Many people ask us, what are the legal limits before an impaired charge is laid? The fact is the limits in Alberta haven’t changed, only the penalties have. Drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeding 0.08 mg/% will be charged criminally and will receive an immediate licence suspension that lasts until the criminal charge is resolved. Their vehicle will also be seized for 3 days.
For drivers that are found with a BAC of 0.05 to 0.08 as a first offence there is an immediate 3-day licence suspension and a 3-day vehicle seizure. This is an administrative penalty and the driver will not be subject to criminal prosecution.
For new drivers, those who hold a Graduated Drivers Licence (GDL), there is zero tolerance for blood alcohol. If a GDL has any blood alcohol level there will be an immediate 30 day suspension and a 7 day vehicle seizure.
If you are found guilty of driving impaired with BAC 0.08 (or higher) you will have a permanent criminal record. This criminal record can impact your current and future employment, your ability to cross borders as well result in significant insurance increases. With respect to sentence, judges are at liberty to impose sizable fines with the possibility of incarceration depending upon the circumstances.
When you are charged with impaired driving the stakes are high. And when the stakes are high it’s essential you have quality representation. With years of experience and hundreds of clients successfully represented we’re here to help you.