BC Supreme Court Imposes Heavy Sentence in DUI Death of RCMP Officer

By |August 14th, 2017|Blogs|

British Columbia’s DUI laws are some of the most stringent in Canada. Severe penalties will alter your life forever. As the case of Mr. Fenton lays bare, the Supreme Court of British Columbia won’t hesitate to impose harsh sentences despite mitigating factors.  A judgement posted by the Supreme Court of British Columbia was handed down [...]

Legal Cannabis in B.C: 3 Questions That Need Answering

By |August 11th, 2017|Blogs|

Ottawa has set the date, but they haven’t set the rules. With the provinces now responsible for administering the legal use of recreational cannabis, British Columbia needs to answer these three questions before our province can be certain that we’re ready.  July 1st, 2018—We know the date but we aren’t quite sure exactly how we’re [...]

B.C Supreme Court Streamlines Complex Cases

By |August 11th, 2017|Blogs|

After trial delays, judicial shortages, and accusations of a “culture of complacency” in terms of delays in criminal trials, both Ottawa and the provinces themselves have taken the initiative to change the way criminal trials are processed in Canada and create a more efficient judicial system.  One specific challenge within our province is the manner [...]

The BCCLA Pushes for Accountability at the Border

By |July 3rd, 2017|Blogs|

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) wields vast power in its duty to protect our country’s borders—power that is, in many ways, unchallenged. As one justice concluded, “there is a significant potential for the CBSA’s activities to affect individual rights, dignity, and well-being”. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is exerting pressure on the [...]

Drug-Impaired Driving Statistics: Is B.C. Ready for Legal Cannabis?

By |July 3rd, 2017|Blogs|

With Ottawa set to legalize recreational cannabis, the debate over whether or not to legalize the drug for recreational purposes has shifted toward a discussion regarding how the drug should be distributed and policed, especially as it pertains to a growing issue on Canada’s roads: drug-impaired driving. A recent case made headlines when a Manitoba [...]

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. [...]