DUI & IMPAIRED DRIVING
The law on impaired driving is constantly changing but the changes which took place on December 18, 2018 are among the most significant in decades. Those amendments will likely affect you, whether you were charged before or after that date. Defending people under the new legislation requires ingenuity and a strong depth of knowledge on the part of the lawyer. Gunn Law Group has the skills to help you through this.
Gunn Law Group is known for its decades of experience in cases relating to driving under the influence (DUI) and impaired driving in Edmonton.
As soon as you contact us by email or phone, you will be able to talk to a DUI lawyer, free of charge, about your options with respect to the DUI charge. That lawyer will give you information about the first steps you need to take in order to find out if you have defences worth taking to court. We will tell you about processes which allow you to get your license back and drive until your trial date. The impaired driving lawyer will provide important information about deadlines in DUI cases in Alberta that you have to meet in order to exercise those options. We will also be brutally honest. Either you have arguments or you don’t. We will ensure that, whether you plead guilty or not guilty, your decision is a fully informed one that you will be comfortable with years down the road.
Bruce Gunn excelled in defending impaired driving offences. Impaired driving, also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Impaired) and drunk driving all refer to the same thing. Impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit and refusal cases are charges which many lawyers do not feel comfortable defending. That is understandable. With the dramatic changes in the legislation in 2018, the law in this area has become even more complex. If impaired driving law is not one’s passion, then one cannot excel at it. The law changes almost daily and our criminal defence lawyers have received the training they need to know about the scientific background behind the breath-testing procedures currently in use. Bruce Gunn had the imagination, creativity, knowledge and determination needed to successfully defend impaired driving cases. The defence lawyers he trained at Gunn Law Group, and those who have joined the firm since his passing, are well-positioned to launch a vigorous defence of these cases.
Our firm stands out in the areas of impaired driving, DUI, DWI, over .08, and refusal charges. If you look at our flagship cases, you will see that Gunn Law Group has been instrumental in developing the law on impaired driving in Alberta and elsewhere. Most of our impaired driving lawyers have taken specialized training on breath-testing instruments such as the Intoxilyzer 5000C, the Intoxilyzer 8000C and Intox EC IR II. Impaired driving, DUI and DWI files are the cases we take to trial every day. Once we review disclosure, we will give you an honest opinion about whether or not you should take your case to trial. If our opinion is that it is worth litigating, you can expect a strong, well-prepared defence at trial.
We also have lawyers with significant experience defending Criminal Code offences other than impaired driving charges, and who will ensure that you receive excellent representation whatever the offence alleged.
What is Ignition Interlock?
The ignition interlock, which is installed in some cases, is a blood alcohol screening device which only lets the car switch on once it checks the blood alcohol level of the driver. The device is connected to the vehicle’s ignition system. A person convicted of impaired driving in Edmonton may be allowed to use an interlock after a stipulated period of time has passed since his or her driver’s license being suspended. The ignition interlocker also involves additional charges which include the program fee, installation fee and a monthly monitoring fee. The device can be obtained from private companies.