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Does drug addiction cause more crime?

  Many in Canada often associate drugs with crime, and in many cases, the possession or use of drugs is itself a crime. More recently, a spotlight has been placed on drug-related incidents due to the opioid crisis afflicting the nation. Sociologists have spent decades...

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Why You Should Hire a Vernon Criminal Defense Attorney

  As a whole, the Canadian justice system is very fair. The accused enjoy the right to be present and be heard in court, the right to remain silent, and the right to representation by legal counsel. That last right is one of the most important rights of all. This is...

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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 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 to...

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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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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 with...

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Will I go to jail for drunk driving in Vernon?

 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, it...

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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 general...

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