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Understanding Your Rights at a Roadblock

    Roadblocks are a tool commonly used by the police in Canada to detect traffic infractions and alcohol violations on a large scale. In most cases, drivers will see roadblocks set up on major roads on holiday weekends or late at night around the time when bars begin...

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Bad IRP Decision? What Can You Do About It?

    Bad IRP Decision? What Can You Do About It? Drivers who are caught driving under the influence by the police may receive an Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) on driving. An IRP is a temporary driving suspension that prevents the recipient from driving for a set...

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Understanding the different assault charges in Canada

  One especially confusing portion of Canadian federal criminal law are the different classifications of assault charges. Under Canadian law, assault can mean many different things in many different contexts. If you have been charged with criminal assault, it is...

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Will I go to jail for drunk driving in Kelowna?

    Under Canadian law, driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances can be a very serious crime. However, while criminal drunk driving charges can result in jail time, time behind bars is not always imposed. If you have been charged with drunk driving,...

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What information is in a criminal record check?

    There is an old saying that the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes. There should be a third thing added to that list, however: your criminal record will stay with you for the rest of your life unless it is legally expunged in accordance...

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Can You Appeal Your Sentence in British Columbia?

    By their very nature, criminal trials are unpredictable. Even under the best of circumstances, an unfavorable verdict can result. Criminal defendants who have received an adverse verdict have the opportunity to appeal their sentences to a higher court. As a...

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Why do you have the right to remain silent?

  The Presumption of Innocence and Police Conduct: Why You Have the Right to Remain Silent Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees all citizens: “the right to life, liberty, and security of the person and the right not to be deprived...

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