Third Offense For Impaired Driving In Alberta

Fighting a third offense for impaired driving charge?

Facing charges for a third offense for drunk driving is not something you want to tackle alone: not with the implementation of Alberta’s new drunk driving legislation, Bill 26, that came into effect in January 2012.

Bill 26 increased tightened 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 first 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
  • 30–day license suspension
  • Mandatory “Impact” course





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Penalties for a first 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 are now subject to criminal charges. Depending on the outcome of your case you could be facing:

  • Loss of license for 5 years, or indefinitely until resolution of criminal charges
  • A prison sentence (with two prior convictions)
  • 5-year mandatory ignition interlock program upon conviction.

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