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Saskatoon Impaired Driving Lawyers

Do you need a DUI, impaired driving, criminal defence lawyer? Is it your first, second or third offence? Your sentence for an impaired driving conviction will be increased if you have prior convictions. Call our Saskatoon DUI impaired driving lawyers team now for a free consultation about your case.

Drinking and Driving and Driving under the Influence

There have been some fairly significant changes recently to the Canadian Criminal Code. The Criminal Code of Canada was amended in late 2018 to includes changes to the impaired driving legal landscape, making these laws amongst the strongest in the world.

Previously, officers can only make a breath demand to drivers if they had a reasonable suspicion the person was impaired. Now, with the new laws, police officers can demand breathalyzer tests from any driver they pull over. Any driver who refuses to take the test can be charged.

Before the new changes in the impaired driving laws were implemented, drivers could use the “bolus drinking defence” and “intervening drinking defence” to beat a DUI charge or impaired driving charge, by arguing that the accused consumed alcohol just before driving and it was not absorbed yet at the time they were pulled over. These were commonly used defences in DUI and impaired driving cases.

Prior to the passage of the updated impaired laws, the bolus drinking and intervening drinking defences could be relied upon by people charged with impaired driving. The updated Criminal Code eliminates these defence arguments entirely, by making it illegal to be at or over the alcohol limit within two hours of driving.

In other words it will be automatically presumed by law that your blood alcohol concentration within two hours of driving was your blood alcohol concentration at the time of driving.

Under the new law, the onus is now on the accused person to demonstrate that the blood alcohol concentration results were inflated to be over the legal limit by drinking that happened after they were driving.

This argument needs expert evidence of a toxicologist to be provided at trial. If the accused individual is successful in showing this at trial, the presumption of drunk driving will be rebutted.

The new wording is included at s. 420.14 of the Criminal Code reads as follows:

Operation while impaired

320.14 (1) Everyone commits an offence who

(a) operates a conveyance while the person’s ability to operate it is impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or by a combination of alcohol and a drug;

(b) subject to subsection (5), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood alcohol concentration that is equal to or exceeds 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood;

(c) subject to subsection (6), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood drug concentration that is equal to or exceeds the blood drug concentration for the drug that is prescribed by regulation; or

(d) subject to subsection (7), has, within two hours after ceasing to operate a conveyance, a blood alcohol concentration and a blood drug concentration that is equal to or exceeds the blood alcohol concentration and the blood drug concentration for the drug that are prescribed by regulation for instances where alcohol and that drug are combined

Why do you need to hire a DUI, impaired, or drunk driving lawyer? Because so much is at stake. Think about it: If you are convicted of a DUI or impaired driving charge there will be extreme consequences– you will have a permanent criminal record and lose your driver’s licence. The more convictions you have, the more severe the penalty. You could lose your job. There will be significant fines and you will have to attend treatment classes.

An experienced Saskatoon DUI lawyer regularly deals with:

  • .08 BAC charges
  • DUIs
  • Impaired operation of motor vehicle by drugs or alcohol
  • Impaired care and control
  • Dangerous driving
  • Impaired causing injury or death

If you are facing criminal charges such as an impaired driving charge, DUI, 0.08, refusal to blow, or another offence under the Criminal Code, it is very important that you speak to a Saskatoon impaired lawyer or Saskatoon DUI lawyer right away.

We will closely review your impaired driving case – because we know that your freedom could be at stake. Drunk driving, Impaired Driving, Failure to Blow, etc represent a considerable part of the cases we handle for our clients.

Serious criminal charges in Canada will be laid for driving while impaired by alcohol or drug, includes illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, etc, as well as over the counter or prescription medication.

DUI or driving under the influence offences might seem simple to the non-lawyer, but actually impaired driving offences involve a lot of complex legal and factual considerations.

There can be many technical defences. There are more ways to defend against impaired driving charges than you may expect. You need competent and experienced criminal defence lawyers in your corner.

New impaired driving laws were passed in Canada in 2018. The result is that some of the traditional strategies of legal defence against these charges will no longer work.

This webpage will set out the new law in full and explain it in lay terms, however with these new laws only recently coming into effect, much of the comment is speculation at this stage. These cases will need to be tested and pronounced upon by the courts before the legal landscape becomes 100% clear.

So what are the specific different kinds of Impaired Driving Criminal Offences?

