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Your Guide to Impaired Driving Charges by Impaired Driving Lawyers in Calgary

What is Impaired Driving?

Impaired driving is one of several criminal driving charges that can be filed against drivers in Calgary. It is also known as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), however, these terms are used more prominently in the United States. “Impaired driving” is the term used in Canadian law. An impaired driving charge is laid when the police believe that you have operated a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol to such a degree that it affected your ability to drive safely.

Though impaired driving charges have declined over the past 30 years, in 2018 Calgary had the highest self-reported impaired driving rate. Given the potential seriousness of the consequences of impaired driving, Calgary Police Service takes the offence extremely seriously and is staunchly committed to reducing the number of accidents on the roads.

When facing impaired driving charges, it is critical that you understand whether you are being charged with impaired driving criminally, or via an Immediate Roadside Sanction (“IRS”). If you are charged criminally, the police will take your photograph, fingerprints and you will have a police file. If convicted, you may have a criminal record. Alternatively, an IRS is issued by the province and if convicted, the charges will only appear on your driver’s abstract.

The content of this article is specific to criminal charges for impaired driving. If you have received an IRS, please see here for more information.

The provisions for operation while impaired in the Criminal Code of Canada (the “Code”) are:

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In order to convict you of impaired driving, the Crown must prove the following elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt:

  1. You operated a motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment; and
  2. You were voluntarily impaired by alcohol, drugs, or a combination thereof.

It is important to bear in mind that the vehicle does not need to be in motion for you to be charged with impaired driving. If you are found to be in care and control of the vehicle to the degree that you could easily set it into motion or if you have a blood alcohol and/or blood drug concentration that is equal to or exceeds the legal limit within two hours of operating your vehicle, you can be convicted.

Similarly, you do not need to be behind the wheel of a car to be convicted. The vast majority of the cases we deal with involve a motor vehicle, but this charge can include electric scooters, bicycles, canoes, and even hoverboards.

If serious harm is caused by drug or alcohol-related driving, the charges may be upgraded, and the consequences made more severe. For example, an impaired driving charge may be upgraded to impaired driving causing bodily harm or impaired driving causing death.

Investigation of Impaired Driving Charges in Calgary

An impaired driving investigation is usually initiated:

  • At a routine police stop;
  • The scene of an accident;
  • A check-stop;
  • After a driver is pulled over or pursued; or
  • Following a report or complaint from an alleged witness.

In Calgary and throughout the rest of Alberta, the police have been equipped with In-Car Digital Video (ICDV) and body-worn cameras. These cameras are commonly used to record someone’s driving. The video footage serves as evidence of impairment, or lack thereof, and can prompt or help combat impaired driving charges. It is therefore critical to secure a competent defence lawyer who will request and review this evidence, before deciding how to proceed.

If an officer has a reasonable suspicion that you have a high blood alcohol concentration and are driving impaired, you may be asked to perform a physical sobriety test at the roadside. This will likely also include taking a mandatory alcohol screening device test where you blow into a roadside breathalyzer device. Such tests are mandatory in Canada for all drivers regardless of why you were initially stopped.

The officer will ask you to provide this breath sample by blowing into a handheld breathalyzer. If you refuse this request, you are likely to be charged with section 320.15 of the Code, failure or refusal to comply with demand. If you blow over, or refuse to blow, you will be arrested and taken to a Police District Office for processing. Once at the Police District Office, if you failed the roadside breathalyzer test, you will be required to provide two further samples in a breathalyzer which measures your exact blood alcohol concentration. If this machine registers a number equal or over 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood, you will also be charged with blowing over 80 (section 320.14(1)(b)).

If the officer has a reasonable suspicion that you have a high drug blood concentration, a Drug Recognition Expert will be called in to determine if you are impaired, and if so, what type of drug you are impaired by. According to the Calgary Police Service, the Drug Recognition Expert will conduct a 12-step test to assess drug impairments, including:

  • Measuring the driver’s blood pressure;
  • Pupil size;
  • Body temperature;
  • Pulse;
  • Eye’s reaction to light;
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystamus (HGN) test;
  • Vertical Gaze Nystamus (VGN) test; and
  • Divided attention tests.

