All it can take is one extra glass of wine with dinner or one too many beers at the game and you can find yourself facing criminal charges for impaired driving, DUI or an “over 80” offense or you could be charged if you refuse to provide a breath sample to police. The consequences can be severe and last for years.
Alberta’s Impaired driving laws: SafeRoads Alberta
Police can now issue Immediate Roadside Sanctions (including fines, licence suspensions and vehicle seizures) for Impaired Driving offences without laying Criminal Charges.
On December 1, 2020, Alberta enacted new provincial laws for dealing with impaired drivers. In most cases, if you are charged with your first impaired driving offence, you will be charged under the new Provincial Administrative Penalties Act instead of the Criminal Code. However, depending on the circumstances of the charges, drivers may still be criminally charged in addition to the roadside sanction.
What do I do if I am issued an Immediate Roadside Sanction?
If you are issued an Immediate Roadside Sanction, you only have 7-days to file an appeal. It is important to get in contact with an experienced criminal lawyer immediately to ensure your rights to appeal are preserved.
The lawyers at Northcott Edgerton Barristers have over 30 years of combined experience defending impaired driving charges in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. We have a proven record of getting the best results for our clients across Alberta. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you if you have been arrested.