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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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New Rules About Street Racing Misleading Says Lawyer — CKNW AM980

The prohibitions for street racing and stunt driving in BC have been significantly extended in an effort to combat these driving offences. At first blush, it looks like the penalties are a step in the right direction, but Vancouver lawyer Kyla Lee has some concerns.   CKNW: You wrote about this on your blog and raised many points of issues you have with this ...

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New tougher penalties for street racers slammed by local lawyer

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – As of December 1st tougher penalties will be imposed on dangerous drivers in BC and a local attorney says the existing system is bad but claims the incoming changes are worse. Earlier this week the provincial government announced it was cracking down on dangerous drivers which could see those caught street racing lose their driving privileges for up to three years and not just a few days. ? The new rules replace the existing 15-day penalty for street racing or stunt driving with much longer penalties, which would be determined by Road Safety BC on a case-by-case basis. Most driving...

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Ponzi scheme impacts church congregation

Scores of B.C. investors – many of them from the same church – have lost millions in an apparent Ponzi scheme. The woman they hold responsible still attends that church and as Grace Ke reports, this case is a real warning to others who may be promised unusually large returns on their investments. Grace Ke reports. ? Watch the full interview with Kyla Lee on Global News: ...

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Kyla Lee interviewed on Global News Hour at 6

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Human remains of an 18-year-old teen girl were found on the Salmon Arm, BC farm where Curtis Sagmoen lives. Sagmoen, a 37-year-old, has been charged in connection with an alleged threat towards a sex worker using a firearm. Whether any connection between the charges Sagmoen is currently facing, and the human remains of teen Traci Genereaux remains to be seen. Global News interviewed Kyla Lee on what this means for Sagmoen, who has not been charged with any crime in connection with Genereaux's remains. Kyla Lee: "If it's just these charges that they end up pursuing they can't establish enough of a connection Ms....

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Kyla Lee interviewed by CBC News Vancouver at 6

A photograph uploaded by Vancouver police showing a driver apparently using two electronic devices behind the wheel is making headlines around the world. The reason? While the driver was being a bit absurd by tying the devices with what appears to be string to his steering wheel, the driver didn't actually break BC's distracted driving laws. As a result, police decided not to ticket the driver with using electronic devices behind the wheel. Instead, the driver received a lesser ticket, $81, for failing to produce a driver's licence. The reason the driver was not given a distracted driving ticket is because of how the...

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Is the B.C. government’s crackdown a distracted-driving cash grab?

The B.C. government’s latest crackdown on distracted driving should be good news for Kyla Lee, a Vancouver defence lawyer who specializes in fighting traffic tickets in court. That’s because every time the government’s hammer comes down, the calls to her law office go up. It’s happened every time the people in charge have ramped up penalties against drivers using their mobile phones behind the wheel. This time — with the fines and penalties scheduled to soar to $2,000 for a second offence — she’s expecting her own phone to ring off the hook. “Not a lot of people have $2,000 kicking around to...

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‘Unbelievable’: parents of slain cyclist outraged accused killer not criminally charged

Family members of a cyclist who was killed in Richmond last year are outraged after learning the driver who allegedly ran him down won’t face serious charges. “I was very confident that he would be criminally charged,” said Lianne Dean, whose son was six cyclists who were struck head-on while riding on River Road last November. Thirty-three-year-old Brad Dean died, while two other riders were seriously injured. Lianne Dean said investigators told her criminal charges were recommended to Crown. But Crown prosecutors charged Michael Wing Sing Fan — who was allegedly behind the wheel — with driving without care and attention, a non-criminal charge...

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Proposed legal limits for drug-using drivers likely to be challenged: criminal lawyer

The federal government released a draft of its planned legal limits for drivers under the influence of drugs, but criminal lawyer Kyla Lee has doubts about how well the legislation will hold up against constitutional challenges. “I don’t think this law as it’s currently drafted is going to look anything like what it looks like when the courts have whittled it away,” says Lee, who practises at Acumen Law Corp. in Vancouver. “There’s going to be so many challenges to this; it’s going to tie up the courts, it’s going to be expensive.” The Blood Drug Concentration Regulations, posted Oct. 14, come as...

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