Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers in Calgary
If you are facing sanctions or legal proceedings, know that it can happen to anyone. Now if you have been arrested while driving under the influence of alcohol, you need help. Being charged is not the same as a guilty verdict but it could lead to serious problems if you don’t have legal representation.
In Calgary, your first move should be to call the Ryan Claxton Law Group, your drinking and driving lawyers. We will help you in defending against DUI (DWI) charges.
Risks of being convicted of DUI in Alberta
Personal safety and the safety of others aside, there are considerable legal risks attached to being charged with driving under the influence:
- Losing your license
- Suspended driving privileges
- Career issues
- Termination of employment
- Car insurance premium increases
- Immigration status issues
- Inhibited ability to work with or care for children
- DUI classes or mandatory treatment programs
- Permanent criminal record
For many driving is a symbol of freedom of mobility. In practice, losing your licence, and the ability to drive, can negatively impact many areas of life.
What are the impaired driving laws in Alberta?
Alberta’s DUI laws have changed following the introduction of Bill 26. The standard measure of intoxication used by law enforcement is blood alcohol content (BAC), measured in milligrams. Alberta laws state that this testing must be done by a qualified technician using a breathalyzer to verify presence of alcohol in the blood..
Although .08 remains the legal limit under the Criminal Code, there are now heavy penalties for BAC over .05. For more information on changes to drunk driving laws, see Bill 26.
Failed a breathalyzer test in Alberta?
If you blow over the legal limit on a breathalyzer police may charge you with a DUI. You may also be charged if you refuse to provide a breathalyzer sample. It is important to realize that breathalyzer results, and other evidence, may still be open to challenge.
Trusted DUI defense lawyers
Ryan Claxton has a successful track record contesting DUI charges. We can help in defending you against impaired driving charges.
Call for a free consultation today, 1-587-315-0447.