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SCC sheds first light on 2008 sentencing reforms that hiked penalties for breath sample refusals

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 10:03 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Supreme Court of Canada has for the first time provided guidance on the 2008 Criminal Code reforms that hiked penalties — and created two new offences — for refusing to provide a breath sample in impaired driving cases where death or bodily harm occurs.

Justice Michael Moldaver’s 6-1 decision June 29 (Justice Clément Gascon dissented in part) allowed the appeal of Richard Suter, and reduced to time served a 26-month prison sentence imposed in 2016 by the Alberta Court of Appeal on the 67-year-old Edmonton...