“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.

Senior Partner Robert Shaigec Appointed Judge

On Dec 5, 2017 our great friend, partner and colleague, Robert Shaigec, was appointed by Alberta’s Minister of Justice as a judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta.  Robert joined our firm as an articling student many years ago, and quickly climbed our ranks to become a Senior Partner. He has defended thousands of criminal cases across Alberta … Read More.

5 Tips for Hiring A Criminal Lawyer

Being charged with a crime can be one of the most stressful and potentially devastating events in one’s life. Hiring an experienced, knowledgeable and effective defence lawyer is an essential first step to taking control of the situation; but how best to do that? Here are some basic tips: Obtain a referral from a trusted friend, … Read More.