New Impaired Driving Laws In Alberta

There are new impaired driving laws in Alberta that will vastly impact how DUIs and Impaired Driving infractions in Alberta will be dealt with. The law predominantly effects first-time offenders, and it changes the way impaired driving law in Alberta lays Criminal Charges. On December 1st, 2020, the Government of Alberta put into practice a new system for dealing with most Impaired Driving charges.  These changes are largely contained within Bill 21 and are now in place. This change represents a radical revision to the way impaired driving laws have worked for decades.  Moving forward,  the police will have the…

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Domestic Assault

What is domestic assault? Domestic assault is a criminal charge of assault against a domestic partner. Domestic assault is not specifically in the Canadian Criminal Code; however, domestic assault is often considered a unique form of assault by the Crown Prosecutors and the Courts. Domestic assault charges are taken incredibly seriously in the court of law, and as such your actions after an alleged domestic assault must be performed carefully.  Domestic Assault charges are unique as they contain elements of breach of trust, as well as the fact that domestic assault is a very common occurrence in society. What are…

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Aggravated Assault vs Assault?

The Criminal Code of Canada classifies Assault offences into categories based on different circumstances such as the use of weapons, injuries caused, as well as other factors.  These distinctions can be very important as different sentencing considerations, including higher maximum sentences, may apply. Assault  — s. 266 of the Criminal Code Assault is the act of applying force to another person without their consent. Assault can also be a threat of applying force to another person, either explicitly by verbal threat, or implicitly through carrying a weapon and directing it at another person. Assault is often a blanket term used…

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I Got A DUI. What Do I Do Now?

Getting stopped while driving under the influence can be a scary situation. Everyone makes mistakes, but making the mistake of driving under the influence can be more serious than most other driving charges. What happens if you get a DUI varies based on the situation. If you are found by police to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself. Firstly, what constitutes Driving Under the Influence? What, Exactly, is Driving Under The Influence? Driving under the influence is more accurately described as being impaired by alcohol…

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19+ Important Questions To Ask Your Divorce Lawyer

Are you considering separation or divorce? Join us as our Edmonton family law expert shares with Canadians the most important questions to ask your divorce lawyer on the first meeting. There’s no question that navigating the waters of separation and divorce is a challenge. When it comes to seeking legal representation, ensuring you are prepared for the first meeting with your divorce lawyer will definitely help smooth out the process, and these thoughtful questions should do just that. Let’s dive in – 1. How many years of experience do you have handling divorce family law…

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A Simple Guide To Spousal Support in Alberta

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Wondering how spousal support works in Canada? Today, our experts explain what, exactly, spousal support is, who’s entitled to it, and the different factors that affect how spousal support is calculated in Alberta. Let’s face it. Divorce is hard. When it comes to navigating all of the considerations involved with divorce, there’s no question that it can quickly become mentally, emotionally and financially overwhelming. Spousal support, in particular, can often be especially difficult because there are so many variables that determine whether it’s necessary, who pays it and how much. Looking to clear the air on spousal support in Alberta?…

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Can I Travel Outside of Canada with a DUI?

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Have you been convicted of a DUI in Alberta – or elsewhere in Canada – and are now worried about whether you’ll be able to travel outside of Canada? While it would be nice to hear that there are no limitations on travelling internationally with a DUI, that is simply not the case. Related: The Truth About Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta Whether you will be permitted entry to another country will depend on that country’s laws surrounding impaired driving charges as well as various other circumstances such as the nature of your offence and how you present your…

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Help! I was Caught Driving Without Insurance in Alberta

You’ve been charged with driving without insurance.  Now what?  Learn about the penalties you may face for driving without auto insurance in Alberta, including tickets & fines, criminal record, arrest & jail time. Penalties Tickets & Fines For first-time offenders, the minimum fine for driving without insurance is most commonly $2,875, but the maximum fine can be as high as $11,500, depending on the conditions surrounding the situation. Demerit Points How many demerit points are given out for driving without insurance? In Alberta, there are no demerits for a No Insurance charge. Criminal Record Is driving without insurance a criminal…

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Help! I Got Caught Driving Without a License in Alberta

What happens next? Learn about the penalties you may face for driving without a license in Alberta, including tickets & fines, car seizure (impound), arrest & jail time. Ah, Alberta. The home of buzzing metropolitan centres in both Calgary and Edmonton, the beautiful Rocky Mountains near Banff and Jasper, and a major hub of global oilfield activity in the north. And, well, safe, governed streets and roadways, too. Driving With an Invalid License in Alberta In Alberta, driving offences such as Driving with a Suspended License, Driving While Unauthorized and Driving While Prohibited – are serious offences that can lead…

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The Expert Truth About Living Common Law in Alberta [2020]

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As one of Edmonton’s trusted, top family law firms, one of the most common questions we get in the field of family law is this: What is considered “common law” in Alberta? The fact of the matter is that couples engaged in a “common law” relationship don’t have the same legal rights or obligations as a married couple, and this is where the situation can get sticky. The rights and obligations of unmarried couples are determined based on what might be fair in the particular circumstances of their relationship. This becomes problematic because it makes it difficult for couples to…

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