Criminal breach of trust usually involves employee theft

A criminal breach of trust occurs when someone abuses a position of authority for self-benefit and against the interests of the person to whom they owe the duty of trust. This charge is most commonly laid where an employee steals from their employer.

Catalytic converter thefts in Alberta

The theft of catalytic converters is on the rise across Canada, and Alberta is no exception. In 2021, there were 4,797 reported catalytic converter thefts in Alberta with 2,647 in Edmonton.

Fraud in Alberta has moved online

You can be charged with fraud if police believe you committed an offence where a person or the public was defrauded of any property, money or valuable security or service.

Intimate partner violence in Alberta

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as any violent, threatening, dominating, coercive or controlling behaviour between past or present partners.

Police should not police themselves

Alberta needs a civilian board to oversee police forces in the province, so I am encouraged to see the province moving in that direction.

Now may be the time for an Alberta Provincial Police Service

If Alberta decides it should have a provincial police force instead of paying for services from the RCMP, now may be the ideal time to make that investment whiles surging oil demand and prices allow us to balance our budget.

What is the charge of mischief in relation to protests?

More than 100 people face charges related to the truckers’ protest in Ottawa. Those include mischief, obstructing police, disobeying a court order, assault, possessing a weapon and assaulting a police officer.

What Are My Defences Against a Child Pornography Charge?

Any visual or recorded material depicting someone under the age of 18 engaged in sexual activity or displaying their genitals is considered child pornography. The penalties vary depending on the charge and the circumstances, but upon conviction you will likely be facing jail time, not to mention the negative social stigma associated with the crime.

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, COVID or Not

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt court operations across Alberta, those accused of criminal charges are the most affected. I have clients who have seen their cases presumptively adjourned three or four times. That is simply not fair.

Jail Time Can Follow Theft and Fraud Offences

Thefts and frauds are two of the most common offences in Canada. Some people might not realize that the penalties for each crime increase substantially if the amount stolen or defrauded is more than $5,000.

What is White-Collar Crime in Alberta?

If you've been accused of what is known as a white-collar crime, it is important that you have experienced litigators at your side so you can avoid liability and protect your business reputation. 

Rebuild ASIRT to serve Albertans better

Susan Hughson's resignation as the head of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has sent ripples across the province's justice system. 

Rules Around Illegal Drug Production in Alberta

If you are convicted of manufacturing “hard drugs” such as heroin, you could be handed a life sentence. In contrast, those running illegal but large-scale marijuana grow operations may face two or three years in jail.

What Are My Defences Against Drug Charges

If you have been charged with a drug offence, you are not alone. Information from Calgary police show that in 2020, 365 possession charges were laid, along with 162 charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Don’t Use COVID As an Excuse to Limit Jury Pools

The health of jurors and other members of the court should always be a priority, but so should the desire to have an impartial jury pool from which to select those who will sit in judgment.

What are the Laws on Cannabis in Alberta? (Part 2)

Two years ago, Canadians were given the right to legally buy and grow their own marijuana plants, as long as they follow rules set down by federal, provincial and municipal governments under the Cannabis Act.

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