandishing a weapon. No actual physical contact has to take place for an assault to have occurred, according to the legal definition, which means many arguments that get a little out of hand can end up with assault charges being filed.

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