The Bloom Law Blog

Bloom Law will be publishing a regular blog to bring you some interesting criminal law topics for discussion. We will focus on British Columbian and Canadian law because that’s our area of specialty. Bloom Law is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Is There a Difference Between Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference?
Sexual assault and sexual interference are serious crimes. They have one major difference: the age of the victim. Here is a brief overview of the two crimes.
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What to Look for in a BC Criminal Defence Lawyer
In today’s blog, we will talk about what to look for when hiring a criminal defence lawyer in British Columbia.
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Decriminalization removes all criminal penalties for adults possessing small amounts of (some) illicit drugs meant for their own use.
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What Is “Refusal to Blow” in BC and How Is It Punishable?
Refusal to blow in BC refers to being asked by police to blow into alcohol detection device and refusing to do so. Here is a brief overview of the process.
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How to Ensure Your Rights Are Protected Upon Arrest in BC
If you are arrested in British Columbia, or anywhere in Canada, there are a number of federal laws that protect your rights. This article talks about what those rights are and how to ensure they are protected if you are arrested.
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The Stages of a Criminal Trial in British Columbia
The stages of a criminal trial in British Columbia are similar to stages in criminal trials across Canada. In today’s blog article, we will discuss what those stages are. 
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Changing Criminal Defence Lawyers in BC
Changing defence lawyers is usually possible if protocols are followed. Late into a trial, a judge may rule that it’s too late to change. Read more here.
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When Do you get bail money back in Canada
The simple answer to the question in the title is that bail money is returned in Canada as soon as your case is resolved—one way or another—provided that you have not breached any of the terms of your release (bail). Read more here.
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