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As part of our mission to keep you informed of your legal rights, we have created this blog to cover a wide range of topics and useful information regarding criminal defence. Be sure to check back regularly for our latest entries.

E-Scooter Pilot Proposals Now Welcome

By |January 27th, 2020|Categories: 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 won’t be for long.  In [...]

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

By |December 23rd, 2019|Categories: 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 avoid implicating himself in criminal [...]

What Happens if Charged with Sexual Assault

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: 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 is illegal to force sexual [...]

What Happens to Someone Charged with Domestic Abuse

By |November 15th, 2019|Categories: 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 assault and forcible confinement. There [...]

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

By |November 11th, 2019|Categories: 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 the requirement to register a [...]

What About Bail After an Arrest

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: 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 on the severity of the [...]

How Criminal Investigations Are Mishandled

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: 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 accused.  Criminal investigators have extensive [...]

Will a Criminal Record Affect my Immigration or Residential Status

By |September 15th, 2019|Categories: 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 and in some cases, it [...]

What to Expect as a Repeat Offender

By |September 1st, 2019|Categories: 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, nearly 75 percent of offenders [...]

Defences and Life Circumstances

By |August 16th, 2019|Categories: 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 did not exist or cannot [...]

What are the Court Procedures for Criminal Cases?

By |August 1st, 2019|Categories: Blogs|

Court Procedures for Criminal Cases If you or someone you know thinks they have committed a crime, this information will help to understand exactly how crimes are classified and handled by the courts. The primary [...]

Petty Theft vs Grand Larceny

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: Blogs, Other Crimes|

What are the differences? Petty theft and grand larceny are basically the same offences. Both are defined as the unlawful taking and carrying away of the personal property of another person without their consent. The [...]

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