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.
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.
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.
Gun storage is an important part of firearm ownership. There are specific rules set out by the federal Firearms Act and parts of the Criminal Code of Canada. They are in place to keep people safe, and to prevent firearm access to children, minors or unauthorized adults.
You may have heard the phrase “you have the right to remain silent” on television. This statement is part of what is commonly known as Miranda rights, or your legal rights once you have been arrested or detained by police. Miranda rights only apply in the United States.
It’s every driver’s biggest fear. You’re behind the wheel, minding your own business, when all of a sudden flashing lights appear in your rear view mirror. Chances are you’re going to pull over, but do you know what your rights are?
As a youth, you may have heard different theories on the effects of consuming cannabis before driving. You may have heard it makes you a better driver, or makes you pay more attention to your surroundings, making you sharper and more aware. The truth is that there is no evidence to support any of these statements.
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.
Hot on the heels of the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the Canadian government has started a conversation about streamlining the pardon process for people convicted of simple possession of marijuana.
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.