There are no oral screening devices used to calculate blood drug concentration. Bodily fluid samples (blood or urine) must be sent to a lab in order to determine the concentration of drugs in the blood. If the results of the lab test confirm the suspicions of law enforcement officers, charges will be laid.

It is important to remember that while in police custody, what you say can be used against you. There have been many cases where the accused would have likely had their charges dropped had they not made statements to the police such as:

  • “I know I made a mistake; I shouldn’t have been driving.”
  • “What’s the point of giving breath samples? I know I will blow over.”

The Calgary Police Service takes all driving offences seriously. Despite an officer’s friendly appearance and chatty nature, what you say in between requests for breath samples, during the drive to the station, or at the detachment can and will be used against you.

Bail Process and Conditions for Impaired Driving Charges in Calgary

How do I get myself or a loved one out on bail for impaired driving charges in Calgary?

For most impaired driving charges, it is not unusual for police to release you at the scene. Police will provide you with an Appearance Notice document outlining your charges, and any appearances you must make.

If the police feel that your circumstances require more onerous conditions they may require you to sign an Undertaking. This document will outline your charges and include any specific conditions you must follow, including being prohibited from:

  • Leaving the province;
  • Alcohol consumption; and/or
  • Staying out beyond a certain time (i.e. curfew).

If this is your second or subsequent impaired driving offence, or there are other accompanying charges, the prosecutor may have a compelling argument to convince the judge that you should be kept in custody and require a formal bail hearing. An effective defence lawyer can provide the judge with a release plan showing that you are not at risk of re-offending, nor are you a danger to the public. This will challenge the Crown’s argument.

In the event that a bail hearing is necessary, you will be transferred from the district office to the Spyhill Services Centre. The bail hearing must be held within 24 hours, a period that starts from the moment of arrest or detention rather than the time when you are brought to the Centre. Although for many years the Centre was located in downtown Calgary, it is now situated in the deep Northwest of Calgary, which makes getting home after being released far more difficult for many people. The exact address of the Centre is as follows:

Spyhill Services Centre
12500 85th Street, N.W.
Tel: 403-428-3400

Loved ones are not able to contact you while you are detained. The police will not release any information to friends or family due to privacy laws. Your lawyer is the only person allowed to contact you. Once the police have verified your lawyer’s details, they will pass on information about your whereabouts, if requested.

Because of these difficulties while you are held in custody, it is best to appoint a competent defence lawyer as soon as possible to manage the legal processes and communicate with loved ones. After an arrest, the police must provide you with the opportunity to call a lawyer in private and, if that happens, stop questioning you.

Once you retain one of our experienced criminal defence lawyers, we will begin working to secure your release on bail.  We will immediately do the following:

  1. Call in to the Spyhill Services Centre in Calgary and speak to you.
  2. Contact the prosecutor assigned to the bail hearing to start negotiating your release.
  3. Order and secure a copy of the police information package that details the allegations against you in advance of the bail hearing. This allows the lawyer to make meaningful representations to the court about why you should be released on bail.
  4. Conduct either an in-person or teleconference bail hearing to secure your release.

When you attend your bail hearing, the judge will consider the following factors:

  • Is detention necessary to secure your attendance in court?
  • Is detention necessary to protect the public from a substantial risk of re-offence?
  • Is detention necessary in all the circumstances to maintain confidence in the administration of justice?

Although it is unlikely that you will be denied bail for this type of charge, restrictions may nevertheless be applied to your release. Rest assured, we will work to not only secure your release but also to ensure the least restrictive set of bail conditions (including the minimum cash deposit).

Our lawyers are often successful at persuading the Crown Prosecutor in charge of bail to let our clients out. If we can’t convince the prosecutor, we can conduct a formal bail hearing and work to convince the Court. Even if you are ultimately detained, we can appeal that decision on very short notice through a bail review, which is conducted at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta.

Where can I pay for bail for impaired driving charges in Calgary?

