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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

In Ontario, the most common DUI-related offences are: Impaired Driving, Driving Over 80, and Failing to Provide a Breath Sample. Simply being charged has immediate consequences that will result in your vehicle being impounded and your driver’s licence being automatically suspended for 90 days. However, a conviction will have long-term consequences, which could impact your ability to find employment or even affordable auto insurance. If you have been charged with driving while impaired-related offence, contact William Jaksa, a DUI lawyer in Toronto.

BEING CHARGED WITH A DUI

  • May result in a Criminal Record
  • There will be mandatory driver’s licence suspension
  • Expect an increase in your Auto Insurance premiums

CONSEQUENCES UPON CONVICTION FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING, OVER 80, OR REFUSING TO PROVIDE A BREATH SAMPLE:

Ignition Interlock

  • 1st Offence
      • 1 Year Minimum
  • 2nd Offence
      • 3 Year Minimum
  • 3rd & Subsequent Offence
      • Lifetime

Jail Sentence

  • 1st Offence
      • No Minimum
  • 2nd Offence
      • 30 Days Minimum
  • 3rd & Subsequent Offence
      • 120 Days Minimum

Fines

  • 1st Offence
      • Minimum $1000
  • 2nd Offence
      • Judge’s Discretion
  • 3rd & Subsequent Offence
      • Judge’s Discretion

Licence Suspension

  • 1st Offence
      • 1 Year
  • 2nd Offence
      • 3 Years
  • 3rd & Subsequent Offence
      • 10 Years To Life

It can be a very technical process for the Crown Attorney to prove in court that a person was impaired while driving. For this reason, it is imperative that your DUI lawyer from Toronto review your case and asks the right questions. An experienced lawyer will examine whether the police properly followed the procedure when gathering evidence. They will also consider if police violated any of your Charter Rights during the course of the investigation and arrest.

Every impaired driving case is different, but in general, for the Crown to secure a conviction, they must prove the driver was actually impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time they were driving or at the time they had care and control of the vehicle. Proving this requires evidence of impairment and that there was an intention to drive.

It is important to understand your options and costs before retaining a DUI lawyer from Toronto.

William Jaksa will explain:

  • your options and possible trial strategies
  • your costs
  • the consequences you face

We appreciate that every case is different. Recent changes in the law have eliminated specific defences and limited other defences. That is why you need a professional DUI Lawyer in the Toronto area to stand by your side and defend you in court. Contact William Jaksa, a DUI lawyer.