Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm or Death in Alberta

Impaired driving – be it a DUI, a DWI, drunk driving, drinking and driving – paired with an accident in which someone is injured or, worse, killed is a very serious offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Even for a first offence, you are looking at a prison sentence on top of an automatic 5-year license suspension.

These charges need to be handled by a skilled lawyer, sensitive to the issues inherent in such cases. Greg Dunn is a criminal defence lawyer with a solid reputation for successfully defending impaired driving causing death or drinking and driving causing bodily harm. Impaired driving charges are not only limited to alcohol, but also illegal drugs, narcotics, even prescription drugs.

Alberta Law: Not So Clear Cut
for a DUI Causing Bodily Harm or Death

In the case of a DWI causing death, or bodily harm, the accused driver is potentially unable to provide a breath sample to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC) due to the severity of the accident. In such circumstances, blood samples are required to prove the allegation of having operated a vehicle while their BAC exceeded the legal limit. Blood sample cases are much more complex than breath sample cases; they require knowledge only an experienced impaired driving lawyer will possess. Contact the criminal law office of Greg Dunn, in Calgary, today – 1-587-315-0666 – to discuss your drinking and driving causing death charges.

DUI laws state the charge of a BAC over .08 is added, should it be discovered you revealed a blood alcohol content over the legal allowable limit (.08) through your blood samples. If you fail to provide a breath or blood sample (in the cases you have the capacity to refuse), you will also be facing a refusal charge.

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What Are The Consequences For A DUI Causing Death in Alberta?

As with a DUI, you could be facing:

  • Permanent criminal record
  • Termination of employment and further career issues
  • Inhibited to work with or care for children
  • Mandatory treatment programs or DUI classes
  • DUI car insurance premiums increases
  • Immigration status issues

With an impaired driving causing bodily harm or causing death charge, you are also facing a prison sentence, even on a first offence. Your sentence could be extended if you are also convicted of manslaughter for the death of the person injured.

Protect Yourself. Minimize Your Consequences. Contact Us Today.

Being charged with impaired driving causing death is a complex legal matter. Greg Dunn, will help you strategize your best manslaughter defence, minimizing the consequences of your actions. Call us today – 1-587-315-0666 – to get you back on track. Don’t go to trail alone. Ensure your rights are being protected.