If you or a loved one are charged with impaired driving in Calgary and granted bail, you may be required to provide a cash deposit to secure release. The cash deposit can be paid at any courthouse in Alberta. Even if you live in Edmonton, you can pay bail there for someone detained in Calgary.

Bail hearing offices in Calgary are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The contact details of the bail hearing office at the Calgary Courts Centre are as follows:

Calgary Courts Centre
601 5th Street SW
Tel: 403-297-4444

You can also make a bail payment at the Calgary Remand Centre prior to 8:30 pm. The contact details are as follows:

Calgary Remand Centre
12200 85 Street NW
Tel: 403-695-2100

To pay your own bail, you can make a payment after your hearing, assuming you have sufficient funds to do so.

How do I change my release conditions for impaired driving charges in Calgary?

Release on bail with impaired driving charges may require either a surety, cash or a no-cash deposit.

Beyond that, you may face tight restrictions, including conditions to refrain from:

  • Being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle;
  • Using drugs or alcohol;
  • Staying out beyond a certain time (i.e. curfew);
  • Breaking any laws;
  • Possessing weapons;
  • Visiting certain places; and/or
  • Traveling.

The judge can also impose additional conditions such as:

  • Attending counselling;
  • Reporting to probation;
  • Residing where approved; and/or
  • Maintaining or seeking employment.

A variety of factors will be considered when determining your precise restrictions, including:

  • Your criminal history;
  • Your history of drug/alcohol usage;
  • Your physical and mental condition;
  • The nature of the alleged impaired driving offence; and
  • The likelihood that you will flee.

If you have already been released, at least for the short term, it is critical that you make arrangements to abide by your conditions until they can be changed. Breaching the terms of your release can result in further charges or revocation of your bail, as well as a forfeiture of any cash paid to secure your release. It is important to take these conditions seriously.

Once the matter is in court, we can work with the Crown to alter your conditions. This includes either adding exceptions to some of the conditions or eliminating them altogether.

If your court date is far away and you cannot wait until then, we can arrange to have the matter dealt with sooner. Our first priority is always to stabilize your release conditions. That way, you will not feel pressured to plead guilty because of the restrictive terms of your release. Once the conditions are manageable and minimally intrusive to your daily routine, we can focus 100% of our attention on defending the case.

Penalties for Impaired Driving Charges in Calgary

Impaired driving and impaired driving causing bodily harm are both hybrid offences, meaning that the Crown can elect to proceed by summary or indictment. This decision impacts the punishments that are available to you, with summary being less severe and indictment being more severe. Where impaired driving causes death, the Crown must proceed by indictment.

The maximum punishments for impaired driving include:

  • Indictment
    • Impaired driving: Up to 10-years imprisonment;
    • Impaired driving causing bodily harm: Up to 14-years imprisonment;
    • Impaired driving causing death: Up to life imprisonment.
  • Summary
    • Impaired driving: Up to 2-years less a day imprisonment;
    • Impaired driving causing bodily harm: Up to 2-years less a day imprisonment.

Regardless of how the Crown proceeds, all impaired driving charges have mandatory minimum punishments:

  • First offence: $1,000 fine;
  • Second offence: 30-day imprisonment; and
  • Third offence: 120-day imprisonment.

The punishments that you will have to endure for impaired driving increase where:

  • More than one person was injured/killed by your impaired driving;
  • Your blood alcohol concentration was excessively high;
  • You were participating in a street race;
  • You had a passenger with you under the age of 16;
  • You were being paid for operating the vehicle;
  • You were operating a large motor vehicle; and
  • You were not permitted to be operating the vehicle.

You will also face an Immediate Roadside Sanction (“IRS”) that, although not criminal, will significantly impede your freedom. Pursuant to the Traffic Safety Act, a peace officer will issue you an IRS if:

  • They believe you were impaired by drugs and/or alcohol;
  • You are tested and are found to be over your legal limit of drugs and/or alcohol; or
  • If you failed to comply with a demand to test your sobriety.

