Whether it is known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Impaired) or drunk driving, you can be charged with impaired driving when your ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired or intoxicated by the effects of alcohol or drugs. In case you are caught while you are attempting to operate a motor vehicle in an intoxicated state, you can be charged with a case for Driving Under Influence (DUI).
In a situation as stressful as this one, it is essential to have an experienced legal practitioner by your side. David Wilcox is a DUI lawyer in Barrie providing legal representation for cases related to impaired driving. With over three decades of experience in criminal defence, he can ensure that your rights and interests will be protected. Count on David Wilcox LL.B. if you are looking to secure the services of a drunk driving and DUI lawyer in Barrie.
Driving while impaired is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada. This includes any type of transportation, be it a car, plane, train or boat.
In late 2018 existing laws were strengthened, and the maximum penalties for impaired driving due to alcohol were increased. These represent the most significant changes in decades and are likely to affect you.
From a minimum fine of $1,000 to jail time, driver’s license suspension and travel restrictions, the repercussions of impaired driving can be extensive.
You can expect your insurance premium to increase and can be denied entry into countries such as the United States.
A criminal record can cost you future employment and educational opportunities. Losing your license also has direct consequences if you need a vehicle for your work or commuting.
If you are convicted:
In addition to the points above, a DUI case can show up on your record, which might discourage employers from hiring you and adversely affect your professional life. You can also face monetary setbacks owing to the fees and fines you will be expected to pay not just for the legal proceedings but to cover reimbursements costs, towing fees etc. Try to avoid long-term effects by contacting Barrie’s top drunk driving lawyer today.
In addition to the Criminal Code of Canada, the province of Ontario has its own extensive DUI laws. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, driving while intoxicated is, of course illegal but anyone having “care and control” of a motorized vehicle can be held responsible and booked by law. Simply put, sitting in the driver seat of a car, snowmobile, boat or motorcycle while impaired can be enough to warrant charges.
If you are convicted, you will have to attend a mandatory education or treatment program, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle and there will be a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you are fit to drive in Ontario.
If you are convicted, you will have to attend a mandatory education or treatment program. You will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. There will be a mandatory medical evaluation to determine whether you are fit to drive in Ontario.
For details on immediate penalties you can refer to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
Driving under the influence is prohibited under section 253(1)(b) of the criminal code. It is illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 mg per 100 ml of blood. Different types of DUI charges include:
Because of the severity of the penalties, you should consult a lawyer to see if your case may be challenged in any way. You're presumed innocent until you're found guilty. Hence, it’s a lawyer's responsibility to prove you're not. If the officer on the scene did not issue you a search warrant, you could reasonably argue for that as well. There are many more arguments that may be made in your situation to defend you from such penalties.
Please note that to levy charges on you, such as charges for driving under the influence of marijuana, the police will first have to test you to ensure that you are, indeed, driving while you are intoxicated. Thus, the police will administer one or multiple tests, including a blood test and a saliva test, before charging you. According to one law, blood tests should not be taken after two hours from the time your vehicle was pulled over. Also, the blood samples must be taken at an interval of 15 minutes.
If you’ve been charged with impaired driving by alcohol or drug, contact David Wilcox, DUI lawyer in Barrie. We are here to help you get through this stressful time. Our lawyer will help you navigate the complex issues that come from a DUI in Ontario. We will guide you through the legal proceedings and ensure you make an informed decision about whether to plead guilty or not guilty.
We also provide legal advice and representation for cases related to drug offences and sexual assault charges. We are available for emergencies 24 hours a day.
Call us to discuss your case with our drunk driving and DUI lawyer in Barrie today.
David Wilcox can ensure that your rights remain protected and your punishment is minimized.