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Have You Been Affected by the Alberta Administrative Licence Suspension Program?

What is the AALS?

The AALS program is for Albertans, who test positive for the presence of drugs or alcohol in their system. For alcohol, they use the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit, which is 0.08. And, for cannabis, the measure is the Blood Drug Concentration (BDC) limit of 5 nanograms. Additionally, you should note that a combination of these substances, (BAC 0.05 and 2.5 nanograms BDC) or the presence of any other illegal substance also apply. 

 

How Does it Affect You?

If you are found over these limits, specific penalties will apply:

  • Immediate licence suspension lasting 90 days
  • Vehicle seizure lasting three days
  • Enrollment in the Interlock Ignition Program for another year
  • If convicted, you will have to attend a Planning Ahead course
  • Harsher penalties occur during subsequent events

 

What are Your Rights? 

  • During the roadside test, you can request a second test with a new kit
  • Through the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, you can appeal the AALS program
  • Through the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, you can also appeal a licence suspension lasting seven or more days

 

What Should You Do After Being Charged?

If you are charged with a crime under the Alberta Admin Licence Suspension program, your first step should be to contact a qualified lawyer. They can advise you about the proper steps to take immediately following the charge, and work with you to reduce any outstanding penalties, such as licence suspensions or vehicle seizures.

 

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FAQs

Yes. While it may come as a surprise to you, but the Criminal Code states that the offence includes operating or having care or control over a vehicle while impaired. Thus, you may still be convicted of impaired driving, and a criminal lawyer may be your best defence.

The punishment for impaired driving depends on the number of offences, but generally, the consequences are as follows:

  • 1st offence — $1,000 fine & 1-year driving suspension
  • 2nd offence — 30 days in jail & 2-year driving suspension
  • 3rd offence — 120 days in jail & 3-year driving suspension

While it is under the discretion of the border agent whether you are permitted to enter the United State, a DUI conviction will not directly affect your ability to cross the border.

No. Unfortunately, being asked to provide a breath sample at the roadside may be an instance that requires you to incriminate yourself in the absence of legal advice.

As with all driving offences, it is best to call a criminal defence lawyer to help decide on the best plan moving forward. A strong defence may include arguing that your actions were a result of an unexpected medical impairment or an involuntary intake of drugs.

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What is the Immediate Roadside Sanction Program?

What is the IRS?

The Immediate Roadside Sanctions (IRS) program works hand-in-hand with AALS. While AALS refers to the penalties related to administrative licence suspension, the IRS program refers to the penalties around what can occur immediately after a roadside stop. 

 

How Does it Affect You?

If you are found over the legal limits, specific penalties will apply:

  • Immediate licence suspension lasting three days
  • Vehicle seizure lasting three days
  • Harsher penalties occur during subsequent events

 

What are Your Rights? 

  • During the roadside test, you can request a second test with a new kit
  • You can only appeal the IRS if it is your second or subsequent offence
  • Can also appeal, through the Alberta Transportation Safety Board, a licence suspension lasting seven or more days

 

What Should You Do After Being Charged?

If you are charged through the IRS program, your first step should be contacting a qualified lawyer. They can advise you about the proper steps to take immediately following the charge, and work with you to reduce any outstanding penalties, such as licence suspensions or vehicle seizures.

 

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How Will the Provincial Administrative Penalties Act Change the Programs?

The most significant way the new Provincial Administrative Penalties Act will change the laws is the removal of criminal charges for first-time offenders. Overall, the act will adopt several policies to free up time for the court systems and reduce the amount of money taxpayers spend on this type of case.

 

In fact, the benefits appear to be wide-ranging, from an 8% decrease in court time to the elimination of approximately 1,200 full, or multi-day, trials. Further, when comparing the change, British Columbia has found a 36% reduction in impaired driving incidents and a 54% decrease in impaired driving fatalities. 

 

However, for these benefits to occur, the reality is that the punishments must become more severe. For instance, a first offence will now carry a $1,000 fine and mandatory impaired driving education. Additionally, the vehicle seizure term will increase from three days up to 30 days. 

 

If you find yourself face-to-face with either system, don’t go it alone. Consult with a knowledgeable and qualified lawyer to make the most out of your representation and protect your rights.