Penalties associated with an IRS include:

  • Licence suspension;
  • Participation in the Ignition Interlock Program;
  • Participation in mandatory education courses; and
  • Fines and Tow Bills.

As mentioned, an IRS is an administrative charge issued by the province that is not the same as a criminal charge for impaired driving under the Code. To learn more about the specific penalties associated with an IRS, please see here.

A conviction for impaired driving can have many negative consequences on your future. You may experience difficulties securing employment in the field of your choice, especially in roles that require driving. The lifelong criminal record that results from a conviction can also hinder immigration and travel. You will almost certainly face higher insurance premiums as well.

Therefore, even if you intend to accept responsibility for the offence, it is worthwhile to explore your options and consider all the potential penalties. Even if the evidence is stacked against you, it may be possible to negotiate a resolution to avoid a lengthy jail sentence. Furthermore, a community-based sentence may be obtained even where the Crown is seeking jail time.

Rest assured, our lawyers will work hard to defend you so that you are not saddled with the consequences that stem from a conviction. In fact, we can canvass a range of sentencing options with the prosecutors that will either leave you with no criminal record or impose minimal restrictions on your liberty after sentencing. To learn more about potential non-criminal resolutions, please visit our resolutions page, or read our FAQ on resolutions and other sentencing options.

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Defending Impaired Driving Charges in Calgary

What are the best defences to impaired driving charges in Calgary?

The defences that are available for impaired driving charges depend on the facts of your particular case. However, some effective defences to impaired driving charges include:

  • Violation of Constitutional Rights: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out your rights before and after your arrest. If the police fail to abide by these rights, it can aid your defence. 
  • Involuntary Intoxication: If you did not voluntarily consume alcohol or drugs, this could help challenge the mental element of the offence. For example, if you are drugged without your knowledge.
  • Defence of Necessity: If you or one of your passengers was at immediate risk of harm, and you drove for no longer than was necessary to escape that harm, you may have a defence to impaired driving. 
  • You Consumed Drugs/Alcohol after Driving: According to section 320.14 (5), (6), and (7) of the Code, you cannot be found guilty of impaired operation where you consumed the substance in question after you stopped operating the vehicle. For example, this would help you defend against section 320.14 (1) (b)(c) & (d) which state that if your blood alcohol concentration, blood drug concentration, or a combination thereof exceeds the legal limit, you can be convicted.

We will carefully review the entire police file, which may include expert reports from a traffic reconstructionist, witness statements, medical evidence, collision reports, photographs, video footage, and other documents pertaining to your case. Our lawyers will explore every possible defence that could raise a reasonable doubt about the prosecution’s evidence and/or your Charter rights being upheld.

Even if the charges proceed and you are found guilty, a good defence lawyer can greatly reduce the severity of the consequences for you.

Our lawyers are experienced with impaired driving cases and have achieved acquittals for our clients in even the most hopeless situations. Our high success rate speaks for itself; it’s beneficial to have one of our meticulous impaired driving lawyers in your corner.

How can I help defend impaired driving charges in Calgary?

If you have been charged with impaired driving, the following actions can help your lawyer build a strong defence:

  • Make a statement about what happened;
  • Have passengers write down their observations of what happened;
  • Collect and maintain all documents and records about the event;
  • Gather any photographic evidence that you may have; and
  • Log any relevant texts, emails or phone calls.

As soon as you are released, start gathering any information that may be of use to your lawyer. What information is relevant will depend on the facts in your case. If you are uncertain what information may be relevant, you should contact one of our lawyers immediately to create a plan of action for gathering information.

To be truly proactive about the matter, consider doing the following:

  • Secure proof of employment;
  • Secure reference letters;
  • Enroll in counselling (e.g. alcohol or drug rehabilitation);
  • Secure a record of prescriptions; and
  • Secure a record of any mental health conditions you suffer from.

These steps can be very helpful in building an effective defence (or convincing the prosecutor to drop the charges altogether).

What can a lawyer do to help me defend against impaired driving charges in Calgary?

As we start preparing your defence by examining police actions and the evidence against you, there are certain defence strategies that can be used to aid your cause.

