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E-Scooter Pilot Proposals Now Welcome

January 27th, 2020|Blogs|

For the past few years, have you seen e-scooters on sidewalks, roads, or bike lanes in British Columbia? Did you know that e-scooters are banned from public terrain? But they [...]

What is the Right to Silence and When Can it Be Used?

December 23rd, 2019|Blogs|

The right to silence is protected under section 7 and section 11(c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is meant to provide the accused the freedom to [...]

What Happens if Charged with Sexual Assault

December 12th, 2019|Sex Crimes|

Sexual assault consists of any sexual contact that takes place without the consent of the people involved. It ranges from nonconsensual touching to rape and can take place anywhere. It [...]

What Happens to Someone Charged with Domestic Abuse

November 15th, 2019|Other Crimes|

Although there is no specific offence listed in the Criminal Code, most acts of family violence are crimes in Canada. But there are offences related to domestic abuse, such as [...]

What Happens When an Unregistered Restricted or Prohibited Gun is Used in Self-Defence?

November 11th, 2019|Other Crimes|

This is something all gun-owners should be aware of: All Canadians have a right to self-defence and to use firearms against attackers. However, the right to self-defence does not overrule [...]

What About Bail After an Arrest

October 17th, 2019|Blogs|

Bail court is not offered to every person who is accused of a criminal offence. The police determine whether to release the accused or bring them to bail court based [...]

How Criminal Investigations Are Mishandled

October 1st, 2019|Blogs|

Obviously the purpose of a criminal investigation is to gather all of the facts, evidence, and witnesses that can substantiate proof that the crime was or wasn’t committed by the [...]

Will a Criminal Record Affect my Immigration or Residential Status

September 15th, 2019|Blogs|

In general, any criminal charges can negatively affect Canadian immigration or residential status, even if the charges were dropped or dismissed. It can definitely prevent you from applying for citizenship [...]

What to Expect as a Repeat Offender

September 1st, 2019|Blogs|

Keeping people out of jail for the first time is instrumental in helping them avoid repeat incarcerations. Yet, statistically, most convicted offenders have at least one prior conviction. In fact, [...]

Defences and Life Circumstances

August 16th, 2019|Blogs|

Although there are exceptions, every crime includes at least three parts: a criminal act, criminal intent, and the coexistence of the two. There are criminal acts where the predetermined intent [...]