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Impaired Driving and Over 80 (s. 320.14 (1)) Charges in Canada: Offences, Defences, Punishments

What is Impaired Driving? Impaired driving charges consist of operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft while your ability to do so is impaired by alcohol or drugs. This offence is concerned with the effect that alcohol or drugs had on the accused’s ability to drive. On the other hand, the charge of Over 80 is not concerned with impairment but rather if ...

How To Beat An Alberta Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS): Overview, Defences, Penalties

Structuring Your IRS Defence If you are reading this article, you have likely been issued a Notice of Administrative Penalty (NAP) as part of an Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS). This legislation is new, and aims to penalize impaired drivers. The sanctions are covered in the following provisions of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act (TSA): IRS: 24-HOUR (88, TSA) IRS Zero: Novice (88.01, TSA) ...

How Long will my IRS Suspension be?

Under a recent revision to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act, drivers suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be given an Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) – including a license suspension and other potential penalties. The precise sanctions you will face depend on several factors, such as your class of license, the interpretation of your driving by law ...

What is an Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS)?

Alberta has always had strict DUI laws but, as of December 2020, they have become even harsher. The recent legislative changes have made an Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) more likely if you are stopped and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But who exactly could this affect? And what does it mean for your driving privileges? Changes to impaired ...

How much do DUI lawyers cost?

If you are reading this article, you have likely been charged with your first DUI and have many questions about lawyers, legal fees, and your options moving forward. Or you might be a concerned parent, child, partner, or friend of someone who was recently charged with a DUI, and you are helping them navigate the process. Either way, you’re right to do your research. Deciding ...

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 care and control of a vehicle. The new law ...

SafeRoads Alberta: Overview, Penalties, Regulations, Appeals

SafeRoads Alberta (“SafeRoads”) is an administrative branch of the Alberta government that deals with impaired driving offences that are alcohol or drug-related. The SafeRoads initiative was created in December 2020 to address the significant backlog Alberta’s court system was facing due to the substantial amount of time and resources required to resolve traffic issues. The aim is to lessen the burden on ...

Top 5 Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS) Defences in Alberta

You only have 7 days to launch a review of your license suspension. IRS SafeRoads challenges are handled virtually across Alberta. This allows us to conduct defences from our centralized offices in Calgary or Edmonton. You do not need a lawyer in your jurisdiction where the incident occurred. If you are reading this article, chances are that you or someone you know ...

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