There are basically three main types of alcohol related impaired driving offences:

  • Drug Impaired Driving
  • Alcohol Impaired Driving, including driving with a blood alcohol level of over .08, and
  • Refusal/Failure to Provide a Breath or Blood Sample.

When you are facing charges of driving while impaired, or driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit (i.e. a level of over .08 alcohol to blood concentration) , we strongly urge you to take the matter seriously and to get representation by a Saskatoon impaired driving lawyer specialized in this area.

If convicted, at a minimum you can expect that your drivers’ licence will get suspended for one year and your insurance premiums will go up.

While it may be tempting to plead guilty to a drinking and driving offence or a drug impaired driving charge without a lawyer and in the hopes of receiving a lesser penalty and in order to potentially avoid court proceedings, you need to know that under the Criminal Code there are now mandatory minimum penalties so a judge cannot just take pity on you or go easy on you out of the kindest of his or her heart.

There are mandatory minimums and you will be stuck with a criminal record too.

If you have been arrested and charged with drinking and driving or you otherwise face an impaired driving charge, you really need competent and experienced legal defence counsel.

This is most important that you obtain qualified legal advice from a Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer. You may be searching for a Saskatoon DUI lawyer, or a Saskatoon impaired driving lawyer, or else a Saskatoon drinking and driving lawyer. Our lawyers can advise you so that you may in turn make the best decision about your impaired driving case.

Despite the new law in force and despite what you may have heard, there still exist defences which make it the right choice for you to go to trial in certain factual circumstances. This is the only way to potentially be acquitted of the offence you have been charged with.

Criminal charges are only allegations until they are proven in Court. A qualified and experienced drinking and driving lawyer who has handled many cases successfully will have the best knowledge to assess your case.

 

We have offices in Saskatoon, Regina, and Moose Jaw. Our team of Saskatoon criminal lawyers regularly handle cases all across Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada.

Our Saskatoon drinking and driving lawyers are ready to help you with your impaired driving or DUI charges. Call us for a free and confidential consultation or fill out the form on this page if you want us to be in touch by email or call you back at a more convenient time. Just let us know.

Saskatoon Impaired Driving – What are Possible Defences to Impaired Driving Charges?

It is certainly a mistake to presume that simply because you blew over the legal limit of .08, that you therefore have zero chance of being acquitted as a result. You owe it to yourself to have a competent and qualified Saskatoon criminal lawyer evaluate the case against you, prior to simply entering a guilty plea willy nilly.

You may have defences available as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A qualified Saskatoon drunk driving lawyer will look at the police disclosure file to see:

  1. delays during the procedure,
  2. the collection of breath sample or blood sample,
  3. the arrest of the individual,
  4. was there probable cause, what were the symptoms,
  5. how and why was the vehicle stopped or intercepted,
  6. policeman’s notes handling.

Police officers have several rules and procedures they must strictly follow. Any one of the above, if it were not handled properly by the arresting officer, could in certain circumstances provide you with a full defence to the criminal charges.

Probable cause is important: In many cases, it might be possible for your Saskatoon DUI lawyer to successfully raise as a defence a lack of symptoms of impairment which needs to have been observed and noted by the police in order to show the probable cause as to why he or she had the suspicion to stop you for driving under the influence. A good criminal lawyer can also sometimes successfully challenge or cast significant doubt in the view point of the judge hearing the trial on the observation of these symptoms through effective cross examination of the policeman or policewoman who will be called to testify.

It will be often lead to a credibility debate, which will be assessed during a trial. The new laws now make it different than it was before and you should talk to a Saskatoon criminal lawyer about your specific case.

We hear about people getting off on a technicality and it does happen from time to time.

In some cases the police do not turn up on the trial date. If that happens you will likely be acquitted. This does happen more often than you would believe.

Our experienced and hardworking Saskatoon DUI lawyers will be best able to determine if all these obligations were adhered to only after receiving the full police disclosure file and scouring it for possible avenues to attack the prosecution’s and police’s evidence that they are relying on.

It is important that our criminal defence lawyers check that all the evidence required for our own evaluation of the case against you was properly provided to us by the prosecution during the appearance.

Your lawyer may have to obtain disclosure of the missing evidence. Or else it can become an issue for trial if there are holes in the prosecution’s case or if full disclosure was not provided.

If, following such a required and detailed analysis, your Saskatoon drunk driving lawyer concludes that the police have in fact failed in their obligations or legal duties, the Saskatoon criminal lawyer can explain in detail what the likely procedure at trial will be and help to assess or predict what your chances of success at trial will be.

