Underage and Charged with A DUI

Canada is notoriously tough when it comes to DUIs. Since Canada considers impaired driving to be a felony, those with DUIs can be barred from entering the country. The Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance Program (AZAT) is even tougher. Regardless of age, drivers with Learner Class 7 or Graduated Class 5 licenses must have a blood alcohol level of zero when driving or they will automatically receive a one-month licence suspension. Zero tolerance laws are implemented to protect all drivers from drunk driving. But what happens if you are underage and receive a DUI? Let’s find out. Juvenile Justice   If…

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The Top Five Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer During the Initial Consultation

Whether it is contested or uncontested, a divorce is an emotionally draining and mentally exhausting procedure.  It brings up past emotions of a relationship gone wrong. It also introduces a wide range of questions and confusion about the divorce process itself.  A divorce lawyer is an experienced professional who works with you to help you through the process.  Choosing the correct lawyer is pertinent to having a smooth divorce process.  While your first consultation can be overwhelming, the questions you ask will determine how well you will be able to work with your lawyer. The following questions will help…

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New Impaired Driving Laws in Alberta

Effective April 9, 2018, the Alberta impaired law has changed. Under the new legislation, officers will be given wider discretion on whether or not to criminally charge those who blow over the legal limit of .08. For the most part, new offenders will see a license suspension rather than face criminal charges. These changes follow an Alberta Court of Appeal decision back in May that struck down the existing DUI laws. The province found that tying a license suspension to the outcome on the court case was unconstitutional, allowing the Officers to be both judge and jury on the roadside….

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Do I Need a Sperm Donor Agreement?

There are many reasons these days why people seek alternate methods of conceiving a child. Sperm donation and artificial insemination are popular among many lesbian or gay couples, single women and even heterosexual couples. But when it comes to parents, children and relationships, a lot of significant issues must be considered. Many people do not want to use anonymous sperm from a sperm bank; they prefer to choose someone known to them. This makes things a bit more complicated so yes, you do need a sperm donor agreement. Why do I need a sperm donor agreement? A sperm donor agreement…

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Five Tips for Negotiating Child Custody

When you have run out of options and are faced with separating your family, it is almost guaranteed that there will be tension. How do you overcome that tension? We share our top tips. A separation or divorce is a difficult process and an emotional time for everybody. This ordeal becomes even more complicated when children are involved. In addition to monitoring their emotional health, you also need to deal with their long-term care and expenses.  Child custody is rarely agreed on by both parties, and very often results in hard feelings, feelings of loss and financial strain when not…

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Should Your Ex Pay You Spousal Support? The Answer May Surprise You

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Are you going through a divorce? Here is what you need to know about spousal support. Divorce is difficult on many levels: emotionally, mentally and financially. Divorce can result in a great deal of financial uncertainty, and leave both parties with questions about legal fees, child support, and spousal support. Spousal support can be especially difficult because there are so many variables that determine whether it’s necessary, who pays it and how much. If you’re wondering what your spousal support situation may look like, here are a few factors that will affect the court’s decision. Where You Live In Canada,…

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5 Things to Expect During the Divorce Process

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Even at the best of times, divorces are highly painful and stressful experiences. Here are five things you can expect during the start of the process.   It Won’t Be Easy   Whether the split with your partner was relatively amicable, all divorces come with some degree of stress, whether it be emotional, psychological or even financial – or a combination of all three. Divorce is difficult at the best of times, so prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of emotional highs and lows. Surround yourself with good friends, and try to keep yourself busy so that you can…

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How to Be Sure Your Evidence Won’t be Ruled as “Hearsay”

Here’s how you can be sure the evidence you give will be admissible in court.   The unfortunate truth about our world today is that, a lot of the time, our ability to seek justice only comes down to our ability to make a solid case for ourselves. It is a lot more complicated than merely distinguishing right from wrong. Making a strong case for ourselves relies on one key ingredient: evidence. We can’t get very far in court without it. But how can you be sure that the evidence you are gathering and presenting is good evidence that will…

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What to Do if You’ve Been Charged with Distracted Driving

With more and more people using cell phones on a regular basis and the rise of a “continuously connected” society, distracted driving has become a more prevalent issue. In Alberta, distracted driving can result in a fine of $250.00 or more, and at least three demerits being deducted. Depending on the severity of danger involved, your charge could be increased to “careless driving” – a substantial offense. When most of us hear the term “distracted driving,” we automatically think of texting, since many awareness campaigns and marketing efforts have emphasized the danger of this activity while driving. But texting is…

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Impaired Driving Facts

Impaired driving is not a cut and dry offence. The Criminal Code of Canada outlines in detail what the term “impaired driving” means and what the offence entails. Section 253 of the Criminal Code describes two distinct but related offences. The offence of “impaired driving” prohibits the operation or care and control of a vehicle while the person’s ability to operate it is impaired by drug or alcohol. The offence of “over 80” prohibits the operation or care and control of a vehicle while the person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over 80mg per 100mL of blood. Section 254(5) of…

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