An impaired driving charge may cost much more than you can imagine. Impaired driving may cause you to have a permanent criminal record and lose your licence for at least a year, unless you install an expensive device after a waiting period. In addition to those direct effects, other unwanted consequences may include termination of employment, increased insurance premiums and even challenges to your immigration status if you’re not a Canadian citizen.
Yet, an impaired driving charge is not a conviction. There are ways to defend against drunk driving charges and prevent these serious consequences.
Possible defences to these charges include proving that the officer acted inappropriately during your traffic stop, neglected your charter rights or otherwise made errors. As your lawyer, I can negotiate with Crown attorneys for a lesser offence or reduced sentence and may even be able to request a curative discharge, which allows select defendants to get treatment for alcohol or drug addiction and avoid a criminal record.
I can also defend individuals facing other criminal traffic violations such as dangerous driving, “over 80,” and criminal negligence causing bodily harm and death.
As a criminal lawyer in Calgary, I have extensive experience defending individuals in drunk driving cases, not only in Calgary, but also in Lethbridge, Red Deer, Canmore and other places around the province.
If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with impaired driving or any other criminal traffic violation, contact my office in Calgary at 403-800-7071 or toll free at 800-678-6941