Third Offence for Impaired Driving in Alberta

If you have been charged with a third time offence for drunk driving, you are facing the most severe penalties under Alberta’s driving laws. These charges will have a lasting impact on your life, and will affect your ability to work, your family, finances, and reputation.

According to the Criminal code, an impaired driving offence is defined as operating or assisting with the operation of a motor vehicle – while in motion or not – if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. If you have been previously convicted of impaired driving, or are a repeat offender, you can face a lengthy jail sentence, indefinite suspension of your license, a criminal record, and substantial fines.

Third Offence With a Blood Alcohol Content Between .05-.08

If you have been charged with having a BAC between .05 and .08, and this is your third impaired driving offence, you could be facing the following penalties:

  • 30-day license suspension
  • 7-day vehicle seizure
  • Fines
  • Mandatory “Impact” course

Third Offence over .08

If you have been charged with a third offence, and were found to have a blood alcohol content over .08, you are now facing several life changing penalties including:

  • Minimum 5-year license suspension
  • Minimum 120 day jail sentence
  • A permanent criminal record
  • Termination of employment, and difficulty obtaining future jobs
  • Minimum 1-year ignition interlock device
  • Insurance increases
  • Mandatory treatment programs and corrective classes
  • Prohibition from working or caring for children

Refusing the Breathalyzer Test in Alberta

If you have been pulled over for suspected drunk driving, the officer will likely demand that you submit a breath sample to determine your blood alcohol content. Failure, or refusal to provide a breath sample will result in an automatic DUI charge, and carries the same penalties as being charged with a BAC over .08. In the event that you are physically incapable of taking the breathalyzer test, the law enforcement officer will request a blood sample. Again, if you refuse to provide a blood sample, you will be automatically charged with impaired driving.

DUI Lawyers Serving Grande-Prairie

A third time DUI charge can completely derail your life. If you are facing charges associated with your third impaired driving offence, you will need an experienced DUI lawyer to help you defend your case. The lawyers at Slaferek Callihoo will review your case and make sure that you are aware of all of the options available to you. Call us today, and we will fight to reduce the charges against you.