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Kyla Lee Interviewed on NL Local News First: Thousands of 24 hour driving prohibitions may now be overturned

The BC Supreme Court has ruled today that police officers can only issue 24 hour drug impaired driving prohibitions at the roadside and nowhere else. “It has the potential to have 24 hour prohibitions removed from thousands of people’s driving record.” Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee says it all stems from a ruling today. “Today the BC Supreme Court ruled that police officers cannot issue 24 hour prohibitions for drugs to drivers at police stations or anywhere that is not right at the roadside when they are dealing with them. This has the potential to impact thousands of cases that have already been issued...

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Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC: ‘Our 4/20 gift’: B.C. lawyers claim victory in fight over 24-hour driving prohibitions

Kyla Lee and Paul Doroshenko on Global News BC

A B.C. law firm is claiming victory in a battle over the power of police to hand out 24-hour driving prohibitions to impaired drivers. A decision rendered in B.C. Supreme Court “essentially limits the authority of police to issue them to only at the roadside,” Acumen Law lawyer Kyla Lee, who argued the case, told CKNW’s The Lynda Steele Show. B.C.’s Motor Vehicle Act empowers police to hand out the 24-hour roadside suspensions to drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers. However, Lee argued that police have been frequently handing them out, illegally, elsewhere — either at the police department, in a hospital or at another location. To...

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Kyla Lee on BC Almanac: 4:20 and a look ahead to legal recreational marijuana

Kyla Lee on CBC's BC Almanac

Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee on 4:20 and legal recreational marijuana. Kyla Lee was on CBC's BC Almanac to discuss her victory in a BC Supreme Court appeal that effectively renders all 24-hour driving prohibitions for suspected drug-impaired driving issued not at the roadside illegal. She said the ruling was going to have a "very significant impact". "Historically what we have seen," Ms Lee said. "Is police officers detaining somebody at the roadside, conducting an investigation and forming their grounds to believe that they have a  drug in their system and then taking them to the police detachment for further evidential drug testing and then serve...

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Kyla Lee interviewed about rainbow parking lot on Global News

A parking lot could end up a paradise for a group of LGBTQ students and allies in Merritt, after city council rejected their proposal for a rainbow crosswalk. Students at Merritt Secondary School had planned the crosswalk for the intersection of Chapman Street and Coldwater Avenue, and would have installed it at no cost to the city. ?Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday against the proposal. The crosswalk was rejected, in part, because it could “open kind of a Pandora’s box” for any group that wanted a special crosswalk of their own, said Mayor Neil Menard. Councillors had also expressed concern about the coloured paint...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by Global News on Empty Homes Tax

The Unfair Vancouver Vacant Homes Tax Coalition describes its purpose in the name. The group is calling on the city to do something as the Feb. 2 deadline for the empty home tax declaration approaches. Rainer Borkenhagen says the group is made of members that are mostly retired and live across the country, but still own homes in Vancouver. Borkenhagen himself lives in Gibsons, but owns a condo in Vancouver. ...

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Kyla Lee interviewed by CBC Vancouver at 6

Aldo Trinetti is a 50-year-old man who was charged with impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and refusing to provide a breath sample. Last fall, Trinetti pleaded guilty but did not admit to consuming alcohol as a contributing factor. He received a nine-month jail sentence. Kyla Lee was interviewed by CBC Vancouver at 6 for the story. "The reason you often see lesser sentences like this is because there isn't that piece of evidence to link somebody to being impaired by alcohol. there’s that missing gap," she told CBC news. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1147209283548...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News

Marijuana vendors who return to set up shop at an illegal pot market in downtown Vancouver may be putting themselves at more risk than they think. Criminal lawyer Kyla Lee said that when people are arrested, they’re usually released on a promise to appear in court, as long as they don’t have more run-ins with the law. But she said that marijuana vendors risk losing a shot at bail if they continue to rack up charges. “They wait in jail until their trial date, or until they plead guilty, and the problem with circumstances where you don’t have bail is that it becomes...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News at 6: former RCMP inspector found not guilty of sex assault

Former RCMP Insp. Tim shields has been found not guilty of sexual assault teh charges in connection with an incident involving a civilian employee. That a sexual encounter occurred was acknowledged. The issue was whether it was consensual. She said it wasn’t shields said it was. Kyla Lee was interviewed by Global New’s Geoff Hastings: “This wasn’t a case of mistaken belief in consent. This was a case in which the judge found it was not proven beyond a reasonable doubt tat there was no consent.” As for the decision causing a chill for sexual assault victims thinking about coming forward. The recent words...

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Kyla Lee on 610AM: Provincial Crackdown on Street Racing and Stunt Driving Misleading

As the provincial government casts itself as getting tough on street racers and stunt drivers one lawyer says what they are really doing is covering their legal butt. Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee says accused drivers are subject to a process they aren’t even aware exists and don’t take part in, where a police officer’s word is god, and zero records are kept. “There is nothing for the Supreme Court to review. Every time I have challenged one of these 15 day prohibitions in court the government has conceded the appeal and it has been removed from my clients record because they have...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on CBC The Early Edition

Starting next July Canada’s marijuana market will be very different indeed. The province answered a few of the questions around selling recreational pot on Dec. 5, including where it will be sold and to whom. But one remaining question is how to keep the roads safe and drivers sober? Acumen lawyer Kyla Lee answers this question in her interview on CBC:   CBC: How concerned are you about an increase of impaired driving once recreational marijuana is made legal Kyla: I’m not. I don’t think that recreational marijuana is going to do anything to increase the number of people on the roads driving while...

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