Impaired Driving & Other Driving Offences

Losing your driver’s license has a major impact on your daily life. With the recent changes to Alberta laws, your rights are impacted almost immediately after being charged with impaired driving.

An effective defence is vital to ensure the most minimal impact on your life. Susan Karpa will work closely with you to ensure that every avenue of defence is discussed with you. Susan Karpa will leave nothing in the prosecution’s case unchallenged.

R. v. G.S., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. The charge was withdrawn on the basis that Ms. Karpa determined that a breath demand was never read to the accused. Client’s license was returned to her on the basis that the charge was withdrawn.

R. v. K.C., 2016

The client was charged with impaired driving. Despite a recent related record, Ms. Karpa convinced the crown to agree to a fine and not jail.

R. v. A.B., 2015

The client as charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and failure to provide a breath sample. The crown agreed to a plea to the offence of failure to provide a breath sample after Ms. Karpa reviewed the file and found problems with the crown’s case. Initially the client faced a jail sentence, however, Ms. Karpa secured a plea to the summary conviction offence versus to the indictable offence for a fine and a driving prohibition.

R. v. D.S., 2016

The client was charged with careless driving in relation to a serious accident. The complainant was brain injured as a result of the accident. Ms. Karpa negotiated with the Crown for a plea to a lesser included offence for a fine and two demerits only.

R. v. D.J., 2016

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08. Based upon extenuating circumstances, which Ms. Karpa worked to verify, the charges against the client were withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

R. v. M.B., 2016

The client was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and dangerous driving. Ms. Karpa had all of the charges against the client withdrawn. No conviction. No criminal record.

R. v. A.H., 2016

The client was charged with 8 counts of impaired driving. He was facing extensive jail time given a prior record. Ms. Karpa worked to negotiate a resolution with the crown where the crown sought jail time, but Ms. Karpa could argue for a conditional sentence so that the client would not have to face time in jail. Ms. Karpa was successful in that argument when she proposed the no jail time to the court.

R. v. I.N., 2016

The client was charged with refusal to provide a sample of his breath to an officer for the purpose of analyzing alcohol content. Ms. Karpa got the charge withdrawn and the client received his driver’s license back.

R. v. D.T., 2015

The client was charged with driving a motor vehicle while suspended. Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn.

R. v. T.M., 2015

Client was charged with traffic violations including careless driving which carries significant demerits. Ms. Karpa got the charges reduced so the client would not have any demerits.

R. v. R.D., 2015

The client was charged with taking a motor vehicle without consent. Ms. Karpa had the charge withdrawn. No criminal record. No conviction.

R. v. L.K., 2015

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving while over the legal limit (DUI). After Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa reviewed the file, she determined that there was a serious breach of the client’s rights, and that the Crown would not be in a position to move forward with that prosecution because the client’s rights were violated. Both charges were dropped. No criminal record. Client received his license back.

R. v. L.B., 2015

The client faced a charge of driving of disqualified. The Crown sought a jail sentence for the allegation, given the client’s breach of a court order. Calgary criminal lawyer Susan Karpa successfully argued against a sentence of jail, and instead the client receive a fine.

R. v. A.A., 2014

The client was charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident, obstruction of justice and dangerous driving. Ms. Karpa succeeded in having the allegations reduced from indictable to summary conviction proceedings. Further, pleas were entered to Traffic Safety Act offences (to avoid criminal convictions for those matters) for fines and probation. The client had been facing jail time.

R. v. M.A., 2014

The client was initially charged with multiple counts of driving a motor vehicle while disqualified due to previous convictions for impaired driving and driving while disqualified. Ms. Karpa succeeded in arguing that one of the counts should be withdrawn, and a plea was entered to another count of driving while disqualified. Ms. Karpa successfully argued the client should receive a conditional sentence in circumstances where client had multiple related entries on his record and was facing jail. The Judge agreed to grant Ms. Karpa’s application for a conditional sentence. No jail.

R. v. J.F., 2014

The client faced charges of speeding (50+ km over the limit) and possession large quantity of marihuana (possession pursuant to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). Ms. Karpa had the speeding allegation reduced significantly to avoid excessive demerits, and possession of marihuana withdrawn after completion of diversion. No criminal record. No criminal conviction.

R. v. B.S., 2014

Client was charged with impaired driving and driving over .08 (DUI). Ms. Karpa got the charges both dropped against her client. No criminal record/no conviction.

R. v. E.L., 2013

Client was charged with dangerous driving. Charge withdrawn. No conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. T.S., 2013

Client received a traffic ticket. Ms. Karpa got the ticket withdrawn.

R. v. J.S., 2013

Client charged with fleeing from police, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and his sixth breach of a conditional sentence order. Ms. Karpa managed to have the flight from police and possession of a stolen motor vehicle charges withdrawn.

R. v. B.M., 2013

Client was charged with breaches of bail and Traffic Safety Act offences. The serious Traffic Safety Act offences were dropped. The client was sentenced to a minimal fine on the remaining charges.

R. v. D.G., 2013

Client was charged with impaired driving. All charges were dismissed. No conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. A.T., 2013

Client was charged with several Traffic Safety Act offences. Ms. Karpa got all tickets withdrawn. No convictions, no fines.

R. v. B.C., 2015

The client was charged with driving while disqualified (contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada) and driving without insurance (contrary to the Traffic Safety Act). With a thorough review of the file, Ms. Karpa determined that there weren’t sufficient grounds for the prosecution to continue. Ms. Karpa convinced the Crown to withdraw both charges. No criminal conviction/no criminal record.

R. v. K.P., 2015

The client was charged with impaired driving. Ms. Karpa thoroughly reviewed the file with her client, and approached the Crown to withdraw the charge. The charge was ultimately dropped/withdrawn. No criminal record/no conviction.