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Calgary Criminal Law & Misdemeanours Law Blog

Crack down on fentanyl likely to lead to other problems

Being addicted to any type of drug is difficult. When that addiction leads to an arrest on drug charges, the situation often becomes complex. The penalties for drug crime convictions can be considerable, but if treatment isn't part of the punishment, the person might fall back into the same habits when released from prison. That is the issue that one doctor has with the new crack down on illegal fentanyl trade.

Dr. Hakique Virani notes that if officials crack down on the illicit trade of fentanyl without offering treatment for the underlying addiction to the drug that drives people to participate in the trade, the problem will just shift to other drugs. He notes that the change might be to heroin or another opioid drug.

All criminal charges demand firm defence representation

Facing criminal charges can be a serious matter in Alberta. Charges from shoplifting or theft to sexual offences and murder can all have very harsh penalties that can greatly affect your life. We know that anyone who is facing criminal charges likely wants to minimise the penalties that they will have to deal with in the event of a conviction.

The Criminal Code of Canada dictates that even a summary conviction offence can carry up to six months in prison and up to $2,000 in fines. Indictable offences are even more serious with some carrying up to life in prison. That shows how important it is to work with a defence lawyer who is familiar with the laws that are applicable to your criminal case.

The criminal process for sexual assault cases in Canada

When it comes to sexual assault cases, there are several different things that must be taken into account. For a defendant, there are a lot of questions that come up. In some cases, the defendant might falsely believe that he or she can talk the alleged victim out of pressing charges. That, however, doesn't work for sexual assault cases in Canada.

In Canada, the Provincial Crown Prosecutor is the person who decides if sexual assault charges will be filed in a case. Since the victim isn't considered anything more than a witness to the sexual assault crime, the defendant trying to get the victim to drop the charges or not press charges won't do any good.

What is the definition of sexual assault?

Sexual assault is viewed as a violent crime in Canada. People who are accused of sexual assault can face criminal charges. Anyone who is facing this type of allegation should understand some basic points about sexual assault so he or she can make decisions pertaining to his or her defense.

What is sexual assault?

DUI defence can include a variety of strategies

Facing criminal charges of any kind is a troubling experience. When your criminal charges stem from accusations of drunk driving, the fear of consequences if a conviction occurs is likely one of the most troubling aspects of your charges. We can help you explore your options for presenting a defence against these charges.

We understand that the prospects of imprisonment, fines, increased insurance premiums and/or losing your license are scary. While we are unable to promise that you won't have to deal with any of those consequences, we can promise that we will work hard on your case.

DUI checkpoints, your liberties and public safety

We previously discussed how serious drunk driving charges can be. The penalties of a drunk driving conviction are severe in Canada. Those posts might have some people wondering what they can do to avoid getting stopped by police officers. Obviously, the primary answer is to avoid driving after you have been drinking.

Some drivers might notice that police officers use DUI checkpoints to try to catch drunk drivers. This is increasingly common around holidays, such as St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve. While those checkpoints are meant to help keep people on the roadways safe, they are considered by some to be a violation of their liberties.

Build a defence early against criminal charges

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the ins and outs of walking around naked in Canada. If you recall, we discussed how intricate and complex the laws can be. In most cases, a lot of interpretation must be done when one of these cases goes before criminal justice system. The same is often true for other criminal charges.

For people in Alberta, learning they are facing criminal charges can be a harrowing experience. The possible penalties of these crimes, especially those associated with violent crimes or sexual offences, can be considerable. That often leads the defendant into desiring that the charges be dropped or a not guilty finding be made. We can't promise that either of those will happen, but we can promise to build the strongest defence that we can to help show your side of the case.

Can I walk naked in Canada without facing criminal charges?

For some people, living a natural life means embracing a variety of experiences. Some people might opt to embrace the life of a nudist. That, however, might run afoul of Canadian laws. The key word is might because Canadian law has some very interesting points regarding public nudity.

Is there a law against public nudity in Canada?

The seriousness of a drunk driving charge

If you have ever taken a drink of alcohol and got behind the wheel of a vehicle, there is a chance you could have been pulled over for impaired driving. For many, being stopped for drunk driving is their first encounter with the legal system.

Even if you do not cause an accident, a drunk driving charge is serious. This can lead to a criminal record, which can work against you in the future, such as when applying for a job or purchasing an insurance policy.

Are you familiar with the many sexual assault myths?

When a person is charged with sexual assault, it is safe to assume they are concerned about the future. What type of punishment is attached to this charge? What will other people think? What is the best way to avoid trouble with the law? These are just a few of the many questions that people in this position ask themselves.

It is important to become familiar with the many myths associated with sexual assault. This is particularly true if you or a loved one has been charged with this serious crime.