Drug convictions result in severe penalties under criminal law

Most everyone will agree that the drug trade creates problems in neighbourhoods. Where drugs are trafficked, other offences, including violent crimes, tend to rise. Because of this, police across Alberta and other provinces are zealously focusing on reducing drug crimes by targeting those whom they suspect are involved in the trade of illegal substances. After an arrest for drug offences, defendants may face a complex criminal law process.

Criminal law investigation leads to 3 arrests

Alberta police have a mission to put a stop to drug trafficking and the crime that often follows it. To this end, they have formed an agency called Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, which unites police from surrounding units, including Edmonton police and RCMP. Investigations into organized crime and other matters of criminal law may take weeks or longer, and police may focus on subjects until they have cause to apprehend a suspect. A recent ALERT investigation resulted in three arrests.

Citizen tips help RCMP in criminal law investigations

Law enforcement relies on the public to provide information to help them solve crimes. This may be especially true in more rural areas where frequent police patrol is not always possible. However, while it is beneficial when citizens play a role in preventing criminal activity and bringing offenders to justice, those accused of crimes should know that eyewitness accounts and descriptions are not always reliable in a court of criminal law.

Criminal Offences: Indictable Versus Summary

The Criminal Code of Canada may be confusing to those who have little or no experience with the justice system. If you have been charged with a crime, the consequences you face are largely tied with the way your offence will be heard by the courts. It can proceed as a summary conviction offence, an indictable offence, or a combination of the two, known as a hybrid offence.

What Is A Record Suspension?

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may wonder if you can erase any record of the conviction after you have completed the sentence. The short answer is no, you cannot erase the conviction from your permanent record. However, you can have it removed from certain databases. This process is known as a record suspension.