Charged with Impaired Driving (Impaired Operation)? You have a good chance of being found not guilty!
An Impaired Driving charge is much less technical in nature than an Over 80 mg or Refuse (Fail to provide) Sample charge, and you may be convicted of Impaired Driving based simply on description of your driving and physical state (if it is accepted by the judge on a beyond a reasonable doubt standard).
A classic set of physical criteria is often repeated by police from case to case. It includes smell of alcohol, glossy, red or blood shot eyes, blank stare, unsteadiness on feet, fumbling with documents, swaying, stumbling, slurry or incoherent speech, disheveled look etc.
Cross-examination of Crown’s witnesses, both police and civilians, is a very important tool, use of which would hopefully show the judge that certain elements of witnesses testimony are problematic and that there is a reasonable doubt as to whether your ability to operate a motor vehicle was even slightly impaired at the relevant time.