Each case needs to be properly evaluated in order to determine your likely chances of a successful trial outcome should you proceed to trial. Another defence can be that not every element constituting the offence is proven at trial.

This can sometimes happen due to errors made by the prosecutor in presenting the evidence. The prosecutor has to prove every element beyond a reasonable doubt. There are probably more technical defences possible in DUI and drunk driving cases than most other areas of criminal law.

And sometimes these issues are unforeseen and unforced errors by the police and prosecutors that only happen at trial and are not predictable in advance.

A defence can sometimes be mounted on the basis that there was not a proper use of and proper functioning Breathalyzer machine. In these cases it may be possible to present a defence by attacking the proper functioning of the machine or its use.

The police disclosure package will show how often the Breathalyzer machine got tested and serviced. There may be a defence here although it becomes more complex, and it usually requires the intervention of an expert in the field called to testify on behalf of the accused, which does add to the cost as, in addition to your defence lawyer, the expert will also need to be paid.

Again until the disclosure by the crown is evaluated, you will not know whether you have a good shot at beating the DUI or impaired driving charges. It is highly technical and you should have a qualified DUI lawyer look into it for you.

Failure to Blow / Refusal to Comply

If you have been charged with failing to comply with the demand made by the police officer for you to have provided a breath sample or a blood sample, you automatically commit an offence.

You should always blow when demanded to do so. There could be a defence that you did agree to blow but that would be a very peculiar fact situation and is not common. You would need to let us know what happened when you speak to us.

Call now to speak to one of our capable Saskatoon DUI lawyers to evaluate whether a defence may be possible in your case.

Care or Control of a Vehicle while Impaired

You can be charged with having care and control even with the engine turned off.

There are so many wrong assumptions that non-lawyers make pertaining to the care and control charge. The elements to be considered by the courts in order to find a person guilty of having the care and control of a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a drug has been recently clarified under Canadian law.

To find out your chances of being acquitted of such an offence, call us and consult with a Saskatoon drinking and driving lawyer now.

Driving while Impaired by Drugs

The Criminal code impaired driving laws in force in Canada create three different types of drug impaired offences:

  • the summary conviction offence,
  • the drug impairment hybrid offence, and
  • the mixed drug and alcohol impairment hybrid offence.

The crown prosecutor has some choices and elections to make. A hybrid offence refers to this and what it means is that the prosecutor can decide to proceed summarily or by indictment.

You might be charged with the summary offence if you are found to have between 2 nanograms and 5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood. THC is the active compound in cannabis or marijuana. Whereas if you are accused of having had over 5 ng of THC per ml of blood, or if you are found to have even a trace of LSD, psilocybin, psilocin, ketamine, PCP, cocaine, methamphetamine, you will be charged with this offence.

And likewise you can be charged with this offence if you are found to have heroin in your system, or if you are found to have over 5 mg of GHB per ml of blood.

Methods to defend against such charges will be developed as cases are tried in the courts. These are very new laws so there is not much by way of case law precedent. A competent criminal lawyer will be able to put your best defences forward if charged with any of the above.

The second also hybrid offence is for mixed alcohol and drug impairment. For instance if you are accused to have had over 50 mg of alcohol (i.e. .05 as opposed to the ordinary .08) as well as over 2.5 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood, you can be charged with this particular offence.

Unlike with alcohol screening though, the police officer has to have formed some reasonable grounds of suspicion against you. In other words there has to be probable cause and a reasonable suspicion that you were impaired by drugs prior to their demanding that you provide an fluid sample orally.

The Impaired Driving Laws, a part of Criminal Code of Canada, create a selection of new impaired driving offences that target drug-impaired driving. Be aware that even if you are allowed medically to smoke marijuana, this offers no defence to the driving under the influence charge of drug impairment while driving.

In fact the Criminal Code now has three totally new offences that will depend on the level of THC that is detected in your saliva.

There is therefore understandably a lot of uncertainty currently in this area of drug impaired driving as these are new laws. Competent Saskatoon criminal charges defence lawyers will have their work cut out for them.

This is new to the police also, and it is reasonable to predict that evidence gathering and handling may be made with some errors sufficient to raise a reasonable doubt. We also do not know what the courts and judges will make of the evidence since these laws are all new.

Offences still need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. The science to support these charges is all new. These charges will need to be proven in court by police and prosecutions to the criminal standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.

