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Understanding the Chu v. Canada Decision in BC

By |June 9th, 2017|Blogs|

New regulations enacted by parliament have made it increasingly difficult for those who have rehabilitated and lived crime-free to obtain a pardon for their past offences. Several changes to the Criminal Records Act (CRA) have lengthened the ineligibility period for a record suspension and even made certain offenders ineligible in totality. Ricky Martin Chu has [...]

Can Your Case Be Thrown Out Due to Delays? In B.C, Yes

By |June 9th, 2017|Blogs|

The Crown has long been struggling to fill vacancies within the provincial justice system, but only recently has it begun to put justice at risk. Now, delays are not only making the legal process more difficult for the accused, they could be giving the guilty a chance to walk As criminal defence attorneys in British [...]

British Columbia Domestic Violence FAQs

By |May 29th, 2017|Blogs|

Domestic violence is a crime that sadly cuts through all social, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. Though rates of abuse are higher for certain income levels or ethnic backgrounds (for example, indigenous women are more at risk than others), anyone, man or woman, can be a victim. British Columbia’s rate of domestic assault charges is [...]

Marijuana legal by 2018? What does it mean for British Columbia?

By |May 29th, 2017|Blogs|

One of Prime Minister Trudeau’s major platforms in the run-up to the election was his promise to produce a framework for the legalization of marijuana in Canada. In his words, he wanted to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access” and “to keep it out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands [...]

Can I Cross The US Border With A Criminal Record: know your rights in a volatile environment

By |March 24th, 2017|Blogs, Driving Offences, Drug Offences|

Traveling to our neighbors to the south? Wondering if your criminal record will get you turned back? Find out which charges will prevent you from crossing and which shouldn’t be an issue Canadians have been visiting the USA in record numbers recently, with 2010 seeing a record-breaking 24.5 million same-day car trips across the border. [...]

B.C Drunk Driving At Lowest Rate in a Decade

By |March 10th, 2017|Blogs|

British Columbia has some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation, with penalties ranging from the immediate loss of your license and vehicle to heavy fines and responsible driving classes. The good news is that these strict laws and the hard work of advocacy groups seems to be paying off. According to recent [...]

The Canadian Bar Association Finds B.C Courts Lagging Behind

By |March 10th, 2017|Blogs|

A recent report from the CBA recommends the courts get more funding and staffing We would like to start by saying that the criminal justice system in British Columbia (and across Canada) has done a remarkable job in keeping Canada one of the world’s safest nations in which to live. We commend their work. That [...]

Violent Crime Statistics in British Columbia: is it safe to live in BC now?

By |February 27th, 2017|Blogs|

Canada is one of the world’s safest, most prosperous, and most developed nations, but like all nations, we continue to struggle with social ills including violent crime. Since we are constantly exposed to crimes of a violent nature via the cases that we litigate, we thought we would do some research into the statistics. Is [...]

Drug Overdoses Have Reached an All-time High in B.C.

By |January 23rd, 2017|Blogs|

In November of last year, the CBC wrote an article that highlighted new figures by the BC Coroners Service which point to the astounding number of overdose-related deaths in the province. According to chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, 128 people died of an illicit drug overdose in November alone, averaging at more than four people a [...]

Dean Michael Wiwchar Loses Appeal over Firearm Possession

By |January 16th, 2017|Blogs|

In 2015, Dean Michael Wiwchar was sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of 16 firearms in the spring of 2012. At the time, he was a suspect in the murder of gangster Sandip Duhre, who was shot to death in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre. 2 guns were seized from his [...]