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.

4 Things To Know About BC Impaired Driving Law This Holiday Season
For many, December is the month to enjoy the holidays and go to lots of parties with friends, family, and co-workers. Often alcoholic beverages are served at these holiday festivities. Here are four things to know about impaired driving in British Columbia this season.
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How Is Drug Trafficking Defined in Canada?
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Nov
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How Is Drug Trafficking Defined in Canada?
November 23rd, 2021 in Drug Crimes
Drug trafficking is a serious charge defined by federal law. Intent to sell or distribute is the important part that prosecutors look for. Also, different types drugs are classified differently, and charges and penalties vary with the type of drug.
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How Do Prior Convictions Affect Sentencing in BC Criminal Courts
There are many things that affect sentencing in British Columbia’s criminal court system. Judges have to base their sentencing decisions on guidelines set forth by the BC Criminal Code, statutory minimums and maximums and, also limitations set by Parliament and Supreme Court decisions.
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The 3 Main Categories of Criminal Offences
In Canada, if you are charged with a criminal offence, the crown counsel decides the type and category of offence that applies to you. There are three main categories of offences, and they each spell a slightly different court process and have different penalties.
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What Affects the Penalty for Drug Possession
There are many factors that influence the penalty for drug possession. Here, below, we are going to discuss some of the most common factors.
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Comparing Private, Public, and Self-Representation in Defence
If you are arrested and charged with a criminal offence, you have three choices. You can hire your own private criminal defence lawyer, you can have a lawyer assigned to you if you cannot afford to hire a private lawyer, or you can represent yourself.
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Violent Crime on the Lower Mainland
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Jun
2021
Violent Crime on the Lower Mainland
June 29th, 2021 in Violent Crimes
Whenever you examine crime statistics, you have to keep in mind that it takes time to put statistics together. What is published usually lags somewhat behind real time. We have access to the statistics for the violent crime rate in Vancouver for 2020, but not yet for 2021.
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What Is an NCR Defence in Canada
NCR stands for “not criminally responsible.” An NCR is a rarely used defence, one that is difficult to prove in court, and is unlikely to result in an accused walking away “Scott-free.” An NCR defence is what is known in lay language as an insanity defence.
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