In Canada, driving is a privilege not a right, however having your license taken away or suspended due to driving related convictions will be extremely difficult in the short term and will entail long term consequences fo your insurance rate and your ability to be licensed and earn a living and to fulfill obligations to your family. The landscape of driving related offences in Alberta has changed and is constantly evolving; we can can, contact us for a free consultation.
Examples of driving charges:
- Dangerous driving
- Driving while prohibited
- Driving without a license
- Failing to report an accident
- Impaired driving/DUI
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Street racing/excessive speed
Driving offences are common criminal charges.
Alberta’s Impaired driving laws: SafeRoads Alberta
Police can now issue Immediate Roadside Sanctions (including fines, licence suspensions and vehicle seizures) for Impaired Driving offences without laying Criminal Charges.
In 2020, Alberta enacted new provincial laws for dealing with impaired drivers. In most cases, if you are charged with your first impaired driving offence, you will be charged under the new Provincial Administrative Penalties Act instead of the Criminal Code.
With that said, in addition to the roadside sanction, charges may still be criminally charged depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge.
What do I do if I am issued an Immediate Roadside Sanction?
If you are issued an Immediate Roadside Sanction, you have 7-days to file an appeal. It’s important to get in contact with an experienced defence lawyer ASAP to ensure your rights to appeal are preserved.
The lawyers at Loyalty Law Group have over 30 years of combined experience defending impaired driving charges in Edmonton or anywhere in Alberta. We have a proven record of getting the best results for our clients across Alberta. We are available 24 hours a day to assist you if you have been arrested.
Loyalty Law Group, a top criminal defence law firm in Edmonton, can represent you if you are charged with an impaired driving offence. The lawyers at this firm have experience mitigating and preventing the severe consequences of these charges by defending clients in court.