DUI Penalties

There are some pretty large penalties for Drinking & Driving or impaired driving (DUI) in Vancouver.

If you are caught driving under the influence you will probably be charged with two (2) criminal offences. The first offense you can be charged with is Impaired driving, the second one can be for driving while having a blood/alcohol level of over 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood (driving "over 80"). If you are convicted by either or both of these charges you punishment will be the same.

There are usually one or two ways a police officer can charge you with impaired driving. The most common situation can occur when you are pulled over by a police who is carrying out a spot check program. The second most common way to get charged for impaired driving is when a police officer observes your driving and pulls you over as a result of your poor driving. In the latter situation the officer has a more solid case because they can use your driving as evidence to convict you of drunk driving.


Many people wonder why they should try and defend the charges. The reason why is because the consequences of an impaired driving conviction are very substantial. In addition to receiving a criminal conviction, criminal record, possible problems with employment and travel, if you are convicted you are subject to the following penalties.

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