Second Offense For Impaired Driving in Alberta
Under Bill 26, penalties for repeat offenders carry far more drastic consequences. For example, some of the penalties include license suspension, vehicle seizure, and remedial programming. The scale in which the penalties are given is dependent on your BAC (blood alcohol content), whether it be .05, between .05 and .08, .08, or over .08.
Blood Alcohol Levels Between .05 and .08
and Blood Alcohol Levels over .08 – Second Offense
Just like a first time impaired driving offense, towing and impound charges are not a part of the penalties given in a drunk driving charge. However, these fees still need to be paid by the accused along with the fees for the mandatory remedial program. For blood alcohol levels between .05 and .08 the penalties associated are:
- 15-day license suspension
- 7-day vehicle seizure
- Mandatory “Planning Ahead” course.
With potential life changing effects, like the inability to drive for a year, for a second DUI offense with a BAC over .08, the penalties are much greater:
- Sustained license suspension until criminal charges are resolved
- 7-day vehicle seizure
- 3-year mandatory ignition interlock, depending on circumstances, upon a conviction.
Refusing The Breathalyzer In Alberta
Choosing to refuse a breath sample is up to you; however, upon refusal, you will be automatically charged with impaired driving under the Criminal Code. In doing so, you will have to go to court to defend your charge.
The screening devices that can be used to determine your toxicity levels are breathalyzers, intoxilyzers, and datamasters. Now, because of strict rules (e.g. Bill 26) and procedures in which the police must follow, there is no room for error, however, they can have technical glitches where the instrument is not working properly. This allows for our drunk driving defence team to scrutinize the very evidence being used against you and raise arguments that can help your defence. Call our law office in Calgary, Alberta, at 1-403-775-4677 today to begin your driving and driving defence.
2nd Conviction For An Impaired Driving Offense
When you are convicted of a second offense, not only can you lose you license for a minimum 3-year period, you will also be facing jail time if your first offense has been within 5 years. Since this can be detrimental to your everyday life, it is imperative you consult our drunk driving lawyer, Greg Dunn, immediately at 1-403-775-4677.
You Can’t Afford To Lose Your License
Impaired convictions, DUI accidents, as well as drinking and driving accidents all have adverse effects on your daily life. When you lose your license or have your driving privileges suspended, you are going to have to look for other ways to get to work, pick up your children, or even visit family and friends. Here is a list of some of the consequences related to drunk driving convictions:
- DUI car insurance increases
- Termination of employment and career issues
- Immigration status issues
- A permanent criminal record
- Mandatory treatment programs, DUI classes
- Loss of license
- Inhibited ability to work or care for children
Seek Counsel With Our DUI Lawyer, Greg Dunn, To Protect Your Future
A second offence for drinking and driving can feel as though your life has been derailed. Contact Greg Dunn, a skilled, thorough DUI lawyer who can help get you back on your feet and set you on the right track. Call our law office in Calgary, Alberta, today: 1-403-775-4677.