What You Must Know About Drunk Driving Charges
If you have been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle (DUI), having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (Over 80), failing to provide a breath sample or dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, the consequences of conviction can be severe. In addition to a minimum licence suspension and fine, the interlock ignition program and the impact on insurance rates in Ontario can make the penalty especially harsh.
Multiple convictions can result in a lifetime suspension.
Importantly, there is overwhelming pressure to plead guilty to these kinds of offences. Crowns and even many defence lawyers will immediately tell you to simply plead guilty to minimize the impact of the penalty. It is extremely important to consult with a criminal lawyer in this situation who has your interests in mind. There are defences to these charges and very often there are constitutional issues that should be assessed in order to determine what defence strategy should be used.
Even if you have been charged with an offence under the Highway Traffic Act, such as careless driving or driving with a suspended licence, it is critical to get legal advice before making a decision.
People often rely on their driver’s licence to make a living or to manage their daily lives. Following a conviction for such an offence, insurance rates can quickly become unaffordable. If you have been charged or would like more information, call for a free consultation.