Impaired Driving Lawyers Serving Edmonton, AB
Are You Seeking Impaired Driving Or Dui Attorneys In Edmonton?
Impaired Driving is the charge under s.253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. It is also commonly referred to as DUI or Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Under the Influence or Driving While Impaired or Drunk Driving. All of these describe the same Criminal Offence of Impaired Driving. This charge is focused on the effect of the consumption of alcohol or a drug on your ability to operate a motor vehicle. This charge is not focused on the results of analysis of your breath samples. In order to be convicted of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle (or DUI or Impaired Driving or Drunk Driving) the Crown Prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that your ability to operate your motor vehicle was Impaired. Impairment can be to any degree from mild to severe. In other words you do not need to be grossly intoxicated to be convicted. However, the Impairment must be of your ability to operate or drive your motor vehicle. Evidence of mild impairment that does not relate to the ability to drive will not be sufficient to prove the offence has been committed.
If you have been charged with Impaired Diving / DUI/ Drunk Driving, the consequences if you are convicted can be severe. In addition to paying a fine, you will be subject to a lengthy driving prohibition or suspension and a possible Criminal Record. In addition, you can expect your Insurance rates to skyrocket by as much as 300%. You should seriously consider obtaining legal advice if you are facing a charge or Impaired Driving or DUI.
Brian McGlashan and the team at McGlashan and Mackinnon have over 20 years of experience with Impaired Driving and DUI charges. We provide aggressive representation but we will also tell you the truth about your case so that you can make an informed decision.
If you would like to learn more about the legal definitions and application of these legal principles, you may like to read the leading court cases that define the offence of Impaired operation of a motor vehicle:
R. v. Stellato (Ontario Court of Appeal, affirmed by Supreme Court of Canada):
R. v. Andrews (Alberta Court of Appeal):