Second Offense For Impaired Driving in Alberta

Fighting a second offense for impaired driving charge

Facing charges for a second offense for drunk driving is not an experience you want to undergo alone, particularly after Alberta’s new drunk driving legislation, Bill 26, came into effect (January 2012).

Bill 26 increased penalties for all offenses, but particularly aimed to crack down on repeat offenders. These penalties vary by your blood alcohol content (BAC) as measured in milligrams. While the legal limit in Alberta is .08 (80 milligrams) blood alcohol content, impaired driving sanctions may be imposed at .05 blood alcohol content.

Penalties for a second offense for drunk driving over .05 BAC

Under Alberta Bill 26, impaired driving sanctions for drivers who are between .05 BAC and .08 BAC have increased:

  • 7-day vehicle seizure
  • 15–day license suspension
  • mandatory “Planning Ahead” course





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Penalties for a second offense for drunk driving over .08 BAC

If you are found to have a blood alcohol content that exceeds the legal limit of 80 milligrams (.08 BAC), you will be subject to criminal charges. Depending on the results of your case, you could face:

  • Loss of license for a minimum of 3 years
  • Time in custody
  • 7-day vehicle seizure
  • 3-year mandatory ignition interlock upon a conviction.

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