Your First Offence for Impaired Driving?
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If you are charged with impaired driving, depending on your blood alcohol content, your penalties will be determined by whether you actually are a first time offender or a repeat offender. When you are pulled over and have been asked about alcohol, generally speaking, you will have to go through some hoops. The police will give you several tests to figure out if you have in fact been drinking and driving. One of the tests include the use of a machine such as breathalyzer, intoxilyzer, or datamaster.
First Offence: Blood Alcohol Levels Between
.05 and .08 and Blood Alcohol Levels over .08
Provincial laws in Alberta state the legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) is under the legal limit set out by the Federal Government of 50mg% and 80mg%. When you are caught drinking and driving with a BAC between .05 and .08, you are at risk of a 3-day suspension, 3-day vehicle seizure, as well as any additional costs accrued for towing and impounding, of which you will have to pay when you pick up your vehicle.
However, if you have been caught driving drunk with a blood alcohol content over .08, you are at risk of facing criminal charges. The penalties associated with such charges, once convicted, consist of the following:
- A minimum fine of $1000.
- You are also prohibited from driving for one (1) year.
- The license suspension may be reduced to three (3) months, if you are enrolled in Alberta’s ignition interlock program.
- If you are working, the victim fine surcharge is normally imposed in the amount of 15% of the fine.
Refusing to Blow? Breathalyzer Test is Always Given in Alberta
If you have been pulled over or stopped for suspicion of drunk driving or impaired driving, you are required to produce a breath sample. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, any individual who refuses or fails to produce a breath sample is charged and will face immediate license suspension.
There have been some instances where even after the best of attempts, individuals are not able to breath hard enough or have difficulty blowing sufficiently thus fail the test. In this case, the individual will still be charged with refusal, even though they had not intended to refuse the test.
If this is the case and you have been charged, you will need to defend yourself in court. Protect your rights; consult with Greg Dunn in Calgary, Alberta, to strategize your DWI defence – 1-403-775-4677.
Is Your License Suspended For 3 Months?
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In Alberta, an individual who has been charged with impaired driving, driving with a BAC over .08, or refuses to provide an adequate breath sample will be given a 3-month license suspension, which begins 21 days after your initial 24-hour suspension. Bill 26 states that the suspension will remain in effect until a court date has been set and the charges have been dealt with.
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Don’t Lose The Chance To Set Your Life Straight Again
If you have been charge with driving while under the influence, Greg Dunn can help get you back on the right track. A first offence DUI can cause unwanted stress and leave you breathless. Contact Greg Dunn at 1-403-775-4677 today to build your solid defence.