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What is Civil Forfeiture?

Civil forfeiture is when the government confiscates assets that are related to alleged unlawful activity. This could be property that has been purchased with the proceeds of crime, or instruments that have been used to facilitate crime. If you have received notice that your assets are going to be seized by the Civil Forfeiture Office, […]

Wiretaps

Although wiretaps can be used during criminal investigations, the police must get the necessary authorization first. If they fail to do so, any private communications that are intercepted cannot be used as evidence. If you have been wiretapped during the course of a criminal investigation, we can advise whether or not the police acted within […]

Search Warrants

There are strict rules regarding search warrants. If the police fail to comply with these, any evidence that has been gathered during an illegal search cannot be used to prosecute you. We can help you understand whether a search of your property, digital media or other premises was lawful. If not, we can make an […]

Criminal Appeals

If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, you might be able to pursue an appeal. You can appeal your conviction, your sentence, or both. As criminal defence lawyers, the team at Mickelson & Whysall can help you, regardless of whether you have been convicted of a summary offence or an indictable offence. There […]

Confidential Informants

If you have been charged with a criminal offence as a result of information provided by a confidential informant, we can explore the possible lines of defence open to you. If we discover that any evidence has been obtained unconstitutionally, we can apply to have this evidence excluded. Furthermore, it may be possible to have […]

NEW Mandatory Remedial Programs

Bill 15 – 2015: Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2015, came into force and effect on February 3, 2016 and has made significant changes to the Motor Vehicle Act with respect to the Remedial Programs. This legislation has eliminated the Remedial Reconsideration process. In British Columbia there are currently two Remedial Programs that drivers can be […]

Disputing Traffic Tickets

Early in my career, I got a ticket on my way to court for “use of electronic device while driving”. I instantly apologized to the officer and admitted to being on my phone. When I came back to the office, I told my colleague, Joel Whysall, about the ticket. His advice to me was to […]

Why did you get referred to the Remedial Programs?

A question that I get asked over and over again is whether someone will have to install an interlock device in their vehicle after getting a 90 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition. The short answer is: Possibly. The solution is: Hire an experienced lawyer. The Responsible Drivers Program and the Ignition Interlock are possible “Remedial Programs” […]