It is supposed that in terms of the defence tactics to be used by criminal defence lawyers that they will likely be similar to the prior .08, DUI, and impaired driving defences. New and novel technical defences and arguments may emerge. In relation to cannabis and marijuana specifically there is not any real scientific consensus between THC blood or saliva concentrations and the effect on impairment on an individual.

Driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of over .08 (i.e. over the legal limit)

Police must now get the breath sample within two hours of the time that they first came to believe that the offence of drunk driving occurred. If they do not meet this two hour deadline, then the reading they get off of the tests should not be considered accurate enough regarding your level of impairment at the time you were stopped.

The results from the test can still be admitted as evidence against you, although in this case the prosecution lawyer for the police will need to call an expert toxicologist to give evidence to prove what your level of blood alcohol would have been at the time you were behind the wheel.

In such cases your criminal defence lawyers may wish to consider calling our own expert toxicologist witness. In .08 cases whether you looked impaired or not becomes basically irrelevant.

Pursuant to s. 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code, you will be charged with driving with a blood alcohol level of over .08 where the results of a breath test or else a blood test show that you were behind the wheel whilst having a blood alcohol concentration of over .08 whilst driving.

The new Criminal Code provisions create a new regime for handling mandatory minimum punishments for first time offenders who are found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration of over .08. If convicted of driving while over the legal limit (registering a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.08), you will face the following penalties:

  • First DUI charge or offence (resulting in a conviction): one year driving suspension; minimum $1,000 fine.
  • Second charge or offence (resulting in a conviction): three year driving suspension; minimum 30 days in prison.
  • Third offence or greater: five year licence suspension; minimum 120 days in prison.
  • If you caused a car accident, bodily harm, or death while you were drunk – you could be looking at a lengthy custodial sentence, meaning jail time or imprisonment. Talk to a lawyer before you do anything else.

For first time offenders with a blood alcohol level over .16 (double the legal limit), the mandatory minimum fine is $2,000. If you are not a first-time offender, or your blood alcohol concentration was under 120, then the mandatory minimum penalties listed above would have application.

So it is on a scale of blood alcohol concentration with scaled penalties. First time offenders with a blood alcohol level of between 120 and 159, will get a mandatory minimum fine of $1,500.

As stated, for a second offence of DUI, you will receive a minimum 30 days imprisonment. For a third DUI conviction, you will receive at a minimum 120 days of imprisonment. Also the fine for failing to provide a breath test or blood sample has now been raised to a $2,000 minimum.

There are many things that a capable and nuanced Saskatoon .08 lawyer will have to consider if they may be able to do to get you off on the charges. There can be human error in the administering of the Breathalyzer device. The machine itself may have been faulty.

Breathalyzer machines are not perfect and can give false results. Was the sample given as soon as possible as required by the law—if not we can argue your Charter rights were breached? Was the machine operating properly or was it faulty? Was the breath test administered correctly? And also were the results from the machine interpreted properly by the officers? I

f a sufficient reasonable doubt is raised in the mind of the judge, the court may decide that any results from the Breathalyzer cannot be used against you. In these cases the charges are usually thrown out and you get acquitted.

Contact Saskatoon DUI and Impaired Driving Criminal Defence Lawyers Today — We Can Help!

Alcohol-Impaired Driving

Under s. 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code, you may be charged with impaired driving if the policeman believes you are impaired by alcohol while driving.  Usually they will give you the Breathalyzer test. If you register over .08 they are more likely to charge you with DUI or over .08.

If any issues arise in the course of administering the breath test yet the police officer still believes they can prove impairment without the test results, the police might charge you with impaired driving instead. In other words the results of a breath test, blood test, or mouth saliva test are not necessary for you to be charged with impaired driving.

The current impaired driving laws, provides for a maximum penalty for alcohol impaired driving of up to 10 years imprisonment. The stakes are therefore extremely high.

Aside from losing your licence and facing high fines and the potential for lengthy custodial jail time sentences, having a Criminal Record can have significant ramifications on future travel outside Canada and future employments.

The best options available to you to avoid convictions and penalties would be to negotiate a plea for a discharge using competent and capable Saskatoon impaired driving lawyers, or to achieve an acquittal, in other words to beat the charges at trial. Cases sometimes settle on the date of trial. You should consult a Saskatoon impaired driving lawyer about your situation.

Other notable changes to the law include new mandatory minimum penalties for alcohol impaired driving which are now as follows:

  • First charge or offence (resulting in a conviction): $1,000 fine;
  • Second charge or offence (resulting in a conviction): 30-days imprisonment;
  • Third charge or offence (resulting in a conviction): 120-days imprisonment.

