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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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A Calgary DUI Lawyer's Tips for Your Defence: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 9 May 2017

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In Part 1 of this article, you read that your best defence against an impaired driving or "DUI" charge in Calgary is to avoid getting one in the first place. It might seem like unimpressive advice, but it's the most important thing for everyone to keep in mind, for both their legal and their personal safety. Not only is it dangerous to drive while you're intoxicated, but you're at serious legal risk—and facing serious consequences—if you drive when you even might be intoxicated or have intoxicants in your system.

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A Calgary DUI Lawyer's Tips for Your Defence: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 3 May 2017

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Though rates have been dropping, and despite the fact that Calgary compares favorably to many cities of its size, impaired driving or "DUI" charges still remain one of the most common criminal charges brought before the Calgary courts and laid against Calgary citizens. These charges can have serious consequences if they lead to a conviction, and in most cases will disrupt your life from the moment you are arrested and/or have charges laid against you.

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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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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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