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Probe of Abbotsford police officers puts cases in jeopardy

Abbotsford Police have been riding dirty

B.C.’s police complaint commissioner has reviewed hundreds of Abbotsford police search warrants and found problems that could put at least 43 cases in jeopardy. Paul Doroshenko, a defence lawyer, said he has already written a letter to representatives of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, asking for information on which cases may have been impacted. “Public confidence and our ability to defend our clients and people’s ability to deal with this comes down to us knowing who the police officers are. If we should be putting something on hold, we need to know,” he said in an interview. Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/hundreds-of-warrants-reviewed-in-probe-of-abbotsford-police-officers/article23110691/...

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Accused Abbotsford police officers’ investigations could be re-opened

Paul Doroshenko seeks the truth

The massive investigation into corruption at the Abbotsford Police Department has cast a dark shadow on investigations done by the accused officers. Some lawyers, such as Paul Doroshenko, have already begun checking if any evidence that was used against his clients came from one of the search warrants that are now part of the investigation. "Right now I can tell you, not just myself, but other lawyers across the Lower Mainland that are dealing with cases from Abbotsford are probably looking very closely at the information police have reported in files they have outstanding, and probably cases that go back a few...

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G. Jack Harris and Justice

G. Jack Harris and Justice

Nearly a year ago, renowned Abbotsford criminal lawyer G. Jack Harris passed away. A number of things have had me thinking about G. Jack lately. Shortly after his death some of his clients came wandering into our office looking for someone to take over their case. Each had a binder or thick envelope in hand containing the particulars and a letter explaining that Mr. Harris had died, they would need to find a new lawyer and then there was a list of possible lawyers with me as the number 1 on the list.[pullquote]As lawyers we merely get to borrow the justice...

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Is that your Charter of Rights?

Americans know their rights

One thing about Americans is that most of them know they have a constitution that protects their rights. Americans know about their Miranda rights; essentially that they have a right to silence, they have a right to a lawyer and they have a right to demand that a lawyer be present in any police questioning. This makes for great television because the police questioning happens with the wily attorney right there in the interrogation room.[pullquote]If the police can just violate your Charter rights and not abide by your Charter rights how are you ever to come to the sense that you...

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Implications of using defective breathalyzers

The truth about defective breathalyzers

Right now the police in British Columbia are busily working to replace the Alco-Sensor IV Approved Screening Devices (roadside breathalyzers) with a new-to-them model. We take some credit for the move. We've identified catastrophic problems with the old Alco-Sensor IV DWF breathalyzers used in BC and they're hoping to replace them before the you-know-what hits the fan. We have evidence that supports our assertions that thousands of people have been wrongly given IRPs on the basis of ASDs with a design/manufacturing flaw. A significant number of the ASDs that were in use in the last 4.5 years in BC were...

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Vigilante Justice

Vigilante Justice

One thing we know as criminal lawyers defending DUI cases is that emotions can run high particularly where there is a death or an injury. Even some of the comments we receive on our Facebook page cause us concern about the attitude of some people toward drinking drivers. Blame MADD or the police. The vilification of people charged with DUI has reached a dangerous level. It is this type of emotion and public disgrace for these types of offences that can trigger vigilante justice. It is rare, often because most Canadians seem to have faith in the justice system, and that...

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Symptoms of Drunk Driving

symptoms of drunk driving

It’s hard to believe what the police rely on as symptoms of drunk driving. Of course some driving behaviour, such as weaving across lane lines, is an obvious indication that something may be wrong. Still, with increased regularity clients report to us that they were pulled over for driving too correctly. Should the police pull you over because you don’t have symptoms of drunk driving? We’ve noticed a significant increase in people contacting us after having been pulled over for specious reasons. Often what happens is the driver is stopped by the police, the officer purports to have seen some driving...

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DUI knowledge

DUI Knowledge is power

To monitor developments in impaired driving defence and to stay up on new DUI science, one thing we've found useful over the years is attending DUI lawyer conferences in the U.S. DUI law in the United States is significantly different from state to state, but the science and methods of breath and blood testing applied in one jurisdiction is often helpful in developing defences for us here in BC. Also DUI lawyers are typically a fun group. So it's worthwhile attending these conferences to acquire greater DUI knowledge.[pullquote]Do you want to know one of the secrets to our success? We hunt...

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