Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act in 2019 – What you need to know

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) was introduced in 2003 to replace the Young Offenders Act. The primary reason for updating the legislation was to reduce the number of incarcerated youth, a punishment that could have a lasting detrimental impact on an individual. YCJA addresses criminal behaviour while understanding that youth can lack maturity and … Read More.

What is Consent?

Consent is an important concept in cases of assault, especially cases of sexual assault – an intentional application of force of a sexual nature without consent. The application of force and the sexual nature are typically not an issue as this could be almost any form of physical sexual contact. Whether the sexual acts were … Read More.

“Proactive Patrol” Disguised As Vehicle Checks

Proactive patrol is a commonly used policing tactic where officers patrol an area looking for suspicious activity. While on proactive patrol officers will often use the very broad authority granted to them under the Traffic Safety Act (TSA) to stop vehicles for minor traffic, or vehicle equipment, violations to then attempt to discover evidence of … Read More.

Steps to take if you have been Charged with a Criminal Offence

Being charged with a criminal offence is a stressful experience for anyone. Feelings of guilt or anger (when falsely accused) combined with the disruption to your life and the potential for a criminal conviction and incarceration create a situation most of us are not accustomed to. Hiring a lawyer to help navigate the criminal justice … Read More.

How does the appeal process work in Canada?

The appeal process in Canada exists to allow a trial decision to be reviewed by a higher-level court and ensure the decision was legally correct and prevent injustices. An appeal needs to be based on interpretations of the law, or overriding errors in judgment, where the decision could not have been supported by the evidence … Read More.

What Type of Crimes Can be Pardoned?

A criminal record can be detrimental to finding and keeping employment in the modern economy. A pardon – also referred to as a record suspension – can be requested to remove criminal convictions from someone’s record. Canadians can apply for a pardon from the Parole Board of Canada after a certain amount of time following … Read More.

DUI/Impaired Driving Laws See Dramatic And Troubling Changes

On December 18, 2018 dramatic changes to impaired driving laws came into force. Here are some of the more major changes: The legal limit will be reduced to 80 mg of alcohol/100 ml of blood or higher instead of “greater than 80 mg”. Readings which previously would result in a warning (80 mg to 89 … Read More.

New Provincial Suspension Rules For Drunk Driving

On April 9, 2018 the new Alberta Administrative License Suspension law came into effect. This affects people who the police suspect have committed an impaired driving-related offence (such as impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.08, or refusing to provide a sample to a police officer). What prompted this change to the … Read More.

Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Charges

Are you a permanent resident or foreign national charged with a criminal offence in Canada? Do you know how your criminal charges can impact your ability to stay in the country or obtain citizenship? If you are not a Canadian citizen, and you are convicted of a criminal offence in Canada, your status in this country … Read More.

#IBelieveYou vs. Presumption Of Innocence

In 2015, the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services launched the #IBelieveYou campaign. The campaign is funded by the province and is meant to encourage victims of sexual assault to come forward and report their stories. Campaigns like this have a high social value. But what do they mean for the most important principle in … Read More.