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DUI Lawyers In Calgary Here To Clear Your Name
A criminal charge for any dangerous driving offence comes with an assortment of technicalities and intricacies that require the assistance of our criminal defence lawyers, based in Calgary. Impaired driving, commonly known as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI), is one of the most common dangerous driving offences and may result in significant consequences. When you get in the car after a party or an evening at the bar, you may not realize that your ability to drive is impaired. In the moment, getting pulled over may seem absolutely terrifying. Whether a police officer charges you with driving over the legal limit (or driving over 80), refusal to provide a breath sample, or failure to provide a breath sample, your first call should be to Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers. Navigating the complexities of the legal system and providing a compelling case for all driving offences is what we do best.
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You may be convicted of impaired driving if a prosecutor proves that you were in control of a motor vehicle, that your ability to operate the vehicle was impaired, and that alcohol was the cause of the impairment. One of the most important things to remember if an officer charges you with impaired driving is to say as little as possible while in police custody. Upon being charged, you will have your license suspended until the case goes to trial. Other possible punishments for impaired driving include further license suspensions, substantial fines, a criminal record, and some jail time based on your number of previous offences. Because impaired driving involves several technicalities, we can build a strong defence using methods such as questioning the reliability of the breathalyzer, analyzing varying blood alcohol levels, or challenging observations of impairment. These techniques may allow us to build a compelling defence to rid you of, or at least minimize, the consequences of your conviction.
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As DUI and DWI lawyers, we can help you get out of even the most severe driving offence charges. Out of the 1,500 people charged with impaired driving every year in Calgary, many of them are first-time offenders and probably also last-time offenders. Even though you’ve made a mistake, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life paying for it; a criminal record can impede everything from your career and education to your travel and family opportunities. Our goal is to maximize our knowledge of navigating the court system to negotiate a sentence that is practical but also positive. When you’ve been charged, a driving offence lawyer should be your first call.
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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.
Why Select Our Criminal Lawyer Services?
We are honest and realistic with all of our clients. We will not sugar-coat or oversell the potential outcome of the case. However, we will always strive to achieve the best result possible.
We are personable with our clients. To us, you aren’t just another name. We seek to understand your story and build a positive relationship with you while defending your rights against the State.
We believe you should know what you’re up against; most people don’t know what to expect once they have been criminally charged. We will always strive to keep you informed every step of the way.
We have built a reputation of having a high success rate for our clients throughout Alberta. Often our clients will escape a criminal record or incarceration.
We have streamlined the process of contacting and working with a criminal defence lawyer. We make all docket court appearances on your behalf so you don’t have to attend.
We have over 65 years of combined experience as defence lawyers. We've built relationships in the industry that allow us to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Think of us as your friendly neighbourhood defence lawyers, serving clients across Alberta for over 40 years. Based in Calgary, we travel everywhere from Lethbridge to Fort MacMurray.
We offer flexible payment schedules and flat-rate fee plans so you’ll always know what you’re paying upfront. Total fees depend on the complexity of your case.
What You Can Expect From a DUI Lawyer
As Alberta Criminal Defence Lawyers, we have decades of experience representing individuals charged with any number of driving offences, including impaired driving, driving while disqualified, leaving the scene of an accident, and other driving infractions. When you’ve been charged with a DUI, your first call should be an impaired driving lawyer. We’ll begin by sitting down with you for an initial consultation. If you’re not sure what to expect from a criminal defence lawyer, know that we are here to protect and defend you; we are on your side! We’ll keep you involved as we attend all court appearances on your behalf and learn more about the outlook of your case. We work together to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us today!