Posted on Apr 30 2014

Punjabi Man in Suit SmilingUnderstanding the legal system in Vancouver is hard enough, even if you’re a fluent or native English speaker. But if English is a second language, the law can be not only confusing but almost completely unintelligible. Many people who speak Punjabi and need a lawyer decide to work with a lawyer who is also fluent in Punjabi. The difference can be significant, as the clearer communication allowed by a fluent Punjabi speaking lawyer may mean a better outcome in the legal case at hand. If you are looking for a lawyer and would prefer to speak Punjabi in order to better explain the situation, talk to a lawyer who speaks Punjabi, too.

Cultural and Legal Languages

Any legal situation will probably be frustrating and confusing at times. It’s normal for people, even those who are familiar with the normal workings of Surrey or Vancouver laws, to be overwhelmed when they’re confronted with legal language. A word that has a normal meaning can have an altogether different meaning when used in a legal context. It’s easy to imagine how using those words when they’re not even your primary language will be additionally frustrating and confusing.

There are also cultural considerations which may be impossible to understand if you don’t have a lawyer who is fluent in English and Punjabi, and who is familiar with the cultural similarities and differences between people who have lived in Vancouver or Surrey their whole lives or who have arrived more recently.

Being Able to Explain

There is also a lot to be said for being able to explain the situation in your primary language. If you want to truly tell a story with the details that are important, you may need to do so in Punjabi. If your lawyer speaks Punjabi, you’ll be able to do just that.

Contact Dil Gosal if you need help with a DUI or criminal legal case in Surrey or the greater Vancouver area and want to speak to your lawyer in Punjabi.

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Posted on Mar 4 2014

Painting Without Mask - False BACThe BAC DataMaster is a breathalyzer machine used to determine Blood Alcohol Content. These machines are used by law enforcement during traffic stops to determine if you are over the legal limit.

The DataMaster uses an infrared light to analyze the amount of alcohol in someone’s breath. Alcohol absorbs infrared light, so the machine can determine how much alcohol a person has in their system by analyzing how much of the light is missing. In order to do this, the light goes all the way through the machine and down to a detector. Then the DataMaster provides a reading.

While this might seem like a good system for determining if someone has had too much alcohol, it can actually generate false positive readings. Certain factors increase the chances of having a false positive reading.

• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) causes gas from the stomach to fill the mouth. When someone with GERD breathes into a DataMaster, the machine analyzes stomach gas as if it was alcohol. This can cause the reading to be higher than it should be.

• People who have been exposed to paint removers, gasoline, and some cleaning fluids are also more likely to have false positive results when they breathe into a BAC DataMaster. The chemicals in those items can cause the DataMaster to think the person has consumed a large amount of alcohol, even if they have not had a single drink. Wearing a mask when working with these items reduces the chance of a false positive reading.

• Having a drink right before being tested can cause the reading to be much higher than it should be. Because of that, people should avoid having a drink on their way out the door, even if it’s the only drink you’ve had all night and your blood alcohol level is very low.

Because the BAC DataMaster is not always accurate, sometimes innocent people get charged with drunk driving. Innocent people can fight the charges by hiring a DUI lawyer and going to court to contest their drunk driving charges.

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