First Offense for Impaired Driving

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Stopped for drinking and driving? Required to undergo a breathalyzer blood alcohol test? Blew over the legal limit? Now what?

Your consequences vary based on your level of blood alcohol content and whether you’re a first time offender or a repeat offender. For a first offence DUI, your possible penalties are listed below.

Between .05 and .08

In Alberta, penalties are meted out for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) under the Federal legal limit of 80 mg but over 50 mg. If you’ve be caught driving with a blood alcohol content between .05 and .08, you could be facing a 3-day vehicle seizure

Additional costs for towing and impounding your vehicle will be your responsibility upon retrieving your vehicle.




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Over .08 Blood Alcohol Content

Caught driving with a blood alcohol content over .08 is grounds for a criminal charge, carrying the following penalties upon conviction:

  • A minimum fine of $1,000
  • Prohibited from driving for 1-year
  • May be reduced to 3-months, if you are enrolled in the ignition interlock program
  • If you are working, the victim fine surcharge is normally imposed in the amount of 15% of the fine.

Charged with Refusing the Breathalyzer?

Did you refuse to blow into the screening device when stopped by an officer under the suspicion of impaired driving? Did you have difficulty providing a sample, thus ultimately failed to provide a sample for the arresting officer?

Under either scenario, you can be charged with refusal, under the Criminal Code. As such, you will be facing immediate license suspension and will need to defend yourself in court.  Don’t try to defend your rights alone; by working with our trusted DUI defence team at Greg Dunn, we will make protecting your rights our number one priority.

Three-Month License Suspension

In Alberta, 21 days after the initial 24-hr suspension, if you are charged with impaired driving, drinking and driving with over .08 blood alcohol content, and/or refusal to provide breath samples, you are given a 3-month license suspension.

Bill 26 imposes this 3-month license suspension until the outcome of your charges.

Consult Our DUI Defence Team Today

Don’t let your first offence drinking and driving charge affect your life. Get back on track quickly. Call Greg Dunn and his team of impaired driving lawyers to get your charges handled, and minimize the penalties you might be facing: 1-587-315-0666.