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Plea bargains important part of Canadian criminal process

According to the guidelines for Disposition Agreements between Crown and Defence, resolution agreements or plea agreements "further the fair and efficient administration of justice." It encourages prosecutors to participate in such discussions and to follow Early Case Resolutions Guidelines to resolve cases quickly when possible.

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 are the ramifications for impaired driving in Alberta?

Alberta is tough on impaired drivers. As a matter of fact, if you are arrested for impaired driving, you should do whatever you can to have those charges revoked or minimized. Multiple offences mean tougher sentencing. In addition to loss of reputation, insurance cost increases, licence suspension and vehicle seizure, you may find yourself struggling to keep your job or get to work.

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