How Much Does a Blow Box Cost in Alberta? [Ignition Interlock Program]

Brian McGlashan is an Edmonton Impaired Driving Lawyer providing advice for impaired driving charges in Edmonton. We do not offer Ignition Interlock or “blowbox” devices.  Have you been charged with Impaired Driving in Alberta or do you know someone who has? Both Impaired Driving charges and convictions can result in very serious consequences. If you’ve been charged contact our team at McGlashan & Company to get the information you need or visit our Impaired Driving page. What is the Ignition Interlock Program? While there is no hard and fast rule for all cases, charges or convictions when it comes…

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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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What is Self-Defence?

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Self-defence is defined as a way of defending your own well-being, body and health from harm. It seems clear enough, however issues and problems arise when self-defence is used as legal justification for the use of force, deadly or otherwise. At times, it is accepted as a legal defence, but there are more issues to be considered. The Criminal Code says that Canadians only have the right to defend their property by making a peaceful citizen’s arrest. If force is used, then there will be a trial based on the situation and the human understanding of the juries. What makes…

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10 Tips for Choosing the Right Executor for Your Will

Choosing the right executor for your will is an important decision—especially since it really isn’t about protecting you anymore; it’s about protecting your family and your legacy. You’ve worked hard for the opportunity to be able to help your loved ones or leave a legacy of philanthropy; don’t let the wrong person taint that effort after you are gone. Here are 10 tips that will help you select the right person to be the executor of your will. 1) Family is usually the first choice. Why? Because they won’t ask to be paid and they have your best interests (now…

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Police as Drug Recognition Experts

Police as Drug Recognition Experts – What Could Go Wrong? Driving while impaired is a dangerous activity to take part in, and costs thousands of lives every year. While most DUI (driving under the influence) incidents are alcohol related, over the last few decades there has been a steady increase of cases involving drugs. To combat the increasing DUI’s related to drugs, the Canadian government recently announced the investment of $161 million for training frontline officers in detecting drug-impairment in drivers, $81 million of which provinces will have immediate access to over the next five years for training and building…

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hit and Runs

If you’ve been involved in a hit and run, there are some basic things that you’ll need to know—whether you’re the one who’s been hit or you’re the one who fled the scene. 1) What is a hit and run? A hit and run describes an accident where the driver of a vehicle – who has been involved in a collision, either with another vehicle, someone’s property, a human being, or even an animal –  leaves the scene without leaving the proper information with the injured party or the authorities. 2) What kind of information do you need to leave…

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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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Caught Driving Impaired? A DUI Attorney CAN Save You Money!

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Sometimes you make mistakes, and impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI) is an error in judgement that can affect your life for years. In Canada, drinking and driving is not explicitly illegal, however driving while impaired, or driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above .05 will result in immediate consequences, and more severe penalties or criminal charges above a .08 BAC. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, hiring an attorney specializing in impaired driving and DUI cases can help you save money by reducing your charges. Drinking and Driving and the Law…

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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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