Your Calgary DUI Charge and Defence: Part 1

Before you've faced a DUI charge in the Calgary area, you might have thought all cases were essentially the same, dealing with a clear and straightforward set of facts and consequences: someone got drunk and got behind the wheel of their car, got in an accident, and was charged with impaired driving or "DUI." There's no real defence, you might have thought; anyone charged with a DUI is bound to lose their license and face other penalties imposed by the Calgary courts.

If you or a family member has recently been charged with a DUI by Calgary Police or other law enforcement, though, you know that both your charge and your defence are more complex, totally dependent on the specific circumstances of your case. This two-part article will briefly outline what you can expect when it comes to your DUI case, and what strategies you should be exploring with your Calgary DUI lawyer.

DUI Detection in the Calgary Area

Though driving while impaired does dramatically increase your chances of causing an accident, not all DUI charges brought in Calgary start with a collision. In addition to DUI checkpoints, pulling drivers over for minor traffic infractions or perceived erratic driving, and demanding roadside breath analysis for alcohol from any driver they reasonably suspect to be impaired, Calgary Police and other organizations have been engaged in public awareness campaigns encouraging people in Calgary to report drivers they suspect of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In short, there are many ways a DUI charge might originate in many different ways, and drivers in Calgary are more liable than ever to face such charges if they make mistakes on the road, even if they weren't actually impaired by drugs or alcohol. The best way to avoid a DUI charge, and to defend against such a charge, is to stay away from the driver's seat if you've ingested any substance that might impair your abilities, but even that is not surefire way to avoid legal entanglements.

Answering Your DUI Charge with a Calgary Defence Lawyer

Aside from some basic questions regarding your identity and compliance with lawful requests for breath and/or blood analysis to determine if there are any intoxicants in your system, you are not required to respond to DUI allegations made by the Calgary Police before consulting with a criminal defence lawyer. When you are arrested or charged with a DUI, you have the right to contact a DUI lawyer who can provide knowledge and expertise the average citizen of Calgary simply does not possess. Contacting a DUI lawyer should be your first step in defending yourself against DUI charges.

If you or a family member has been arrested fr a DUI charge in the Calgary area, or if you are currently facing DUI charges in the Calgary courts, [contact criminal defence lawyer Susan Karpa] ( today for a free consultation. A discussion of the specific facts of your case will provide you with peace of mind and a solid plan for moving forward.

For Part 2 of this article, click here.