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Kevin Filkow chairs annual Criminal Law Conference for Trial Lawyers of BC

I am pleased to chair this year’s Criminal Law conference for the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. I was also chairperson in 2011 and 2012. They were excellent and instructive conferences. The audience and speakers included judges, media, journalists, defense counsel and crown prosecutors.

The theme of the 2014 conference is Criminal Law at a Crossroads: New Practice Strategies. Topics that will be covered include civil forfeiture proceedings and charter violations; police-issued process and warrants; expert evidence in drug cases; bail reviews; video testimony; recanting witnesses; pre-trial credit, victim fine surcharges; mandatory minimums; bail reviews; new issues in drinking and driving laws and pardons.

This year’s conference will be held at the Vancouver Hyatt on September 19th, 2014. I look forward to it once again.

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Filkow Law Opens A New Kelowna Office

We are proud to announce the opening of our new Filkow Law Kelowna location. Our new criminal law office is located in the heart of downtown Kelowna at 1638 Pandosy Street in suite #20.

There is ample street parking and the Chapman parkade is half a block away.

Contact us at our Kelowna criminal law office: (250) 860-2744.

Mailing and physical address: 1638 Pandosy Street #20, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P8

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Kevin Filkow presents leading seminar on drinking and driving laws and IRPs, 2015

BC Police forces have begun using the new Alco-Sensor FST for use in Immediate Roadside Prohibitions.  This new breathalyzer has several important differences over the previously used versions.  The new version has been designed to attempt to limit the amount of user-errors by the police that were being observed and leading to unreliable results.

First, the device is programmed to not accept a sample if it is expired.  It is also programmed to not accept a sample if it is outside of the now-expanded temperature range.

Secondly, the device has a completely different set of messages that are possible compared to the old devices.

This will likely eliminate many of the factors that would historically lead to unreliable test results with previous devices, but there are still some factors that can indicate whether an FST reading is reliable or not.

If you have received an Immediate Roadside Prohibition, it is very important to have an experienced lawyer review your case and get proper legal advice as to whether your test results can be relied upon.

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Police Roll Out New Breathalyzers

 

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BC Police forces have begun using the new Alco-Sensor FST for use in Immediate Roadside Prohibitions.  This new breathalyzer has several important differences over the previously used versions.  The new version has been designed to attempt to limit the amount of user-errors by the police that were being observed and leading to unreliable results.

First, the device is programmed to not accept a sample if it is expired.  It is also programmed to not accept a sample if it is outside of the now-expanded temperature range.

Secondly, the device has a completely different set of messages that are possible compared to the old devices.

This will likely eliminate many of the factors that would historically lead to unreliable test results with previous devices, but there are still some factors that can indicate whether an FST reading is reliable or not.

If you have received an Immediate Roadside Prohibition, it is very important to have an experienced lawyer review your case and get proper legal advice as to whether your test results can be relied upon.

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The Unsettling Unfairness of the IRP Regime

The Immediate Roadside Prohibition regime became effective September 20, 2010. The police, not without their own failings, would determine the fate of any individual pulled over, or otherwise detained, to blow into a roadside screening device. Police officers’ reports of what took place at a roadside stop would fundamentally serve as the basis for implementing these penalties under the new regime. Now, three years after the regime was implemented, thousands of drivers have been subjected to the serious penalties mandated by the IRP scheme, and drivers, who formerly would have been dealt with under the criminal system, and many others besides, are now being subject to IRPs instead.

See Kevin Filkow’s full paper on BC’s IRP drinking and driving laws.

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