DUI Laws, Calgary Police, and Your Legal Defence

You've seen plenty on this site about Alberta's harsher DUI penalties and you know that simply not getting behind the wheel when you've been even slightly impaired by alcohol or other drugs is the best way to keep yourself and others safe, and to stay out of legal trouble. But many in Calgary still make the mistake of driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated-what the Calgary Police and courts officially call "impaired driving", so there are definitely some things that bear repeating.

DUI Convictions Can Result in Automatic Penalties for Calgary Drivers

According to the law, drivers who are found operating a vehicle on Calgary streets with a BAC (blood alcohol content) over .05 will face automatic license suspensions, vehicle impoundments, and other potential administrative penalties. If a driver is convicted of a DUI offence involving a BAC over .08, they will face the same administrative penalties as well as potential criminal penalties, including the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device for a period of no less than one year for a first offence -an outcome that can have serious consequences on your ability to conduct a normal, productive life.

These penalties only apply if you are actually convicted in the courts, and a DUI lawyer can assist you in fighting DUI charges to potentially avoid such convictions; without an effective and experienced defence lawyer, the overwhelming majority of drunk driving cases that come before judges in Calgary area courts result in convictions and the penalties described above.

Calgary Police Can Use Controversial Methods to Lay DUI Charges

From the use of "DUI checkpoints" that stop all traffic to look for signs of intoxicated drivers to the technologies used in roadside breath analysis to the mandatory compliance of drivers with requests for breath analysis, the Calgary Police have many controversial tools at their disposal that can assist them in identifying DUI suspects. No matter how controversial these tools are or what future laws will do to limit the scope of Calgary law enforcement's intrusion into drivers' lives, for now these tactics are considered legal and viable.

That doesn't mean that these tools are always administered in accordance with the rules that govern their use, however, and again, a Calgary DUI lawyer can help determine if misuse or other inappropriate activity by law enforcement was a factor in your DUI arrest or charge.

A DUI Lawyer is Your Best Defence Against DUI Charges in Calgary

Whether or not you made the mistake of driving while intoxicated, any driver can find themselves facing serious legal consequences when charged with a DUI on Calgary roads. If you or a family member finds yourself in those circumstances, contact an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and your future. Dedicated DUI lawyer Susan Karpa is available for free consultations, and can help you understand the specifics of your case while developing a strategy that gives you the best chance for moving forward quickly and putting this charge behind you.