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 this stressful situation it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side. David Wilcox is a DUI lawyer in Barrie providing legal representation for cases related to impaired driving.
Driving while impaired is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.
In late 2018 existing laws were strengthen and the maximum penalties for impaired driving due to alcohol were increased. These represent the biggest 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 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 charged. Simply put, sitting in the driver seat of a car, snow mobile, 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.
For details on immediate penalties you can refer to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.
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 are available for emergencies 24 hours a day.