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.

Cannabis in Your Car

We’re a few months out from cannabis legalization, and I decided to go ahead and look at some of the statistics for why people have received cannabis related tickets in the last while. Statistics for Manitoba aren’t as widely available as I’d

The New Impaired Driving Laws, Part 2

To fully understand this post, it would be best if you read Part 1. You should also take the time to peruse some previous blog posts that go into more detail about the impaired driving changes, including changes to the level of

The New Impaired Driving Laws, Part 1

There are new impaired driving laws in Canada, the framework of which has been discussed on previous blog posts. In the next two blog posts, we’re going to try to take an impartial look at these laws by evaluating what proponents of

The Three Cannabis Markets

In Canada, there are three different markets in which you can procure cannabis. There’s the first market, which we might deem the white or legal market, the grey market, and the black market. To ensure that you are consuming cannabis safely and

What Happens When You Drive High

Marijuana is now legal in Canada, but driving high remains illegal. We’ve addressed some of the unpractical aspects of this in previous blog posts; THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, is hard to accurately measure, and the amount of THC in a

Impaired Driving Amendments to the Criminal Code

In 2018, the Criminal Code saw two important amendments that relate to impaired driving. The first part of the amendment came into force on June 21st, 2018, and it pertains mostly to drug-impaired driving, in light of the then pending legalization of

Impaired Driving Tests

Canada’s new impaired driving laws give police officers some extra leeway to pull over drivers and compel them to take a breath sample on an approved screening device (ASD). The legalization of cannabis has also led to the deployment of approved drug

Driving on CBD

It’s illegal to drive impaired. There’s obvious reasons for this; we want to reduce risk for everyone on the road, and an impaired driver can pose an enormous risk to themselves as well as to others. What exactly constitutes impairment is a

Purchasing Cannabis in Canada

  Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17th, but as with anything legal, there are a lot of stipulations as to how and where it can be used and purchased. We’ve gone over many of the stipulations in previous blog posts;

Driving High: Canada’s New Drug-Impaired Driving Laws

Cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17, 2018. Anytime something becomes legal, there is a framework created for its legal use; when you fall outside of this framework, the activity becomes illegal. We’ve covered a lot of the issues pertaining to

Cannabis Edibles: What You Need to Know

Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17th, but as with anything legal, there are stipulations around how it can be used and purchased. We’ve gone over many of the essentials of purchasing and using cannabis in our blog already; today, we’re

Cannabis and the Border

Cannabis was legalized in Canada on October 17th, 2018. Of course, legality isn’t so much a state as it is a framework; there’s a ton of stipulations that come with the legalization of anything, and cannabis is no exception. Since it was

Over-representation of Indigenous People in Canada’s Prisons

There is an enormous, systemic problem in the legal system today; the problem of over incarceration of Indigenous people. While Indigenous people for 5 percent of the Canadian population, they accounted for 27 percent of Canada’s prison population from 2016-2017. In Manitoba,

Pot Pardons in Canada

As of October 17, 2018, marijuana is legal in Canada. This is seen as a huge step forward by many Canadians who felt the harms that came with using the drug were about equivalent to the harms caused by alcohol or cigarette

The Basics of Canadian Law

Canada’s system of laws is integral to our national identity; the laws we create help shape the culture of our nation, balancing our notions of freedom and responsibility. Canada’s law-making philosophy is “Peace, Order and Good Governance”, which has come to be

All About Lie Detectors

You’ve heard of polygraph tests, often called lie detectors; the police hook you up to a machine, it monitors your blood pressure, respiration, pulse and other physical responses, and you’re asked a series of questions. Depending on how your physical responses change

What are My Rights When Police Stop Me?

Do I Need to Say Anything to the Police? You need to produce your identification, insurance and vehicle registration if requested by the police and comply with their demands for a saliva sample, sobriety test, and/ or a blood or urine sample.

Criminal Offences and Penalties for Driving While Impaired – Part 2

What are the Criminal Penalties for Impaired Driving? A hybrid offence means that the Crown can choose whether to make your charge summary of indictable. A summary offence usually carries lesser penalties than an indictable offence. Being convicted of the summary conviction

Canada’s Supreme Court

There’s a lot of contention in the United States right now over the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court; cries of partisanship are abound on both sides. The United States uses a very public process, Senate hearings, in order to