You need a DUI attorney - DUI Lawyer if you get picked up in Vancouver, British Columbia with more than 0.08 alcohol count in your bloodstream. Fifty years ago it was only called drunk driving because the only real problem was alcohol. It was DWI - driving while intoxicated. Now the drug culture is upon us so the all encompassing term is DUI - Driving Under the Influence.
The Canadian Criminal Code does not use the words "DUI Laws". It uses the words "impaired driving laws". A BC driver is considered impaired if his (her) blood alcohol exceeds 80 milligrams per 100 mls of blood, whether the driver's ability to drive is "influenced" or not (DWI).
If you are arrested in BC, there are severals reasons you need a good Vancouver DUI lawyer immediately. Remember, an arrest is not a conviction. The arresting officer's case is not cut and dried. If you were subjected to a breath-alyzer test there may be an error. The machine uses infrared spectroscopy to try to measure alcohol molecules in your breath. Like any computer, there can be technical glitches and operator error. If you have recently vomited, the alcohol level in your breath appears much higher than the actual blood level.
If convicted in British Columbia, Canada, the penalties are not good!
1st offence: Minimum $600.00 fine
2nd offence: Mandatory min. 14 days in jail + mandatory min. driving prohibition 3 years
3rd + offence: Mandatory min. 90 days in jail + possible lifetime loss of license.
In addition your insurance rates will increase tremendously.
Another possible British Columbia penalty may require the installation on your car of an ignition interlock which measures the alcohol in your breath and can prevent the engine from starting.
Installation and maintenance can be expensive and may be imposed for as many as ten years.
So my advice is - find a good DUI lawyer - DUI attorney quickly. Contact the local Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia, for recommendations. Lawyer Referral can be reached on the lower mainland at 1-604-687-3221 or elsewhere in the Province at 1-800-663-1919. This is a complex area of law. Do it now.