Canadians have recently heard a lot about mandatory minimum sentences (MMS) for criminal and drug offenses. A survey concerning the MMS was conducted by the federal government. This has resulted in some commentators wondering if the Liberals will do what’s necessary to roll back the MMS and fulfill their campaign promise. Seeing as the MMS…

After many years of marijuana being smoked in secrecy or eliciting arrests when smoked publicly, Canada is considering legalizing its usage. Amidst the numerous onlookers to the House of Commons health committee studying the government’s bill to permit marijuana were the Saskatoon Police Service, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ontario Provincial Police….

With the way technology progresses, it is sensible to update laws and punishments to accommodate the situation. For instance, when someone is legally prohibited from communicating with another person: years ago, the stipulations regarded talking on the phone, and physically being near the person. Today, the stipulations include e-mail, texting, and any other form of…

Many people believe that a 24-hour drug prohibition and 24-hour alcohol prohibition are the same thing. They are actually very different, from the procedure to review and evidence. Both prohibitions are categorized under section 215 of the Motor Vehicle Act. However, section 215 (2) involves alcohol prohibition while section 215 (3) involves drug prohibition. Specific…

As many times as we have heard the words on TV, few people understand their right to remain silent when being questioned by police. One recent story illustrates why it is so important to know, understand, and exercise this right. An attorney representing a man who was accused the fatal shooting and dismembering of a…

Traveling is already a stressful. However, if you are stressed out even more because you have a criminal history, you may have a problem being allowed to enter another country. If you have a criminal record, most countries will have border officers decide whether or not you should be allowed in. This can put a…

Out of the thirty-five million persons composing Canada’s population, almost ten percent have accrued criminal records of some kind. Any such person may apply for a criminal pardon – also known as a record suspension – in order to get their personal lives back on course; however, the fee that such a person must pay…

Knowing what to expect during your first appearance in criminal court can put you at ease and help you to be fully prepared. To know what to expect, read the following information. To get legal advice, contact a lawyer. The contact information for a reputable criminal lawyer can be found at the end of this…

At long last, the federal government of Canada is starting to wage war on its zombie laws, and that could have important implications for individuals facing prosecution due to the improper use of a zombie law. What Are Zombie Laws? A zombie law is a code, that while still on the books and technically valid,…

During the week of April 10th, the Canadian Liberal government is going to announce legislation that will make marijuana legal in Canada starting July 1, 2018. The legislation follows a recommendation made by the federally appointed task force led by Justice Minister Anne McLellan. A senior government official who spoke under anonymity confirmed that Bill…

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