Some of these include:

  • Assembling documents, photos, texts, etc. that contradict the allegation and support your version of events;
  • Identifying mistakes in the actions of the police, such as Charter breaches; and
  • Uncovering administrative/systemic errors, such as “Jordan delay,” non-disclosure, lost or destroyed evidence, etc.

What’s Next?

Most of the information above relates to simple impaired driving cases, which can become increasingly complex and fact-specific depending on the circumstances of your case.

We have tried our best to provide a general outline of what you can expect if you find yourself in this situation, but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

To learn more about how we can help, please contact our team of impaired driving lawyers. We will conduct a thorough review of your situation and tailor a precise strategy that targets your successful defence.

Impaired Driving FAQs

  1. What is the penalty if I plead guilty or I am found guilty of a DUI?
  2. How will my DUI charge affect my licence in Alberta?
  3. Can I be charged with a DUI even if I wasn’t driving or the vehicle wasn’t moving (care or control)?
  4. How can I avoid a criminal record if I am guilty of a DUI?
  5. Can I go to the US if I am found guilty of a DUI?
  6. Can I get charged with a DUI if I am driving while I am high on drugs?
  7. How is the new impaired driving law in Canada different from before?
  8. How to beat a DUI or Impaired Driving Charge
  9. How much do DUI lawyers cost?

