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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.

Do I Need an Attorney at a DUI Hearing?

Going to court to defend yourself against a criminal charge is a daunting, intimidating prospect. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious, criminal charge, and Manitoba has some of the strictest impaired driving laws in the country. The mandatory minimum sentence

Can I Be Taken Into Custody After a Hearing?

You’ve been arrested, and charged with impaired driving. You are brought into jail and processed; most of the time, you’ll be released if the justice system does not believe you pose a flight risk; that is to say, they believe you will

Should I Get an Attorney if I have a Domestic Violence Charge?

One of the most intense, troubling and severe charges that can be levied against an individual is a domestic violence charge. These charges are taken extremely seriously in Manitoba; if a police officer suspects domestic violence, they are legally required to arrest

The Difference Between Criminal and Civil Cases

There are many different reasons you might be brought before a court; you may be in front of a judge as a defendant, or you may be a plaintiff pursuing property damages because your neighbor’s dog dug up your favorite plants. The

4 Myths About Marijuana And DUI

Below we list 4 myths about marijuana and DUI: Myth Number One: Legalizing Marijuana Encourages Teenager Use The most typical concern that surrounds marijuana legalization is its possible impact on teenagers. Many opponents claim that ending prohibition will serve as an endorsement

What Are the Different Types of Criminal Offences?

Even though there are several different types of crimes, criminal acts generally can be divided into these categories: financial crimes, statutory crimes, inchoate crimes, property crimes, and personal crimes. Personal Crimes These are those crimes which result in mental or physical harm

What is it Called When You Damage Someone’s Property?

Damaging someone else’s property is a serious offense that carries legal consequences. Many people want to know the potential penalty for their crime, but they aren’t sure where to turn. After all, what is it actually called when you damage someone’s property?

Does a DUI Conviction Count as A Criminal Offence?

There are two kinds of punishment that results from being convicted of a DUI (Driving under the Influence) charge. The first kind of punishment includes administrative and will result in license suspension. The second kind of punishment is under criminal law, as

Do I Need an Attorney at a DUI Hearing?

Charges related to driving under the influence always involve a hearing in criminal court. You may be wondering whether it is truly necessary for you to hire an attorney to assist with your upcoming court case. After all, the expense of hiring

Are DUI Checkpoints Illegal?

  Oftentimes, local law enforcement agencies will set up checkpoints alongside roads to detect drivers who are travelling under the influence of alcohol or drugs or who are travelling with alcohol in their system that is above the legal limit. It’s most

The Duty of Confidentiality

Trusting your attorney can be a difficult thing, particularly if they are someone that you have never met before. Most people are aware that their lawyer has some obligation to protect the information that they disclose through the attorney-client privilege, but is

Testing for Marijuana Impairment

When a police officer pulls someone over for suspected drunk driving, they can use a breathalyzer to determine someone’s level of impairment. This estimates a driver’s blood alcohol content based on the amount still on their breath. Many people mistakenly believe that

Controversial Stuff About Bill C-75

A lot of media coverage has been given to the newly released Bill C-75 that was written to help reduce the wait time in Canadian courts. At face value, this new bill promises to deliver a speedier trial that many people could

Impact of a Criminal Record

You thought that you already served the time for your latest crime, but you might not be done just yet. Having a criminal record will impact you for the rest of your life, no matter how you attempt to live your life


Do you wish that you could get your DUI off of your criminal record? Fortunately, driving under the influence is one of the most commonly pardoned crimes in the country. You can go back to living your life almost as if the

Ignition Interlock Program

Drunk driving can cause some serious consequences for your health and the safety of those around you. You should never be behind the wheel of a car once you have had something to drink. However, that doesn’t change the fact that many

License suspensions

  Not all of the negative effects of driving after consuming alcohol or drugs come from the Criminal Code. Most provinces allow for license suspensions in addition to criminal charges—or in some cases, even without criminal charges. What is a license suspension?

Sentencing – 253 and 254

Offences under Section 253 and Section 254 of the Criminal Code have stiff sentences. These are the offences of impaired driving, driving over 80, and failure to provide samples. All offences under these sections have the same minimum sentences: First offence: minimum

Roadside demands

Section 254 of the Criminal Code gives police the power to make certain demands if they reasonably suspect a person has alcohol or a drug in their body and has operated or had care or control of a motor vehicle within the

Driving “Over 80”

Section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code makes it an offence to operate or have care or control of a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 mL of blood (also called