How Long After Shoplifting Can You Be Caught?

There is a common misconception that if you shoplift and are able to leave the store undetected that you will not be charged for your crimes. You may wonder then, how long after shoplifting can you be caught? In Canada, unlike in the United States, there is no universal statute of limitations on criminal acts, so, depending on the gravity of your shoplifting, there may not be a maximum amount of time to protect you from being prosecuted. If you have shoplifted and are wondering about the penalties and likeliness of being caught after the fact, read on. How are…

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What is a Bail Hearing in Alberta? How Does Bail Work?

Bail hearings are when a Judge or Justice of the Peace decides if a person arrested for a criminal offence should be released before their trial, either with a monetary bail amount, either with or without a cash deposit, or on a form of promise to return for court. Understanding how bail hearings and bail work in Alberta courts can be complicated. If you’ve been charged with a criminal offence and are going through a bail hearing, read this guide and contact a criminal defence lawyer for the best outcome. What is Bail?  According to the Canadian Charter of Rights…

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Consequences of Having a Criminal Record in Canada

A criminal record can come with many consequences. If you have a criminal record in Canada, you run the risk of facing stigma, missing out on opportunities, and not being able to experience the same things as those without a criminal record. If you have a criminal record or at risk of receiving one, read on to learn the various consequences of having a criminal record.  What is a Criminal Record? A criminal record lays out a person’s criminal history. A person’s criminal record lists out all criminal offences that an individual was charged for that have not yet been…

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Can You Get a Criminal Record for Shoplifting in Canada?

Shoplifting, also known as “theft under $5000” , is a criminal offence in Canada. Not all criminal offences are treated the same, as the gravity of the crime impacts the gravity of the punishment. One thing that all criminal offences in Canada have in common, however, is that they can end up on your criminal record if you are convicted. Shoplifting in Canada is taken seriously, and if you are found guilty you will likely end up with a criminal record. Read on to learn about shoplifting in Canada and what you should do if charged with a minor theft…

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How to Beat an Assault Charge in Canada

If you’ve been charged with assault in Canada, the first thing you’re likely wondering is how you can beat an assault charge. Assault charges in Canada can be a difficult and confusing situation to go through.  Charges are usually laid by the police, not the alleged victim, and there are many layers of what an assault charge means. If you’re looking to beat an assault charge in Canada, there are a few things you can do to help your case along. The first thing you should do if you are ever charged with assault in Canada is contact an experienced…

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Common Law Alberta in 2021: What You Really Need to Know!

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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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What is the Charge for Dangerous Driving?

Dangerous driving is defined simply in s. 320.13(1) of the Canadian Criminal Code as operating a conveyance in a manner that, having regard to all of the circumstances, is dangerous to the public.  A conveyance is usually a motor vehicle.  Courts have determined that this section contains its own definition and no additional definition is required.  The mens rea of the offence requires an objective assessment of whether the driving amounts to a danger to the public, bearing in mind all circumstances.  The behaviour should amount to a marked departure from the standard of care that a reasonable person would…

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What are criminal driving violations? Is there such a thing as a criminal traffic violation?

Driving a motor vehicle is one of the most regulated activities an individual can undertake.  From licensing and vehicle equipment rules and regulations all the way up to driving behaviour that can result in a period of incarceration, operating a motor vehicle is one area where the individual might expect to run into trouble with the law at some point in their life.  Driving violations are generally either traffic matters or Criminal matters, depending on the severity.  The vast majority of driving regulation is governed by provincial traffic legislation, in Alberta that is under the Traffic Safety Act. What…

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Assault vs Battery: Full Guide in 2021

You may be wondering what the difference is between assault and battery. In Canada, there actually isn’t a criminal differentiation between assault versus battery, as battery is not defined in the Canadian Criminal Code. Instead, the difference between assault and battery in Canada would better be understood as the difference between assault and assault causing bodily harm. What is Battery (Assault Causing Bodily Harm)? Battery is a criminal offence in a number of countries. In the UK, battery is a common-law offence where according to Actus reus, a defendant unlawfully applied force to a victim, and as with men’s rea,…

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What is the Time Limit to Press Assault Charges in Canada?

If you’ve been assaulted or committed an assault, you may be wondering what the time limit in Canada is for pressing assault charges. In Canada, pressing assault charges is actually most often done by the police.  If the police have decided to press assault charges, there can be a time limit in Canada. Pressing assault charges’ time limit in Canada is six months for summary convictions, but there is no time limit for indictable offences. There are two types of criminal procedures in Canada, and it is often up to the prosecution to decide what kind of criminal procedure is…

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