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A criminal record can haunt you decades after an offence

You were convicted for a crime years ago and have a criminal record. Even though you might have made your reparations, your struggles could be just beginning. Acumen Lawyer Paul Doroshenko lays out the ways a criminal record can have far-reaching, longterm consequences. While we cannot account for all the ways a criminal record can impact your life, Paul runs down a list of some of the most harmful ways a criminal record can continue to hassle you years after the offence.

Duration: 00:11:57

Third Constitutional Challenge to BC's Immediate Roadside Prohibitions

Acumen lawyer Sacha Roudette explains why we're once again challenging British Columbia's Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) impaired driving administrative penalty system. IRPs allow police officers to immediately take away a driver's rights based on the results of breath tests at the roadside. Unlike a criminal drunk driving charge, the driver does not have a full opportunity to defend themselves against the allegations in court, and the burden of proof an officer is required to have...

Duration: 00:10:00

How Personal Injury and Child Support Are Litigated in British Columbia

Acumen Law's Kyla Lee talks to lawyer Chris Carta from Trial Lawyers Advocacy Group about what child support matters get litigated in B.C., and poses a legal conundrum around how far you can push responsibility in personal injury cases. You can follow Kyla Lee on twitter at For more Chris Carta, follow on Twitter at

Duration: 00:44:00

Sex Work is Real Work: Fixing Canada's Prostitution Laws

Acumen lawyer Sarah Leamon hosts a discussion with a Vancouver sex worker and a community educator from PACE Society, a non-profit, sex-worker-led support network for people in the profession. For more Sarah Leamon, follow her on Twitter at You can also find PACE Society's Twitter page here:

Duration: 00:18:24

Bill C-64 Lets Cops Back Extrapolate To Charge You For Drunk Driving

New Canadian drunk driving laws let cops charge drivers for impaired driving even if their breathalyzer results are below the legal limit. Acumen lawyer Paul Doroshenko explains how this legislation can be a nightmare for drivers. For more Paul Doroshenko, follow him on Twitter at

Duration: 00:09:26

Acumen Law Advises Canadian Parliament on Bill C-51

Lawyers Kyla Lee and Sarah Leamon were asked to advise the House of Commons on Bill C-51, a set of proposed legislation that makes significant changes to how sexual assaults will be prosecuted in Canada. For more Sarah Leamon and Kyla Lee, follow them on Twitter! The unedited audio is reproduced according to the guidelines of the Speakers Permission, which you can find below:

Duration: 01:14:43

Caught Driving While Prohibited or Suspended?

Lawyer Sarah Leamon gives the lowdown on why Driving While Prohibited is one of the most serious offences in BC's Motor Vehicle Act. Often, many of those who were driving while prohibited or suspended did not actually know they were not allowed to drive. We'll tell you how to avoid those pitfalls. For more Sarah Leamon, follow her on Twitter!

Duration: 00:14:15

Paul's Warning to Parliament on Changing Drunk Driving Law

Acumen Lawyer Paul Doroshenko has seen it before. The last time Canada introduced new drinking driving laws, the new set of rules created so many delays for court that numerous cases were thrown out entirely. All signs suggest even more serious court delays are about to hit the Canadian judicial system. For more Paul Doroshenko, follow him on Twitter at

Duration: 00:14:33

Acumen Law Corporation advises MPs on Bill C-46

Acumen Law Corporation was invited to present to the Canadian Parliament's Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to provide advice to Members of Parliament currently wrangling with new roadside alcohol and drug screening legislation. Time markers are below. Partial transcription available on 11:10 - Sarah Leamon opening statement 16:18 - Kyla Lee opening statement 21:46 - Question from St. Albert - Edmonton MP Michael Cooper 22:47 - Leamon responds to Cooper...

Duration: 00:56:00

Canada's new DUI laws will cost taxpayers millions

Lawyer Paul Doroshenko explains how sweeping changes coming to Canada's drunk driving laws will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and years in litigation. The legislative changes will profoundly affect the rights of Canadian drivers and will be undoubtedly challenged dozens, if not hundreds of times in the courts. Like what we do? Follow us on Twitter at or visit one of our websites at or

Duration: 00:15:30

Drug Impaired Driving: Chill Out Dude (The Censored Presentation)

Here it is. The presentation BC Government didn't want you to hear. Back in March, we attempted to educate a group of lawyers on the challenges of prosecuting drug-impaired driving. Unfortunately, BC Government wanted to censor this information from the public. We thought some of this information is pretty relevant, though, and have reproduced it for you here. 03:05 - Standard Field Sobriety Tests 05:24 - Bodily Fluid Tests 07:16 - Who Gets Arrested for Drug Impaired Driving? 08:23 -...

Duration: 00:48:08

The Presentation BC Government Didn't Want You to Hear

Earlier this year, lawyers at Acumen Law Corporation were asked to offer their expertise on the topic of legalizing marijuana, and what that would mean for the challenges of policing. What Acumen's lawyers didn't know was that BC Government would insist on removing Acumen's expertise from the published materials. More information at: Follow us on Twitter!

Duration: 00:06:54

How to claim wildfire insurance in British Columbia

Acumen Law Corporation lawyer Roy Ho discusses how to claim for wildfire insurance to cover your losses after devastating wildfires tear through much of British Columbia's interior in 2017. More information at Follow us on Twitter!

Duration: 00:11:44