The penalties for drug-impaired driving are as follows. If you are charged with the summary offence, then you may face a fine of up to $1,000 as well as a maximum of 18 months in prison.

However if you are charged with drug impaired driving and the police/prosecutors choose the indictable hybrid offence or if you are charged with the indictable hybrid offence for mixed alcohol and drugs impaired driving, in these cases the mandatory minimums are identical to the alcohol impairment penalties stated above.

To explain the hybrid system a little bit, prosecution can go ahead either by way of summary or indictable offence. Impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level of over .08 (DUI), and refusal or failure to blow or give a blood sample can all be treated as summary offences (which are less serious in terms of the penalties) or else as indictment offences (which are more serious).

Ultimately it is up to the crown prosecutor to decide whether to proceed with a summary offence or indictment offence, and this discretion will depend on the individual facts and circumstances of your case.

It is frequently also the case that other charges will be laid simultaneously. For example you may be charged with dangerous driving or reckless driving or other additional charges when the police are investigating.

If your impaired driving offence caused an accident and others were injured, you could face up to 14 years imprisonment. If the accident caused a death then you could get life in prison.

If you get convicted for impaired driving and the case went forward on an indictment basis then you can get as a maximum up to a further 10 years in prison over and above the mandatory minimum penalties. This max. penalty was increased by the new Criminal Code provisions from five years formerly.

Whereas if you get convicted of impaired driving on a summary offence basis, you may go to prison for a maximum of two years over and above the mandatory minimum penalties. This max. penalty was increased by the new Criminal Code provisions from 18 months formerly.

Impaired Driving

Generally speaking, in an impaired driving case, the police may have not succeeded in getting a blood or breath test to show you were over the legal limit or have drugs in your system, yet they still believe they can prove an impairment charge either by drugs or alcohol. Usually this is due to your own admissions or confessions and will be based on the notes and testimony of the police officers themselves.

The onus is on the police, through the crown prosecutor to prove to the court beyond a reasonable doubt that you were impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time you were driving for you to be convicted of the impaired driving offence.

Sometimes one or both the crown prosecutor or the defence will lead evidence from an expert toxicologist. These are tactical decisions for your Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer to examine.

How can you beat an impaired driving charge?

Inconsistencies in a policeman’s recount of events, or between the recounts of events by two or more different police officers can be enough to raise a sufficient reasonable doubt in the mind of the deciding judge. Sometimes inconsistencies can be found in the police disclosure package itself.

More commonly however the evidence of the police officers needs to be tested at trial to find out what the officers recollect and under cross-examination by capable Saskatoon criminal trial lawyers. Saskatoon impaired driving lawyers will carefully examine the evidence provided by the police and look for ways to bring it into doubt through effective cross-examination at trial.

At trial, we would also lead our own evidence if there is good exculpatory evidence to put before the court. For instance you may have taken prescription drugs that you did not know what the side effects would be so that you became impaired involuntarily.

There may be corroborating witnesses, such as friends, family or others who can testify that they saw how much you had had to drink and the timing of it all, which together with an expert toxicologist witness who we hire can provide the court with enough evidence to raise a reasonable doubt.

Even if there is no hope on the facts, there are still options, a trial can be mishandled by the prosecution, their witness may fail to show up on the trial date, or there may be a plea deal possible with provision of mitigating circumstances which might be negotiated on or before trial.

There are too many different possibilities to mention as each case turns on its own facts. You really ought to speak to a competent and experienced drunk driving lawyer as soon as possible. Speak to more than one and hire the one you most trust to advance your legal rights and protect your freedoms.

Frequently these cases come about when for example, an officer may observe that your breath smells like alcohol, that your eyes are read and glazey, or that you are slurring your words, the officer might look through your window and notice that there is alcohol in the back seat of the car you are driving.

All of these issues will be likely to give rise to probable cause and a reasonable suspicion. Or you may be unable to pass sobriety tests, such as walking in a straight line. So you can see that this belief of a reasonable suspicion in the mind of the officer can be based on various forms of circumstantial evidence.

Refusal or Failure to Provide a Breath Sample, Blood Sample, or Saliva Sample

As earlier indicated, the new impaired driving laws now in force completely removes any need for the police officers to form a reasonable grounds of suspicion prior to making the demand for a breath test.

