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How to beat a DUI or Impaired Driving Charge

Book a free consultation If you have been charged with impaired driving, driving while your blood/alcohol content is over the legal limit (‘over 80’), or failing or refusing to provide a breath sample, your priority is to be found not guilty in Court. The first thing you can do to increase your chances of being [...]

How to beat a DUI or Impaired Driving Charge 2018-11-19T20:23:49+00:00

How is the new impaired driving law in Canada different from before?

There are many changes that have been made to impaired driving law. The most important differences that you should be aware of are: (1) The new law makes it illegal to have a blood-alcohol-content over the legal limit 2 hours after driving. Previously, it was only illegal to be impaired while driving or when in [...]

How is the new impaired driving law in Canada different from before? 2018-07-31T19:04:27+00:00

How do I get off a DUI?

Being charged with a criminal offence may be the most stressful ordeal you will ever experience. You need a local criminal defence lawyer to help! So far you have probably been arrested and charged by the police. Your liberties have been restricted, you have been placed on conditions, and you have to appear in [...]

How do I get off a DUI? 2018-04-12T17:18:36+00:00

A criminal defence lawyer’s top 5 tips for fighting an impaired driving charge

If you are pulled over while driving impaired, the most important thing you can do is co-operate with the police and comply with their demands, especially when they are testing your sobriety. If you are resistant and fail to follow their instructions, you may be charged with obstruction or “refusal,” which may make your [...]

A criminal defence lawyer’s top 5 tips for fighting an impaired driving charge 2018-04-12T17:44:43+00:00

Can I get charged with a DUI if I am driving while I am high on drugs?

Yes, you can get charged with impaired driving if you are found driving while high on drugs, including marijuana. The elements that the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in order for you to be convicted of this offence are almost the same as those in the case of impairment by alcohol/over 80. However, [...]

Can I get charged with a DUI if I am driving while I am high on drugs? 2018-04-12T17:25:46+00:00

Can I go to the US if I am found guilty of a DUI?

The decision whether to admit you to the US is discretionary on the part of the Customs and Border Protection Agent with whom you interact. This means that regardless of whether you have a criminal conviction, a Border Agent can deny your entry to the US for a variety of reasons. That said, US [...]

Can I go to the US if I am found guilty of a DUI? 2018-04-12T17:51:04+00:00

How can I avoid a criminal record if I am guilty of a DUI?

In rare circumstances, even if you are found guilty of a DUI offence (such as Impaired Driving or Over 80 or Care or Control), it is possible to avoid a criminal record. The general rule is that if you are found guilty of a DUI, you will receive a criminal record and a mandatory [...]

How can I avoid a criminal record if I am guilty of a DUI? 2018-04-12T19:31:08+00:00

Can I be charged with a DUI even if I wasn’t driving or the vehicle wasn’t moving (care or control)?

It is surprising to many people that in fact, you can be charged with Impaired Driving, and driving Over 80, even if the vehicle wasn’t moving. Technically, the charge is not “Impaired Driving” or “Driving Over 80”.  Section 253 of the Criminal Code indicates that it is an offence to “operate” or have “care [...]

Can I be charged with a DUI even if I wasn’t driving or the vehicle wasn’t moving (care or control)? 2017-11-17T22:36:26+00:00

How will my DUI charge affect my licence in Alberta?

1. Can I get my licence back before the first court date? Your license is suspended before trial pursuant to the Alberta Administrative License Suspension (AALS) Program. It is possible to appeal your license suspension under the AALS prior to going to trial, but it is unlikely that you will be able to complete the [...]

How will my DUI charge affect my licence in Alberta? 2017-11-20T16:59:58+00:00

What is the penalty if I plead guilty or I am found guilty of a DUI?

DUI offences such as Impaired Driving, Over 80, Care or Control and Refusals all carry mandatory minimum sentences set by Parliament. The minimum sentences are set out in sections 255 and 259 of the Criminal Code of Canada.  Although there are a few nuances, generally speaking, the sentence structure is as follows: For a first [...]

What is the penalty if I plead guilty or I am found guilty of a DUI? 2017-11-17T22:30:35+00:00