Conviction for DUI Causing Death

The Criminal Code of Canada imposes severe penalties for impaired driving offenses that result in serious injury or death. If you are charged with a DUI that caused bodily harm or death, you are facing a lengthy jail sentence and a mandatory license suspension for a minimum of 10 years.

These charges can have serious, negative impacts on your life –and your future. When facing a criminal conviction for impaired driving, it is crucial that you hire a veteran DUI lawyer to represent you, and defend your case. The lawyers at Slaferek Callihoo are committed to providing trusted, and experienced DUI defense services to Edmonton drivers. Our impaired driving lawyers will provide you with information on how to navigate Alberta’s criminal law system, and help address the severity of your charges.

Options for Those Facing Charges for Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm

In accidents where impaired driving has caused serious injury or death, the driver at fault may be unable to provide a breath sample to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC). When this happens, law enforcement demands that a blood sample be taken in order to prove that the accused had a BAC that exceeded the legal limit. Failure to provide a blood or breath sample will result in an automatic refusal charge that carries the same penalties as a DUI conviction.

If convicted of a DUI that resulted in serious injury, the impaired driver faces up to 10 years in prison, and a license suspension of up to 10 years. Accidents resulting in immediate or subsequent death can lead to sentences of life imprisonment, and an indefinite license suspension.

In addition to these penalties, a driver convicted of DUI causing death or injury may also face the following:

Increased car insurance premiums
Termination of current employment, and challenges for finding future work
A permanent criminal record
Mandatory treatment programs related to impaired driving
Restriction from employment involving working with or caring for children
Immigration status issues
Permanent suspension of your drivers license
Manslaughter charges if the victim dies as a result of related injuries they sustained

Edmonton Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help You

Serious accidents involving drunk driving have resounding impacts on the lives of everyone involved. If you have been charged with impaired driving resulting in death or bodily harm, you are facing potentially life-altering consequences and need an experienced DUI lawyer to defend your case. The impaired driving lawyers at Slaferek Callihoo will assess all of your available options, and will fight to minimize the severity of your sentencing. Don’t let these serious criminal charges ruin your life –call us today.