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 Shurtz Law 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 Shurtz Law at 403-329-8188 for a free consultation to discuss your situation.  We also accept Legal Aid cases if applicable.