You may have been charged with an impaired driving offence in Calgary (also known as “drunk driving”) if police believe that you have operated your vehicle while being substantially under the influence of alcohol or drugs to such a degree that it affects your ability to operate safely. The criminal penalties for impaired driving offences can be severe and include a mandatory driver’s licence suspension. The Alberta Government established specialized units to prosecute these types of charges and they are notoriously technical in nature, requiring a criminal lawyer who has committed to a niche practice in this area of law. Go here
As a former Crown Prosecutor from 2003-2005, David Chow understands that a properly defended impaired driving case often involves very technical defences. It is also one of the few criminal offences that trigger applications to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He has dedicated his practice to defending DUI cases and is well versed in all aspects of defending an impaired driving prosecution.
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There is practically nothing about breathalyzer equipment, roadside sobriety tests, chemical testing or the Charter that Alan Pearse does not know and understand. He is the author of the legal textbook A Guide to Breathalyzer Certificates in Canada, published by Canada Law Book and he has been defending DUI cases since 2000.
It is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible if you have been charged with DUI or impaired driving in Calgary or any other province. A conviction for a DUI will remain on your criminal record forever and can seriously impair your employment, immigration and travel prospects, and affect your insurance premiums. Moreover, it is not always possible to have the DUI charge dropped, or reduced if you are not in custody.