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.

If you've been charged with impaired driving in Calgary, make no mistake: there are serious consequences on the line. Give yourself the best chance you can to put your DUI case behind you quickly and completely by contacting an experienced Calgary defence lawyer. For a free initial consultation, please contact Susan Karpa's office today.

R. v. K.W., 2018

The client was charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. After extensive discussions with the traffic crown, the crown was persuaded to accept the client’s plea to the lesser and included offence of failing to obey a traffic device. Subsequently, the client only lost two demerits and received a $400.o0 fine.

R. v. C.K., 2018

This was a youth matter. The client was charged with criminal negligence in operating a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. Upon conclusion of the trial, the judge adjourned for decision, and later acquitted the client of both charges.

R. v. D.T, 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. At trial, the crown had not subpoenaed the breath technician, however still planned to run the trial for the impaired. After discussions with the crown, they were convinced to withdraw both charges. The client avoided a criminal record and was able to get his licence back forthwith.

R. v. T.L., 2018

The client was charged with driving while unauthorized. After ECR discussions with the traffic crown, they agreed to accept a guilty plea to driving without a licence. The client was given a fine and time to pay.

R. v. S.W., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. The client pleaded guilty to driving over 0.08 and the impaired charge was withdrawn. A curative discharge application was made and was successful. The client walked away with no conviction on his record.

R. v. D.A., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving, driving over 0.08 and transporting liquor in a vehicle within easy access of an occupant. He pleaded guilty to driving over 0.08 and the other two charges against him were withdrawn. He received a fine plus a victim fine surcharge and a one year driving prohibition, with eligibility for the interlock after three months.

R. v. J.C., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. The client was also charged with a traffic offence of operating a motor vehicle with an expired license. The client pleaded guilty to driving over 0.08 and the other charge, plus the traffic matter, were withdrawn. The client received a fine plus a victim fine surcharge and a one year driving prohibition with eligibility for the interlock after three months.

R. v. D.C., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving, driving over 0.08 and failing to stop at a stop sign. The client pleaded not guilty and the matter was set for trial. Prior to trial, I filed a notice alleging my client’s rights were violated. The week before the trial, the crown agreed to drop the criminal charges. The client was free to go and get his driver’s license back the next date. The client thus had no conviction and no criminal record.

R. v. P.A., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving and refusing to comply with a demand. He pleaded guilty to the impaired charge and the refusal charge was withdrawn. The client was sentenced to a fine plus a victim fine surcharge and a one year driving prohibition, with eligibility for the interlock after three months.

R. v. J.C., 2018

The client was charged with driving while disqualified and failing to appear. I met with the crown to negotiate a resolution of the matter by way of a withdrawal of the charges. The crown agreed that it was not in the public interest to prosecute the client, and the charges were withdrawn.

R. v. S.T., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving, driving over 0.08 and speeding. The client pleaded guilty to driving over 0.08 and the other two charges were withdrawn. The client received a fine plus a victim fine surcharge and a one year driving prohibition, with eligibility for the interlock after three months.

R. v. H.W., 2018

The client was charged with failing or refusing to comply with a demand. The client entered a pleaded guilty and received a fine plus a one year driving prohibition, with eligibility for the interlock after three months.

R. v. A.N., 2018

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. He pleaded not guilty and the matter was set down for trial. I filed a notice to challenge the charges on the basis that my client’s rights were violated by the officers. The day before the trial, the crown stayed the charges on the basis of violations of my client’s rights, along with issues relating to one of the officers involved.

R. v. C.T., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. He also received two tickets as a result of this incident. He plead guilty to driving over 0.08. In doing so the impaired charge and the tickets were withdrawn. He received a fine, as well as a victim fine surcharge, and a one-year driving prohibition.

R. v. V.B., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving, driving over 0.08 and dangerous driving. He plead guilty to driving over 0.08. The other two charges were withdrawn. He received a fine, as well as a victim fine surcharge, and a one-year driving prohibition. Jail time was avoided.

R. v. J.L., 2017

The client was charged with speeding (50km over the limit). The client would have had a suspended license with a guilty plea to that offence. Instead, I was able to negotiate with the crown to have the charge reduced so that the client walked away with a fine, and their license intact.

R. v. J.H., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. I reviewed the file and determined that during the check stop there were breaches of the client’s rights. The client entered a not guilty plea and the matter was set for trial. I filed a notice with the court to allege that my client’s rights were violated. After filing that notice, the crown stayed the charges. The client was able to get their license back within a few days, and avoided a conviction and a driving prohibition. No record. No conviction.

R. v. D.K., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and failure to provide a breath sample. He plead guilty to the impaired charge and the failure to provide charge was withdrawn. A curative discharge application was made by Ms. Karpa, and with Ms. Karpa’s written brief, the crown and the judge agreed to the discharge. No conviction.

R. v. S.F., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and driving over 0.08. I reviewed the file in detail, and determined that there were multiple violations of the client’s rights. The client entered a not guilty plea, and the matter was set for trial. I filed a notice with the court to allege that the client’s rights were violated. After filing that notice, the crown withdrew the charges. The client was able to get their license back within a few days, and avoided a conviction and a driving prohibition. No record. No conviction.

R. v. B.D., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and a failure/refusal to provide a breath sample. The client plead guilty to the impaired charge and the matter was adjourned for a curative discharge application. After Ms. Karpa reviewed the matter with the crown and prepared lengthy written submissions, the crown agreed to the discharge application. The client avoided jail time and ended up with conditions and a finding of guilt but no conviction.

R. v. D.T., 2017

The client was charged with dangerous driving and flight from police. This was a very serious allegation, for which the crown was originally seeking a hefty penalty due to the need for general deterrence. However, after much negotiations, the crown was agreeable to withdrawing the flight from police charge, and agreed to a plea to the dangerous driving for a fine.

R. v. C.B., 2017

The client was charged with dangerous driving and impaired driving. Ms. Karpa met with the crown and the crown agreed to a plea to a reduced charge driving over 0.08 for a conditional discharge. The dangerous driving charge was withdrawn.

R. v. D.K., 2017

The client was charged with impaired driving and failure to provide a breath sample. He plead guilty to the impaired charge and the failure to provide charge was withdrawn. A curative discharge application was made by Ms. Karpa, and with Ms. Karpa’s written brief, the crown and the judge agreed to the discharge. No conviction.

R. v. K.M., 2017

The client was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Ms. Karpa negotiated a plea deal where the client would plead guilty to a non-criminal offence: driving without due care and attention. The client received a$500 fine. No criminal record. No conviction.

R. v. K.M., 2017

The client was issued a ticket for careless driving. Ms. Karpa negotiated with the crown to resolve the matter with a lesser offence. The client received a fine for the lesser offence. Because the careless driving ticket was avoided, the client did not receive the high demerits associated with that ticket.

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.