Criminal Defence Law Blog

The possession, distribution and manufacturing of drugs in Canada is highly controlled and regulated. The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act is a federal law which sets out criminal sanctions for drug-related offences. Drug crimes are treated very seriously and can result in large fines, lengthy prison sentences, as well as weapons prohibitions and the forfeiture of property.

Fraud is a crime that can be difficult to define. While most people understand, at least in basic terms, what constitutes theft, assault or driving while intoxicated, some criminal offences including fraud can be tougher to grasp.

Being charged with a criminal offence is a serious matter; the severe penalties that flow from a conviction can have life-altering consequences. If you or someone you care about is charged with a criminal offence, contact Ravi Prithipaul, criminal defence lawyer serving Edmonton, Fort McMurray and surrounding areas, for your defence.

If you have a DUI case in Edmonton, your interests are best served with legal representation. Hiring an experienced lawyer criminal with past success in defending DUI charges can substantially increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Being accused of a criminal offence is a serious and potentially life-changing event. Whether or not there is a basis for the charge, you should contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer.

Many misconceptions about drunk driving exist and, because some people are misinformed, they end up driving impaired or over the legal limit. In efforts to educate readers, a few common impaired driving myths are debunked.

No one wants to be arrested, but in the event that you are, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities. Ravi Prithipaul, Q.C., criminal defence lawyer in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, informs you of what you need to know.

Drinking and driving continues to be a debilitating problem in our society. Impaired driving causes injury and death in Alberta every year. It is precisely because of the serious risk of collisions that operating motor vehicles (whether an automobile, truck, off-road vehicle or boat) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal.

A drunk driving charge or conviction is one that’s hard to swallow. Yet, according to MADD Canada, there were approximately 8,600 convictions for impaired driving in Alberta each year between 2009 and 2013.

It is very important to know the full scope of your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (“the Charter”) if you are ever detained, arrested and/or searched. Section 10 of the Charter deals with legal rights upon detention or arrest and section 8 guarantees the right to be protected against unreasonable search and seizure.

If you are facing an impaired driving charge in Alberta, it is important to understand the grounds for your arrest, the charges laid, and potential consequences of a conviction. Ravi Prithipaul, impaired driving lawyer in Alberta, outlines these briefly below.

Drug charges are serious criminal offences with sentencing standards for convictions set out in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (the “CDSA”). In March 2012, the CDSA was amended by “anti-crime” legislation - the Safe Streets and Community Act (the “SSCA”).

While the simple possession, use, storage, or handling, of a firearm might appear to be a victimless crime, Crown prosecutors and police agencies take these offences very seriously.

A drunk driving arrest is serious and the consequences are more serious than ever. In 2012 the Alberta government passed legislation which lowered the acceptable level of alcohol deemed to be safe when driving and created new sanctions for alcohol-related driving.

If there is a possibility that you could be convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI), you will want to know if there are any travel restrictions you could face.

As the summer comes to an end, you may hope to get to the cottage, camp or boat one more time before the cold temperatures arrive. It is important to be safe while operating a motor vehicle or motorized water vessel, particularly when where the consumption of alcohol is involved.

Recent reports in the Edmonton Sun indicate that the recent discussions about legalizing marijuana use in Canada have many police departments concerned about how to test for driving under the influence of drugs. Lt.-Col. Kevin Eldridge of the Colorado State Patrol spoke to local law enforcement at the International Conference on Urban Traffic Safety last April. One of the concerns cited is that unlike alcohol, where there are set legal limits, Canada does not currently have such standards for marijuana. Currently, the lack of research on the subject has left law enforcement playing catch up.

In June 2016, the Edmonton Police Service’s bust of the Hell’s Angels followed a lengthy investigation and included the seizure of 21 firearms and 10 arrests. While investigations like these receive ample media coverage, there is significant misinformation and misconceptions about firearm offences in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and throughout Alberta. Two key misconceptions are outlined shortly below.

Former Alberta Member of Parliament Peter Goldring made news when he was arrested for allegedly refusing a breathalyzer in December of 2011. Following a trial in 2013, he was found not guilty. The decision was based on that fact that: “The questions that Mr. Goldring was asking do not suggest he was just buying time… He was obviously in a dilemma. The questions were basically those that one might expect a detainee would ask a lawyer if that option were available.” The Globe & Mail reported that Mr. Goldring said “I wanted to know some information, I wanted to know what happens when other things happen.”

There is often significant attention in the media with respect to sex crimes and sexual offender registries. Some of the unique aspects to crimes of a sexual nature are discussed here, including the immediate consequences that those charged with sex crimes face.

Hiring a lawyer for your criminal appeal is critical for your case because self-represented individuals can easily lose appeals. A criminal appeal lawyer is knowledgeable, can ensure that all the proper steps are taken, and will advise you on the best court of action. Approached properly, a criminal appeal can result in your conviction being overturned or your sentence being reduced by a higher court. Contact Ravi Prithipaul, an experienced criminal lawyer in Edmonton, for advice concerning a criminal appeal.

Drinking and driving can entail significant consequences. Criminal charges can be imposed for impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .08 or refusing to provide a breath or blood sample. A criminal conviction can mean jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s licence for a period, in addition to other measures. Administrative penalties may also be imposed. Contact Ravi Prithipaul, an experienced criminal lawyer in Edmonton, to defend these charges for you.

Canadian criminal law creates two related but distinct drinking and driving offences: driving while one’s ability to drive is impaired by alcohol (and/or a drug), and driving while one’s blood-alcohol concentration exceeds 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. This post concerns proof of impairment in relation to charges of impaired driving.

Consider the following scenario in a drug trafficking case. A police officer maintains that, while conducting surveillance in an area known for illegal activity, he observed a male suspect conduct a number of suspected drug transactions. While maintaining a view of the suspect from the covert location, the officer radios to his colleagues to arrest the individual. On arrest, the police discover baggies of cocaine and a cellular telephone on the suspect’s person. The accused is then prosecuted.

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