Depending on your blood alcohol level (BAC), your penalties for drunk driving in Saskatchewan will vary. The Crown prosecutor will also take into account whether this is your first or subsequent impaired driving offense. If it is your second offense, the Crown will be very strict in applying the maximum sentence for your conviction.
If this is your second impaired driving offense, you need immediate legal counsel from a veteran criminal lawyer in Regina. A second DUI offense will go on your criminal record and will carry serious penalties such as time in prison.
In addition to having your license suspended for 3 years, a conviction of a second drunk driving offense will lead to:
- An immediate increase in car insurance premiums
- Potential termination of employment / career issues
- Immigration status issues
- A permanent criminal record
- Mandatory treatment programs, DUI classes
- Loss of your drivers license
- Inhibited ability to work or care for children (ie. bus drivers, child care workers, on-site care workers)
Second Offense For BAC Between .04 And .08 In Saskatchewan
Similar to blowing over .08 in Saskatchewan, authorities take note of drivers who have blown between .04 – .08 and penalties for such a BAC do increase from the penalties for an initial ‘blow over’. Second offenders who blow between .04 – .08 face an immediate 24-hour license suspension and partake in a mandatory Driving Without Impairment class. Of course, drivers must also consider the other associated costs with such an offense, such as the towing and impound fees charged when collecting their vehicle.
What If I Refuse To Blow In The Breathalyzer In Saskatchewan?
When looking at the Criminal Code of Canada, any officer of the law has the right to request a driver’s submission of a road side breathalyzer if they suspect the driver has been consuming alcohol or drugs. Whenever a driver declines an officer’s request for roadside breathalyzer, the driver is immediately charged with impaired driving and placed under arrest. There are reported instances where drivers were too short of breath, or un able to submit an adequate breath sample for the breathalyzer, and in these situations an officer can interpret this as a refusal to submit a breath sample.
In these circumstances, you should contact our criminal lawyers in Regina immediately and let us handle the defense of your charges, and examining the protocol under which you were arrested.
How Does The Interlock Program Work In Saskatchewan?
If you have been convicted of impaired driving with a BAC over .08, or a refusal to blow, you may benefit from the Interlock program. Enrolling in this program provides the convicted individuals an opportunity to regain their license by having a breathalyzer device placed within the ignition of their vehicle. Program participants are expected to blow into the device before starting their vehicle, as well as submitting breath samples to the Interlock device while driving (every 15-30 mins). The participant will be also required to have the device checked and maintained by a technician every 30-60 days.
Drivers facing their second drunk driving offense, participating in Saskatchewan’s Interlock Program, will be expected to have the Interlock device installed in their vehicle for 2 years.
In addition to increased insurance premiums, convicted drunk drivers must also pay fines that start at $1,500. These fines include a $500 penalty under the Safe Driver Recognition program. it should be noted that fines issued to impaired drivers by the court have no maximum and are set by the judge’s discretion.
Saskatchewan’s Interlock Program is not free and involves the following costs:
- Initial $150 installation and training fee
- $30 administration fee
- Daily $3.45 monitoring fee
- $50 removal fee once the program has ended
- $210 fee if the device must be removed early due to violation
Fight Your Second Impaired Driving Charge In Saskatchewan
As mentioned, a second impaired driving charge in Saskatchewan not only contributes to your criminal record in Canada, but will also have a dire effect on your personal relationships, your ability to perform or travel to your job, as well as travelling abroad (ie. denied entry to the United States). We work with clients who have been subjected to multiple DUIs and we understand the steps needed to work with the Crown prosecution in helping you get your life back together. Don’t waste time in defending these charges and call our criminal defence lawyers in Regina today!
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