The best answer to this question is “Immediately!” Your legal jeopardy in a DUI case begins as soon as the police detain you. Everything that you say and do is being observed by the police and will be used against you in court. Even the most innocent answer that you may give will be used against you, and very often your answers and even your mannerisms will be misrepresented by the police in court as signs of impairment.
Do I Need a DUI Lawyer?
Yes! Yes! Yes! More importantly, however, you need to hire a top DUI lawyer in Alberta in order to have the best chance of avoiding a conviction. The Impaired Driving sections of the Criminal Code are the most technical and your criminal defence lawyer needs to know every aspect of those sections in order to properly plan your defence.
What are the consequences of a conviction?
The consequences of being convicted for impaired driving or for refusing to provide a sample has recently changed as of Dec 18, 2018. The government has made the penalties far greater and therefore they will have far greater consequences. It is almost assured now that if you’re convicted of impaired driving, you will not be able to travel to the United States. This is as the result of the increase in penalties that the government has imposed for impaired driving convictions. If you are not a Canadian Citizen, there is a very likely chance that the government may try to deport you, again, because of the increase in the penalty provisions brought in by the Liberal Government. At the very least, your prospects for employment will be greatly diminished because of the criminal record and your prospects of getting motor vehicle insurance will also be very difficult.
Finding a DUI Lawyer
With the advance of the internet, almost anybody can design a flashy website, and tell you that they are the best lawyer for the job. As with anything else in life, it’s your duty to sort through the information to prove that you are getting the best DUI lawyer in Alberta that you can get. Look for a website that includes testimonials so that you can learn from the experiences of other people. You should be able to grasp the kind of experience the lawyer has by reading client testimonials.
In summary, if you are charged with impaired driving, your first call should be to Timothy Dunlap who has a long and verified record of success in dealing with these cases. From your first interview with Mr. Dunlap, you will undoubtedly be sure of his expertise, confidence and commitment to resolving your case. We urge you to contact us immediately after you are charged and book an appointment to discuss your case.
CTA: Dunlap Law provides the legal support and representation you need for your criminal case. Dunlap law is experienced with impaired driving or criminal offence cases. Send an email to [email protected] or give us a call. Calgary: (403) 474-8222 | Edmonton: (780) 428-2267 | Toll Free: 1-866-247-2264