Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood and refusing to provide a breath sample is categorized as impaired driving (not including administrative) offences in Canada. The Criminal Code provides a fine of $1000 for a first offence and a criminal conviction will also be registered on your permanent record. Subsequent drunk driving convictions may lead to 30 days in jail and penalties. A third strike will lead to a minimum punishment of 120 days in jail.
Our team understands the consequences of impaired driving convictions (not including administrative) and their impact on one's ability to work. At Hadford Defence Group, we have experience defending people who are facing impaired driving (not including administrative), driving over 80, and refusing breath samples when asked to comply. We will provide you with a robust defence and ensure that there are no harsh sanctions imposed. Call us now for a free consultation.
Refusing to provide a breath sample for the roadside screening device or an approved breathalyzer machine at the police station is considered a drinking and driving offence. This can lead to a criminal conviction, driving prohibition, license suspension. You may also be convicted of driving while impaired (not including administrative).
In order to be convicted the prosecutor will have to prove that the officer made a valid demand for the breath sample. Our team of lawyers will probe every aspect to understand if you failed to provide a sample due to a medical reason or a breathing disorder, inability to comprehend or any other valid reason.
Our team will review your case to understand if the police officer has made a lawful demand for the breath sample and take a look at all the facts surrounding the demand before we proceed. We understand the effect a refusal to give breath sample conviction can have on your livelihood and future opportunities, we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that your constitutional rights are not violated.
Loss of livelihood
Loss of drivers license
Issues with immigration and citizenship applications
Deemed ineligible for certain jobs and opportunities
If you are facing a charge of drinking and driving-related charge, speak to us today. We serve clients across Southern Alberta.