Your Impaired Driving and Drug Defence
What do impaired driving charges and drug charges have in common? THE DEFENCE. In these two areas of the law, the main witness in your case is the State, i.e., police officers. Impaired driving and drug offences are different from other criminal charges because the “victim” of the offence is usually society at large. Unlike criminal offences such as assault and robbery, where a victim – an individual – comes to Court to testify about what happened, in impaired driving and drug offence cases, the witnesses that come to Court to testify are police officers. In these cases, THE DEFENCE usually comes from challenging the investigation done by the police officers through your Charter Rights (your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms).
THE DEFENCE is going to depend on a lawyer who excels in constitutional law AND has the experience and know-how when cross-examining a police officer.
Cross-examining police officers is a special skill; it is much different than cross-examining an individual that comes to court to tell their side of the story. Police officers are what is considered “expert witnesses” – they are testifying about their job, the investigation they did, the steps they took before charging you with an offence. Police officers receive training on how to testify properly and effectively in Court. You need a lawyer that knows the Charter inside out and can successfully cross-examine the police officers to reveal the flaws and mistakes they made, in addition to proving that your Charter rights were infringed.
We’re passionate in our defence of you, your rights, and the law. That’s the other thing impaired driving and drug offences have in common – the charges are based on investigations done against you by the State, i.e., the government. When you’re in your vehicle and you’re approached by a police officer, it is the State that is investigating you. The State has machines they will ask you to blow into to measure your blood alcohol level. They have expert police officers to test you to determine if you are impaired by a drug. How do you defend yourself against the resources of the State, their machines, their expert police officers?
You hire the right lawyer, the lawyer who is passionate in defence of you, your rights, and the law.
In drug cases, police officers are conducing highly strategic investigations, which include surveilling you, taking pictures of you, following you, calling you and pretending to be someone else, tapping your phone, searching your vehicle or your home, etc. The State has incredible resources at its disposal – they are able to spend millions of dollars per year on these investigations. You need a lawyer that is 100% on your side, fighting for you and your rights. A lawyer that can stand up for you and the law, while taking on the State. THE DEFENCE is everything.
Areas of Practice
You have been charged with impaired driving or "over 0.08" and now your future and reputation are at risk. Canadian and Albertan law has been cracking down on impaired drivers. When you face "the system" don’t face it alone. You need an experienced and dedicated lawyer by your side.
If the police arrest you on suspicion of any type of drug offence, it is important that you seek legal help as soon as possible. Never talk to police officers without a skilled defence lawyer present. Doing so often leads to the worst possible outcome of your case. Instead, call Boudon Defence for assistance with your Calgary drug offence case.
At Bourdon Defence, we understand how frightening and confusing it can be to be accused of a crime. Whether you have already been arrested or are the target of an ongoing criminal investigation, it can seem like the entire system is against you. Crown prosecutors and police can make it seem like you have no other option but to plead guilty. Many people accused of a crime feel helpless and are uncertain where to turn.
In the event you are convicted of a violent crime, you will likely be facing some of the highest potential criminal penalties available under the Criminal Code of Canada. If you are facing allegations of committing a violent crime in Calgary, you need knowledgeable and experienced legal representation on your side during every aspect of your case. The criminal defence lawyers at Bourdon Defence can represent you throughout your case and ensure that we scrupulously guard all of your Charter rights.
Bail Hearings Impact Your Freedoms: A bail hearing is an important part of ensuring that you don’t spend time behind bars or make a plea without proper legal advice. Choosing the right lawyer to assist you is critical. A poorly conducted bail hearing can result in large cash requirements or unnecessary restrictions affecting your ability to work, travel, drive or take care of your family.
In Canada the police choose whether or not to charge an individual with domestic assault. And most times they do so based solely on what one person says. At Bourdon Defence our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers ensure your side of the story is heard and that your rights are preserved.