If the Calgary government has charged you with DUI, don’t feel alone—the city’s rate of DUI arrests is more than 130 per 100,000. But don’t think you don’t face serious charges. You need a lawyer on your side who will offer you the best possible representation.

When a police officer suspects that your driving abilities are impaired by alcohol, he or she may pull your vehicle over and ask that you complete a field sobriety test, as well as a Breathalyzer or chemical testing. One condition of obtaining your driver’s licence is that you impliedly consent to undergo testing if a police officer asks that you do so.

Child endangerment is a very serious criminal offence, and a conviction can land you (or a family member) behind bars for a long time. Moreover, a child endangerment conviction on your record can have personal and financial consequences for you—especially when it comes to finding a job, finding an apartment, or seeing your family (including your children).

Murder is probably the most serious charge that a criminal defendant can face in Calgary, and a conviction can result in some of the most serious criminal penalties available. If the government has charged you with committing first or second-degree murder in Calgary, you need a strong legal defence and an experienced lawyer representing you.

Criminal battery—or assault causing bodily harm—is a serious offence in Calgary. Battery differs slightly from the crime of assault. While a battery involves an unlawful harmful or offensive touching, an assault occurs when a person creates a reasonable apprehension of imminent contact upon another.

The Criminal Code of Canada penalizes indecent exposure and other indecent acts in Calgary. A conviction for indecent exposure can result in fines and other serious penalties. It may also result in a criminal record, making it harder to find employment or a place to live in the future.

Fraud is a serious criminal offence that may result in an equally serious penalty upon conviction. The law defines fraud as depriving a person of his or her property through the use of dishonesty or deceit.

Calgary regulates marijuana (also known as cannabis) through a combination of laws at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. With this many hands in the pot, it can be difficult to pin down exactly what the rules and regulations are regarding marijuana in Calgary.

Even if this is your first time facing a DUI or impaired driving charge, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer representing you throughout your case. The potential penalties upon conviction can vary, depending in part upon your blood alcohol concentration at the time the officer stopped you.

Even if you fail a Breathalyzer test, it is still a good idea to get a lawyer to represent you during your criminal case. This is because, in some instances, there are serious flaws with the Breathalyzer machine and other testing equipment, resulting in a false reading.