The Truth About Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta

The Severity of Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta

When it comes to impaired driving penalties in Alberta, there are two major determining factors to consider. The first; whether it is the offender’s first, second or third impaired driving offence, and the second, is which type of driving license the individual has.

Individuals driving with a Graduated Driving License, or GDL, will fall subject to the Zero Tolerance Policy, and may face more severe consequences. When considering whether an offence is the first, second, or third, a period of 10 years is considered. Therefore, if an individual had received an initial DUI charge in 2001, and a second DUI charge in 2013, the charge in 2013 would be seen as another first offence, not a second.

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Impaired Driving Penalties in Alberta

If you are found to have been driving drunk, or driving under the influence, there are a number of penalties you may be issued.

The penalties for impaired driving in Alberta may include:

  • vehicle seizure
  • a fine upwards of $1,000
  • an increased insurance rate, which may skyrocket as high as 300%
  • a lengthy driving license revocation or license suspension
  • requirement to pay for, and participate in Alberta’s Ignition Interlock program
  • requirement to pay for, and attend an impaired driving course
  • a possible criminal record
  • imprisonment

For a detailed outline on the consequences and penalties for impaired driving in Alberta, you may refer to this detailed list by the Edmonton Police Service.

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Brian McGlashan
Brian McGlashan, co-founder of McGlashan & Company was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995. Brian has appeared in all levels of Alberta Courts. Brian practices criminal law with a primary focus on Impaired Driving charges (DUI). Brian is a member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association.

McGlashan & Company is an Edmonton Criminal Law Firm located just south of Edmonton’s historic Whyte Avenue.

Brian McGlashan has been defending DUI/Impaired Driving charges in Edmonton for over 20+ years.