Matt Gould Blog

As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, I understand the stress and impact that criminal charges can have on a person’s life. That’s why I provide effective legal representation to help my clients navigate the criminal justice system and protect their interests. Whether you’re facing a minor offense or more serious charges, it’s important to get informed and be proactive in your defense.

How Can You Contest A Blood Alcohol Test?

Let’s cut right to the chase. You want to contest the results of a blood alcohol test? Get a lawyer. One who specializes in DUI defence. The methods used to contest blood alcohol tests – and impaired driving charges in general –

Possession Laws In Manitoba – Everything You Need To Know

Cannabis is legal in Manitoba – that might lead some to think that possession of cannabis is legal in all circumstances. That’s not quite the case. There are many rules and regulations that limit who can possess cannabis, where it can be

Canadian Charter Rights On Police Trespassing

Do police officers have the authority to enter your home or backyard without permission, a warrant, or probable cause? In Canada, this is known as police trespassing, and it infringes on the rights that everyone is entitled to.  Before we get into

What Are The Responsibilities Of A Criminal Lawyer?

If you are charged with a crime you need a professional to protect you in your corner—that’s where a criminal lawyer comes in. They’ll apply the principles of the law to create defences for their clients and examine any evidence presented by

Understanding Entrapment In Canada

How far can undercover police officers go when trying to catch someone committing a crime? In Canada, laws surrounding entrapment are designed to protect defendants when law enforcers overstep their boundaries and end up coercing or influencing citizens into committing crimes. But

Categories Of Criminal Offences In Manitoba

Not all crimes are considered equal. In Canada, there are three main types of criminal offences: summary, indictable, and hybrid offences. Based on how one offence is distinguished from another, courts will follow a different set of rules and issue corresponding punishments.

Distracted Driving Laws & Penalties In Manitoba

If you receive an important message while you’re driving, what should you do? In Manitoba, the best call is to leave your phone alone. Even though smartphones are relatively new, the Canadian justice system has punishments for a common offence: distracted driving.

How To Know If You Need A Criminal Lawyer

Contrary to popular belief, hiring a criminal lawyer does not make you look guilty. Quite the opposite, in fact: it shows that you know your rights and are willing to fight for justice. Should you call a criminal lawyer whenever you’re dealing

Is It A Crime To Drink In Public?

You’re relaxing with a few friends in a public park on a glorious summer afternoon. Since everyone is of legal drinking age, you’ve brought a few coolers in your picnic basket. What’s the harm in cracking open a drink? In Manitoba, drinking

What Does “Crimes Against The Person” Mean?

Violent crimes carry with them some of the most serious punishments in Canada’s Criminal Code. According to Statistics Canada, crimes against the person are acts or threats of violence to another individual. These charges include behaviours like assault, sexual assault, homicide, attempted

Major vs. Minor Traffic Convictions

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of immense dread when your call is pulled over. You have to worry about whether you’re about to face a minor or major conviction for your actions. Some offences will count as demerits and increase your

What Are The Levels Of Court In Canada?

Not all cases are handled in the same court; in most of Canada, there is a tiered system to hear various types of trials. In all provinces and territories of Canada (except for one), there are three levels of court: the Supreme

The Police Are Asking For My DNA

Have you been approached by the police and asked for a DNA sample? There may be several reasons for this: they may want to determine whether or not you were present at a crime scene, rule you out as a suspect, or

When Can The Police Stop Me & Question Me?

Knowing your rights is the best way to protect yourself against unjust criminal charges. As a citizen, you may be wondering what you can do if a police officer begins to question you. Defend yourself against criminal prosecution –  know your options

Managing COVID-19 In The Canadian Correctional System

The pandemic poses unique challenges for those in Canadian prisons. In correctional facilities, it is nearly impossible to implement any sort of physical distancing – among both detainees and officers. Hand sanitizer, an important defence that is proven to kill viruses, is

5 Things To Do Following A Car Accident in Manitoba

Accidents happen, but being prepared is your best defence. Car collisions are stressful events – by preparing for one, you can ensure that if it happens, you’ll know exactly what to do. There are a few important steps that you should take

Controlled Drugs & Substances Act: Legislative History

Have you ever wondered how the current laws came to pass? Understanding the legislative history of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act can help you better understand what you risk by breaking the law. It also helps you acknowledge what activities and