Criminal Code DUI charges are often one or both of (1) Driving while over the legal imit of 80 or (2) Driving while one’s ability is impaired by alcohol or a drug. Beyond the shock of a charge and the effects of the 90 day Adminstrative Driver’s Licence Suspension, the questions commonly faced are “What…

One of the areas that we are commonly asked about are “record checks” and “pardons”. This is an area fraught with misunderstanding not only what are “records” but what the consequences are of certain “record checks”. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has recently taken a comprehensive position on this point for good reason. Record Checks:…

Family vacation time out of Canada with children is often met with an uncomfortable feeling a day or two before departure and is usually around a passport or needing a renewed passport. Where a minor child is travelling with a separated parent or with another family or adult friends, an additional parental travel consent or…

The reality today is that rehabilitation programs have seen an explosion of people dealing with an addicition to more problematic drugs like crack cocaine, cocaine and oxycontin and well beyond traditional alcohol abuse. Trafficking in these drugs now attracts manadatory minimum jail sentences reflecting a serious effort to eliminate this drug trade. Beyond significant effects…

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