A Few Top DUI / DWI Tips From a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer

While Alberta's new DUI/DWI laws have helped reduce the number of drivers who choose to take to Calgary's roads when they're not sober, they haven't eliminated the problem altogether. And, of course, they've made the legal troubles facing those who choose to drive after too many drinks even tougher, meaning you could face more severe and longer-lasting sanctions if you are convicted of a DUI/DWI.

These harsher penalties—in addition to the harm drunk driving can cause to people's safety and their property—make it even more important for Calgary drivers to know their limits and to make sure they avoid a DUI/DWI. For that reason, here are the three top DUI/DWI tips straight from an experienced Calgary criminal defence lawyer to you.

1. Don't Drink and Drive, in Calgary or Anywhere Else

This one might be a little obvious, but it belongs at the top of every DUI/DWI discussion. Avoiding a DUI/DWI conviction and making the roads safer for everyone is as simple as refusing to get behind the wheel if you've had enough alcohol to feel impaired, or enough to raise your BAC above the legal limit of .005 even if you don't feel impaired. Staying completely away from any possibility of a DUI/DWI conviction is as easy as that.

Also, keep in mind that all of the available "BAC estimators" can be very inaccurate in predicting your BAC and your level of intoxication. If you even think you might be over the limit, err on the side of caution and call a cab or let a sober friend take the wheel.

2. Compliance with Calgary Law Enforcement's Roadside Breath Demand During a DUI/DWI Stop

Whether you've had a drink or not, and whether you think you're intoxicated or over the legal BAC limit or not, failure to comply with a Calgary police officer or other law enforcement agent's request for a roadside breath sample could lead to you being charged with refusal to provide a sample.

As you might have read in last week's article if a law enforcement agent anywhere in Canada has a reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence, the officer can request that you provide a roadside breath sample. Failure to do so can be considered a an offence in and of itself.

3. Contact a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer to Combat a DUI/DWI Charge

If you are charged with a DUI/DWI, or even if you are simply arrested for such an offence, you are entitled to contact an experienced criminal defence lawyer. Consulting with a legal professional could well be in your best interest before responding to charges at the courts and while defending your case in the Calgary area criminal justice system.

If you or a family member has been arrested for and/or charged with a drunk driving offence, contact Susan Karpa for a free consultation.

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