Impaired Driving Info from a Calgary DUI/DWI Criminal Defence Lawyer

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The number one suggestion any Calgary DUI/DWI criminal defence lawyer—or anyone else, for that matter—can offer when it comes to drinking and driving is simple: don't do it. Avoiding impaired driving is easy and will keep you and those around you safe when it comes to your physical well-being. It also, of course, offers the greatest legal protection against impaired driving offences and will help keep you on the roads and out of court.

Most drivers in Calgary don't need a lawyer's advice to know that drinking (or drug use) and driving is a dangerous mix that is best avoided at all costs. DUI/DWI remains a relatively common cause for arrest and for charges throughout the Calgary area, however, so clearly the message isn't sinking in for everyone. So just in case you're one of those drivers who thinks getting behind the wheel while intoxicated isn't always a bad idea, here's some information that might change your mind.

There's No Such a Thing As "Just a Little Intoxicated"

Technically speaking, Alberta law does differentiate between a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05, which can result in administrative penalties, and a BAC of .08 or higher, which can result in both administrative and criminal penalties. When it comes to your driving abilities and your health and safety, though, driving is a bad idea no matter what your perceived level of intoxication. If you feel "buzzed" or "tipsy," it's best not to be operating a motor vehicle, period.

If you think you might be even the tiniest bit intoxicated, don't drive.

There's No Good Reason to Drive Drunk

There is no situation so dire or appointment so pressing that you're better off driving drunk. None. A suddenly sick family member on the other side of Calgary? An early meeting tomorrow morning that means you need to get home and in bed ASAP? The odds are good you will only make the situation worse by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, with the risk of harm to you and others and the chances of a DUI/DWI charge that you'll have to spend time and money dealing with.

Intoxicated and impaired driving simply isn't worth it. In the long run, it will only end up costing you time, money, and even your freedom. It can also cost you and others the biggest price there is: life. If it's not worth dying or killing for, it's not worth driving while intoxicated.

A Calgary DUI/DWI Defence Lawyer Can a Help

If you do find yourself facing a DUI/DWI charge, whether or not you were intoxicated when you were stopped by Calgary law enforcement, an experienced Calgary DUI/DWI defence lawyer may be able to help mitigate the interruption to your life and help get you back on the right track. For a free consultation please contact Susan Karpa today.

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