What is Impaired Driving?

Also known as drinking and driving, or impaired driving; it means that a person is charged with driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.  It is one of the most commonly litigated areas of criminal law but also one of the most defensible.

A person may not feel impaired or act impaired but if pulled over by the police they may be asked to provide a breath or blood sample.  If that sample indicates a blood alcohol level above 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood then that person will be charged with driving over 80 and impaired driving.  If a person refuses to provide a sample, you may also be charged with a refusal charge.

There are various ways to defend a DUI case and Criminal Defense lawyers Connolly & Associates have several years of experience doing that with a successful outcome.


  • Driver’s license is suspended from the moment you are charged
  • Police are allowed to confiscate property such as your cell phone
  • Police are allowed to seize your vehicle for three to seven days
  • Costly fines
  • Jail sentence
  • Driving prohibition
  • Permanent criminal record
  • An interlock device (blow box) may be applied for and installed after a certain amount of time. However these applications are not always accepted.  These devices are expensive to install and is the responsibility of the accused to pay for.

Call Connolly & Associates at 403-329-8188 for a free consultation to discuss your situation.  We also accept Legal Aid cases if applicable.