This is a significant change and it will be interesting to see how the courts deal with it. It is not impossible to imagine constitutional challenges as the laws seem to erode basic presumptions of innocence, and rights against unlawful search, seizure, and detainment, all guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It was heretofore always the law that the prosecution would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (a) the police officer made a valid demand for a breath sample or blood sample, and that (b) you failed or refused to provide the sample, and importantly that (c) you had the intention to fail or refuse to produce the sample.

With these new incoming laws, replacing the former situation, compulsory alcohol screening will become mandatory for drivers and legal for police to demand. In other words policemen who have already done a legal stop will now be able to demand that the driver give a breath test sample without any grounds to suspect that the driver is impaired. Certainly this is an about face in the law.

A charge for refusal or failure to provide a breath or blood sample, in the result, will therefore now become very difficult to defend against, unless Charter arguments are accepted and the law is ignored, which is probably not very likely but might be one way to attack such a charge. Individual case facts need examination.

Previously the demand to provide a sample had to be valid, meaning that the officer must have sufficient suspicion and grounds to have believed you were impaired.

The police officer will also need to have made a valid demand. Where the demand to provide a sample is not validly made, you cannot be convicted for failing to obey or refusing what is itself an invalid demand.

If the way in which the police officer formed his or her belief that you were impaired is flawed, this may provide a full defence to this charge.

Now that this valid demand aspect has been removed from Canadian criminal law, you are probably going to be much more limited in ways in which to provide a reasonable excuse for your failure to obey the demand and refusal to provide a breath, blood, or saliva sample.

As a result of these new Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving, your refusal to provide a blood or breath sample for the purpose of alcohol toxicity will under the new laws result in a charge of refusal to provide a sample which will be a lot harder to beat than it used to be, prior to the recent statute changes to the Criminal Code.

 

Possibilities for reasonable excuses might be, for example, you went into panic and could not provide a sample, you did not understand the request, for instance if you do not speak English, you had some other cause or medical condition that would have made your capacity to give a sample impossible.

There may be other facts that might work as a defence. You really would need to tell your side of the story to an experienced and reputable Saskatoon defence lawyer to see what may or may not be possible.

Whereas, being charged with refusal to provide an oral fluid or saliva sample regarding a screening related to drugs impairment whilst driving should still lend themselves to the same old approaches used by defence lawyers for these sorts of offences.

For this type of offence, is important to have a capable Saskatoon impaired driving criminal lawyer analyze your case facts, consider your own evidence as to what happened, to understand and advise you of all of the possible options available to mount an effective defence to the charges against you.

Saskatoon DUI Lawyers

With the changes made to the laws in Canada, it is important to have a good Saskatoon impaired driving lawyer who is up to date with these legal nuances and how they may impact your Charter rights. We always recommend you speak to more than one lawyer.

Most offer a free initial and confidential consultation. Find the defence lawyer in Saskatoon who you feel is the best Saskatoon criminal defence lawyer. Be wary of a lawyer who tells you they are the best Saskatoon DUI / impaired driving lawyer because to be perfectly honest, there are many who are on the par and equally good. We would recommend that you choose a Saskatoon criminal lawyer with a good deal of experience.

You would do well to have legal knowledge, experience, and strength in your corner fighting for your rights and freedoms. Our law offices can provide you with highly capable Saskatoon criminal defence lawyers, ready to help you with your criminal charges. Call for a free consultation with no obligations.

Merchant Law Saskatoon criminal defence lawyers and Saskatoon DUI, impaired, drunk driving lawyers provide skilled and competent legal representation in Saskatoon and its surrounding areas, including:

Kindersley, Melfort, Tisdale, Prince Albert, Humboldt, Nipawin, North Battleford, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Canora, Esterhazy, Martensville, Warman, Rosetown, Outlook, Watrous, Dalmeny, Osler, Langham, Rosthern,  and Delisle.

Your rights may be significantly affected if you are convicted of the charges and it is therefore advisable for you to have an experienced and competent Saskatoon DUI criminal lawyer to review your file and handle your case with the attention and care it deserves. Our Saskatoon criminal lawyers team are ready to help you.

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Either call us by phone or email us using the form provided. Alternatively drop by our Saskatoon office located at 224 4th Ave South.

Please note: The information provided on this website is Not Legal Advice. The information may or may not be accurate. The information is for discussion purposes only. Reliance upon any information provided would not be grounds to advance a claim against Merchant Law for providing any advice. In order to get a formal legal opinion upon which you may rely about any specific fact scenario, you would have to first retain the services of a lawyer and request a formal legal opinion.