An estimated 8,600 people are convicted of DUI offences each year in Alberta. The consequences of such actions are both swift and severe. As such, if you’ve recently been charged with a DUI, it’s important to learn what your options are, as well as what the best course of action is for your particular circumstance.
At Batting, Wyman, our team of impaired driving lawyers in Calgary is here to help you see the layout and the possibilities, and then to guide you through the process of dealing with DUI charges appropriately.
Keep reading to learn about what your options are if you’ve been charged with a DUI.
Consequences of Being Charged With a DUI in Alberta
Upon being charged with a DUI in Alberta, the consequences will be handed down swiftly, and the gravity of the situation will be felt in their severity. Alberta has very strict and relentless penalties for this offence.
First, you will obviously lose your licence, and with it, the privilege of driving. Second, your vehicle will be impounded (which you will be responsible for paying). And with a $100 towing fee (on average) and a $30 payment for each day your car remains in the lot – the cost can add up quite quickly.
There are very severe penalties if you drive with a suspended licence, such as:
- Additional six -months of licence suspension
- Fine of $2,000 that, if not paid, could result in 6 months behind bars
- A conviction could mean a 5-year prison sentence
Alberta’s Educational Alcohol Programs
If you have been charged with a DUI, you’ll have to enroll in an educational alcohol program. Such classes are provided by AMA (Alberta Motor Association) as a prerequisite to receiving your licence again.
If you’re a first-time offender, the Planning Ahead class will be the one to enroll in; this program educates people on how to make wise decisions in regards to their alcohol intake.
You will have to pay the $225 fee to participate in the program.
If you’re a repeat offender, then enrolling in a more extensive and rigorous program will be required. These classes involve you undergoing evaluations and treatment for alcohol or drug dependency.
You will have to pay a $750 fee to participate in this program.
Batting, Wyman Can Help With Your DUI Charge
Everyone makes mistakes. As such, we here at Batting, Wyman believe that our inaccuracies are an opportunity to grow and learn – provided we vow to not repeat such errors in judgement again. With that being said, if you need assistance or some guidance through a DUI charge, contact our office for a free consultation.