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Roadlawyers understands how important your licence is to maintaining your lifestyle and even livelihood. If you’ve been charged with an impaired driving offence, acting quickly is paramount, as the Alberta Government gives you just 30 days to appeal the automatic suspension of your licence. With our wealth of knowledge and experience, we can quickly review your information and take the necessary steps to protect your driving privileges.
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REFUSAL TO BLOW BREATHALYZER
DEATH OR BODILY HARM
HIT AND RUN
Driving While Disqualified
FLIGHT FROM POLICE
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Under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 253(1)(a) while the person’s ability to operate the vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment is impaired by alcohol or a drug; or (b) having consumed alcohol in such a quantity that the concentration in the person’s blood exceeds eighty milligrams of alcohol in one hundred millilitres of blood. Any impairment of the ability to drive, no matter how slight, is sufficient to make out the offence. Unless a driver admits that he is under the influence or impaired, the Crown generally tries to prove this through leading evidence of an erratic manner of driving, difficulty with vision, comprehension or reaction times, difficulty with balance and coordination, difficulty with fine motor skills and slurred speech.
Refusal to blow breathalyzer
Refusal to blow breathalyzer is defined in Canada as failure to comply with a demand under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 254(5). There are several types of demands under s. 254, but the most common ones are a demand to provide a sample into an approved screening device (ASD) providing a sample of breath that in the officer’s opinion will enable a proper analysis to be made under s. 254(2)(b), and a demand to provide evidentiary samples under s. 254(3).
Death or bodily harm
Under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 253 (1)(a), everyone who commits an offence causing bodily harm to another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 10 years. Under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 253(1)(a), everyone who commits an offence causing the death of another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life. Upon charge or conviction, Alberta imposes three types of licence suspensions, federal, provincial and automatic licence suspension. The federal licence suspension can be longer than 3 years if the impaired driver caused bodily harm or death to another person. The provincial licence suspension can be for a period of 5 years if a person is found guilty for impaired driving causing bodily harm or death to another person.
Hit and run
Hit and run is defined in Canada as failure to stop at the scene of an accident under the Criminal Code and is subject to a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Canadians are also required to provide their name, address and licence number in writing according to s. 252(1) of the Criminal Code. A person found guilty on s. 252(1) of the Criminal Code becomes disqualified from driving a vehicle in Alberta for a period of 5 years.
Driving while disqualified
Under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 249(1) a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances, including the nature, condition and use of the place at which the motor vehicle is being operated and the amount of traffic that is present or might reasonably be expected at that time and place. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is dangerous driving, as well as driving while falling asleep. Although there are no Administrative Licence Suspensions for dangerous driving, there is a minimum 1 year licence suspension upon conviction, with no ability to reduce this period by installing the interlock ignition device.
ADMINISTRATIVE LICENCE SUSPENSIONS
Three (3) & Six (6) Month Suspension Section 88(1-7)
24 Hour Suspension Section 89
1 Month Suspension for Novice Drivers Section 90
General Power to Disqualify Section 91(1)
Operate Motor Vehicle While Unauthorized Section 94(1-2)
FLIGHT FROM POLICE
Under the Criminal Code of Canada s. 249.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, operating a motor vehicle while being pursued by a peace officer operating a motor vehicle, fails, without reasonable excuse and in order to evade the peace officer, to stop the vehicle as soon as is reasonable in the circumstances. That person on being found guilty becomes disqualified from driving a motor vehicle in Alberta for a period of 5 years from the day of the finding of guilt.
If you are convicted of any of the above offences you will be sentenced to a minimum one year criminal driving prohibition. This prohibition will prevent you from operating a motor vehicle on any street, road, highway, or other public place. If you operate a motor vehicle during your prohibition, you may be charged with an offence under section 259(4) of the Criminal Code. If you are convicted of driving while disqualified, your sentence may range from a fine to jail. Contact Us