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New Drug-Impaired Driving Laws

What are the new laws in effect for driving while under the influence of marijuana? As of October 17, 2018, marijuana or cannabis is now legal in Canada. In anticipation of the legalization of marijuana, new laws were put in place on June 21, 2018 in relation to driving while under the influence of marijuana. […]

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Getting Bail in Alberta

When you are arrested for a crime, the first thing that will have to be decided is whether or not you should be held in jail (known as a remand centre) or released into the community on bail while you await your trial. Currently, trials in Alberta are significantly delayed and it can take several […]

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How Delays in the Court System May Impact Your Rights

  If you or someone you know has been charged with a criminal offence, you are undoubtedly aware that dealing with criminal charges can be a lengthy process. Delays in the court system often result in accused individuals waiting months or even years to resolve these charges. These prolonged delays can impact the lives of […]

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Self-defense: How does it Work?

WHAT IS SELF-DEFENSE? Self-defense is a well-known defense in Canadian law justifying the use of force to repel an attack. It is an ancient common law that was incorporated into the first Canadian Criminal Code in 1892. The authors of 1879 Report of the Criminal Code Bill Commission, which formed the basis for the inclusion of the […]

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What Constitutes A Weapon?

What Constitutes A Weapon under the Criminal Code? Many individuals and police alike assume that everyday hunting, working, or collectors’ knives and other objects automatically qualify as “weapons” under the Criminal Code for the purposes of charging individuals with offences such as carrying a concealed weapon or possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. […]

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