Drinking & Driving

Immediate Roadside Sanction (IRS)

This program came into effect in Alberta on December 1, 2020 and largely replaces Criminal charges for Impaired driving.

If you are stopped by police and “fail” the roadside breathalyzer you will be subject to severe penalties. The same is true if you refuse or are physically unable to blow into the breathalyzer and provide an adequate breath sample. The penalties include:

  • Licence Suspension – 90 days (beginning immediately)
  • Mandatory 12 month participation in the Ignition Interlock Program.
  • Vehicle Seizure – 30 days.
  • Fine – $1,000 plus 20% surcharge.

The penalties if you get caught a 2nd or 3rd time increase dramatically!

Learn more about the penalties here.

You only have 7 days from the time the police charged you to appeal these penalties by filing for an IRS Review.

Call or contact as soon as possible, as we have conducted hundreds of IRS Reviews and similar reviews at the Transportation Safety Board. We can assess whether you may succeed in your appeal and conduct the IRS Review on your behalf.

One Mistake Should Not Ruin Your Life

Impaired Driving Charges

Impaired driving charges can include driving while impaired, driving while your blood alcohol concentration is over the legal limit, and refusing or failing to provide a breath or blood sample.

At our Calgary-based defence firm, Muenz Criminal Law, we offer personalized criminal defence strategies to help protect your legal rights and privileges.

What Are You Facing?

If you are convicted of impaired driving, you will receive a criminal record, a fine, a driving prohibition, and significant increases in your insurance rates. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could also be facing incarceration.

If you are charged with impaired driving, you will also likely receive an immediate 15-month provincial license suspension. Part of our legal strategy includes arguing in front of the Alberta Transportation Safety Board as to why your license suspension should be cancelled.

At Muenz Criminal Law, we will thoroughly review the circumstances of your case and evaluate the strength of the Crown’s case against you. We will identify possible defences in your case, including violations of your constitutional rights, and weaknesses or inconsistencies in the police records. We will help you understand your options as well as the potential consequences of the choices you will have to make.

Our firm will help you develop a defence strategy that aligns with your priorities, whether it is reinstating your driver’s license, avoiding a criminal record, or pleading guilty to a lesser offence. An impaired driving conviction can have devastating consequences so you need an experienced criminal defence lawyer in your corner.

Start Working on Your Defence Today

Get in touch with our defence firm to find out how we can help you.

Call 403 543-6666 or send us an email using our online form.

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