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16:15 16 Jun 20
I have had Mr. Oykhman represent me twice now and on both occasions the issues were fully resolved having all charges... withdrawn. His service is second to none. I know once Mr.Oykhman is retained that everything will be resolved and in a favorable way because he will take care of the issues at hand. I highly recommend Mr.Oykhman to anyone that wants a stress free encounter and piece of mind knowing their issues will be takin care of, and in the end the outcome will be favorable. I would never think of ever hiring another lawyerread more
Chey Panda
Chey Panda
21:27 28 May 20
I highly recommend Crystal McGraw's services as she is very professional, non-judgmental & reliable. Crystal will keep... you updated every step of the way & will work hard to get you a positive outcome for your case. Thank you for all your help!read more
Conrad Taupert
Conrad Taupert
15:08 28 May 20
Elena Ryland was compassionate and empathetic. She immediately validated my emotions and calmed me down.I found her to... be extremely motivated. She got all my charges dropped. I highly recommend her.read more
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classified666 .
19:42 27 May 20
I Had an accident right before Christmas last year an ended up getting a handful of criminal charges. Michael an his... team worked hard an got all charges dropped including an impaired. I’m thankful for his effort an would highly recommend!read more
Mark Paolo Ramos
Mark Paolo Ramos
16:23 04 May 20
After months of dealing with Crystal Mcgraw, Ryan P and Amie I have nothing but utmost respect for their... professionalism and hardwork. I was dismissed from my case and now can breathe normally as I can get my life back to normal. I would definitely recommend these folks to take care of your cases and you will be satisfied with the work that they will put into your case.read more
Kevin Murphy
Kevin Murphy
00:35 24 Apr 20
Thanks to Ryan for doing a great job, and for providing a sense of support and professionalism. My charge was stayed,... which is about the best result I could have hoped for, and better than I expected. Thanks to Crystal as well for everything she did, and for delivering me only good news, and to Amie for the communications she provided. All around very happy with everything, hopefully I never require their services again. 😉read more
Craig Stange
Craig Stange
15:35 23 Apr 20
I am going through an extremely difficult divorce and my ex made a power move by making an allegation against me that... involved the police and the start of a three month investigation. Upon the advise of a former RCMP member who is a good friend I engaged the Services of Michael to help with the investigation phase and contact by the city police. His services in dealing with the investigation and guiding me through this is beyond value. I would highly recommend his team. I am pleased to report that with his guidance the matter was dropped before charges, money well invested. If you get contacted by police your first call should be to his office.read more
Daniel Araia
Daniel Araia
00:55 22 Apr 20
If anyone is looking for professional legal lawyer I’m hardly recommending to anyone to Michael Oykhman with his team.... Trust me you will get quality service with professionalism from Michael Oykhman and all his team. Thanks to you all for your time and commitment I’m totally satisfied with all your hard work keep doing good job guys cheers.read more
David Prosser
David Prosser
14:42 08 Mar 20
After two years of dealing with Greg Janzen on my charges I have nothing but the highest regard for the... professionalism, expert knowledge, guidance, and personal courtesy. I would highly recommend him to my closest friends and family. A great job well done. Thank you.read more
Haifaa Rofail
Haifaa Rofail
23:06 05 Mar 20
5 stars, Everything worked out very well, very timely in dealing with my matter. All responses fromGreg Janzen and his... assistant where professional and helpful. I would highly recommend him. A really good lawyer ! Very happy with my outcome. All my charges was withdrawn.read more
Josh Hawryluk
Josh Hawryluk
01:24 27 Feb 20
Very satisfied of the service I received getting off my charge. Looking for a criminal lawyer? Theses are the guys, I... did not have to appear in court, I only had to make one visit to the office, and the rest was all handled my by lawyer (Elaine). They did an awesome job for me and excellent customer service,read more
Marty Maksymetz
Marty Maksymetz
02:51 31 Jan 20
I highly recommend going with this team. From the moment that I stepped into their offices, I knew that I was in good... hands. I had the privilege of working with Elena Ryland as my attorney and I couldn't be happier. She was extremely professional and well-educated on the subject matter. She was able to negotiate a deal that favoured all parties involved.read more
jay xu
jay xu
01:06 29 Jan 20
Words cannot express my gratitude to Michael, he helped me out of a difficult situation and resolved the matter... unbelievably quick. Michael provided quick professional insight, and showed great compassion working to resolve my matter over the past year. The knowledge, experience, and compassion Michael is clearly the best in Calgary. Michael also has a vast network of grade A lawyers and recommended a fantastic criminal lawyer to help me with my case. I would highly recommend his services.read more
R G
R G
18:39 11 Dec 19
I got in touch with Michael Oykhman directly based on the complexity of the legal matters I was facing. He was... incredibly professional and gave me a great deal of confidence and knowledge that it would be handled to his best efforts. The results were exactly that, the best desired outcome and a huge weight taken off me during a dark time. I would highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone looking for the best outcome possible!read more
Jessica Rafuse
Jessica Rafuse
22:50 15 Nov 19
I was first able to speak to Michael Oykhman himself and felt understood and confident that his staff would take care... of my legal matters. I am happy to report that not only have my matters been resolved but they were exactly in line with my desired outcome. I never felt like I had to compromise my position regarding the events that lead to needing legal services. While my initial junior associate couldn't oversee my file to completion, my gratitude goes to Greg Janzen who took on my case midway through and advocated for me and saw my charges withdrawn in a timely matter. Greg went the extra mile to show up for my appearances even when they were outside the initial legal matter at hand, which surprised me and made my life so much easier. I was out of province for 5 months of the year and thanks to Greg was able to focus on my priorities instead of being limited and interrupted. If your considering a lawyer or in doubt about the value of legal services, do yourself a favor and consult this firm. While there are many names to consider, if you find yourself needing criminal defense lawyers, I am so thankful I made the decision to have this firm represent me.They have been supportive, understanding and expedient. I also saved money and appreciated that I wasn't hit with hidden fees and wasn't footing a bill that was inflated or unwarranted. You definitely get great value! I also super appreciated the face time and timely communication at each turn. Not only were my charges withdrawn but so too were my fingerprints and photos with police destroyed so it's like nothing ever happened. A dream come true. Excellent customer service from start to finish on top of the legal support! Thank-you all so much, and while I hope not to need you in the future, I know I will be in good hands and will refer anyone in similar circumstances to your firm in the future. Cheers!read more
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Glowing Reviews From Our Clients

Excellent service! I would highly recommend going with this team. If I ever need assistance with anything of this manner again, I wouldn’t hesitate to call or email the team at Oykhman Criminal Defence again.


M.M.

Everyone was very professional and understanding. They explained everything and put me at ease. Any question I had were answered right. If you need help I’d highly recommend this law firm.


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