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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.

Details of the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program

The Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program was introduced in December 1999. This law is in place to help minimize the number of impaired drivers in the area.

The AALS automatically imposes a disqualification or suspension on drivers who are criminally charged with a drug or alcohol related offence. Furthermore, the disqualification or suspension remains in place until the charges are eliminated.

Advanced criminal profiling calls for representation

If you are charged with a sexual offence, it goes without saying that police will use all the tools at their disposal to learn more about what happened. This includes criminal profiling, also known as Criminal Investigative Analysis.

This investigative tool is used by law enforcement agencies to help solve a variety of crimes, such as sexual assault, hostage-taking, threats and kidnapping. The analysis takes many details into consideration, such as information provided by victims and witnesses, as well as any evidence collected from the crime scene.

Serious criminal charges require a serious approach

When a person is charged with a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is imperative that they understand the seriousness of their situation. This is nothing to take lightly, as it can have a negative impact on your life in a number of ways.

On one side of the spectrum, there are less serious criminal charges, such as shoplifting and breaking and entering. On the other side of things, there are more serious charges, including but not limited to murder, manslaughter and weapons charges.

Southern Alberta man charged with drug crimes

A southern Alberta man is facing a variety of drug-related charges as the result of an investigation conducted by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team. The investigation turned up a variety of information, while also leading to the seizure of approximately $50,000 worth of fentanyl and cocaine.

According to news reports, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team seized roughly 373 grams of cocaine in the Calgary area. It is believed that the man was a supplier to many dealers in the Lethbridge area.