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March 2016 Archives

What is a breathalyzer test?

Most Alberta residents have never seen a breathalyzer device and do not know exactly what it is. The breathalyzer device is a special machine that analyzes the amount of alcohol in your blood. When the machine is done doing its job, it provides a figure relating to your blood alcohol content (BAC). That figure represents the percentage of alcohol in your bloodstream.

22-year-old charged in fatal drunk driving crash

A tragic car accident happened on Feb. 27 in which a 71-year-old man lost his life. Police say that an intoxicated woman, who was already barred from driving, was operating a stolen Honda Civic that hit the man. The man was driving a Buick Regal at the time of the collision, which happened at approximately 1 a.m.

Using the truth during a criminal defense

Calgary residents can find themselves in trouble with the law for any variety of reasons. Perhaps the individual was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time and is completely innocent of the allegations. Or he or she could have committed the crime in question but has a very good excuse for breaking the law. In the latter situations, the "defense of truth" can be a very powerful path to take in one's criminal defense. In fact, there might be a lot of situations in which an individual had no choice but to break the law, and courts are generally open to such explanations if they are reasonable.

Affirmative defenses against drunk driving charges

When it comes to getting arrested and accused of drunk driving, Alberta residents do not simply have to accept the charges. Indeed, there are some criminal defense strategies that one might be able to employ in order to try to get the charges dismissed and/or achieve a verdict of not guilty. Among those defense strategies are those referred to as "affirmative" defenses, which involve admitting to committing the crime while providing a reasonable excuse for doing so. There are five categories of affirmative defenses.

Alberta Impaired Driving Program for New Drivers

Alberta has zero tolerance for drinking and driving, but not just for experienced adult drivers. New drivers of any age are subject to the zero tolerance policy. As a matter of fact, there is a program against drunk driving just for new drivers. It is called AZAT for short, meaning "Alberta Zero Alcohol Tolerance."

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