If you are facing your third offense for drunk driving in Saskatchewan, or Canada for that matter, you can expect the full and maximum prosecution from the Crown. As a driver’s DUI offenses compile, so do the severity of the penalties associated. In the circumstances around drunk driving, a third offense will involve certain prison time, significant monetary fines, and a suspended license for 5 years.
If you are facing such charges, do not waste time contemplating your next steps. Retain the legal representation of our seasoned criminal defense lawyers in Regina and let us help to assess the circumstances in which you were arrested, as well as your options for fighting these charges.
In addition to having your license suspended for 5 years, three or more DUI offenses can result in:
- Significant prison sentence and addition to your criminal record
- 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)
Third Offense For BAC Between .04 And .08 In Saskatchewan
Similar to blowing over subsequent .08 offenses, penalties for multiple offenses of registering a BAC between .04 – .08 also increase. If you have blown over .04 , but under .08 , for a third more more instance, you will be subjected to a 90-day license suspension and mandatory addiction screening. Like previous first and second offenses, a driver must also consider the additional costs associated with such a penalty, such as towing and impound fees.
Losing your license for 90 days (3 months) can have a serious impact on your family situation, as well as your career. If you are facing such a charge, you should consult with our drunk driving lawyers in Regina and let us help you with getting your license back sooner, or even fighting the charge entirely.
What If I Refuse To Blow In The Breathalyzer In Saskatchewan?
By refusing a breathalyzer in Saskatchewan, you immediately subject yourself to an impaired driving charge. A Canadian police officer has the right to subject any driver to a breathalyzer test when ever there is suspicion of drug or alcohol use by the driver. Even in instances where a driver was short of breath, or failed to submit a complete sample, an officer can file a driver’s refusal – resulting in an immediate arrest.
In the case of accidents, where there driver has been unable to submit a breath sample due to hospitalization, police authorities can request a blood sample.
Regardless of your circumstance, if you are facing a third DUI offence you should contact our criminal lawyers in Regina immediately. These are serious charges that can result if severe penalties and jail time.
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 individuls 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 third drunk driving offense, participating in Saskatchewan’s Interlock Program, will be expected to have the Interlock device installed in their vehicle for 3 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
A Third Impaired Driving Charge In Saskatchewan Is Very Serious
A third impaired driving charge in Saskatchewan comes with severe financial penalties, your participation in lengthy addiction and driving programs, and a significant prison sentence that will contribute to your criminal record. It will also have a massive impact on your family and social relationships, your ability to work, child custody status you may hold with a spouse, and your ability to internationally travel.
Don’t risk so much of your future on one mistake. Let us help you in defending your rights, and let our criminal defense lawyers in Regina fight for your case. It is our hope that we can work with the Crown prosecution in having your charges reduced, or even dropped if we can identify questionably areas of the evidence presented against you.
Criminal Law News