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Impaired driving first offence results in license suspension

If you are charged with impaired driving, even if it is a first offence, you will have your license suspended. It is called an administrative license suspension. A temporary operator's permit will be issued when you are released from police custody. You can use the temporary permit for up to 21 days to give you time to find alternate transportation to and from work and to other necessary places. Once the 21 days are up, a three-month suspension will be in force.

What happens if I get caught driving while my license is under suspension? If you are caught driving with a suspended license and it is your first offence, you will have to appear in court and answer to the charge. Your vehicle will also be seized for 30 days. If convicted, you could be fined and/or face additional penalties. 

What are the consequences for my first offence of driving while impaired? If you refuse a breathalyzer test, or are convicted of impaired driving - blood alcohol content exceeding 80 mg - a monetary fine of $600 or more, along with suspension of your driving privileges for one year, are the typical consequences. If requested, a judge may allow you to forfeit part of the driver's license suspension period by having a breathalyzer device installed on your vehicle. This instrument would be installed at your expense.

If you are charged with impaired driving in Calgary, an attorney can speak to the judge on your behalf. Being granted an interlock device in lieu of a suspended license does not happen automatically. It must be a request that is made to the judge or the courts. 

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