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A charge occurs when a police officer has a reason to believe that a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle may be impaired by drugs or alcohol-based on physical observations such as slurred speech, diminished motor skills, and poor driving.
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Driving While Impaired
Most people do not think of impaired driving as a criminal offence. Most people perceive it as a minor offence. The fact is, impaired driving, driving under the influence, DWI, DUI, drunk driving, and driving while high is classified among the most serious criminal offences despite the high number of cases because they can create huge damage to property and result in the loss of life. Because of this, people arrested for impaired driving are charged under the Criminal Code and are often given harsh penalties.
Common ways a police officer may be able to tell that a driver is impaired are:
With over 30 years of legal experience at Calvin Barry Law, we have not yet come in contact with a case that cannot be defended. If you have specific questions about your impaired driving charge, do not hesitate to give us a call and avail of our obligation-free initial consultation.
When Dealing with an Impaired Driving Charge
Being arrested or having a charge of impaired driving does not automatically mean that you are guilty. Note that you do not have to plead guilty to a DWI charge. Pleading guilty when you are not at fault can result in severe and life-long DWI consequences.
When you are charged with a criminal offence, just know that you have the right to defend yourself and:
Toronto Impaired Driving/ DUI Penalties
Just a quick look at the above, and it is clear that anyone charged with impaired driving must make it a priority to consult with an experienced impaired driving lawyer as soon as possible, especially if a DWI involves bodily harm. Note that aside from the above, other consequences include negative effects on one’s reputation, ability to travel, gain employment, and more.
A highly skilled Toronto impaired driving lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complex and technical aspects of the Criminal Code’s impaired driving laws to create a strong defence tailored to each individual case. At Calvin Barry Law, our team cares about each case’s outcome because we know how devastating the life-altering consequences of an impaired driving conviction can be. We will do all that we can to ensure that one small mistake will not have a prolonged detrimental effect on your reputation and life.
Impaired Driving Charges
Impaired Driving Defence
We make use of a variety of defences and tailor them according to what will work best according to the specific details of your impaired driving charge. These defences include:
We strongly encourage consulting with our team at Calvin Barry Law to determine the best defence strategy for your impaired driving charge. Know that it is your legal right to hire an impaired driving lawyer upon arrest or detainment related to impaired driving.
Drinking and driving offences require evidence that someone could not operate a vehicle safely during driving or control a vehicle due to the influence of alcohol or drugs. Although the degree of impairment may be slight, it must still be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Courts look at various details when determining whether a person is guilty of a drinking and driving offence, including balance, comprehension, coordination, fine motor skills, judgment, physical movement, and reaction time.
It can support an impaired driving charge if someone has difficulty understanding or is uncoordinated. In Canada, any driving behaviour that puts people in danger on the roads due to the impairment of the driver’s ability by drugs, alcohol, or any other substance is considered an impaired driving offence. These offences can result in serious penalties such as hefty fines, jail time, and a criminal record.
Motorized vehicles include:
Consequences for Driving While Impaired
If you are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, you face serious penalties. This could include hefty fines, jail time, the suspension of your driver’s license, and other punishments.
Suppose you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. In that case, you will have a criminal record, your auto insurance premiums will increase considerably, and you will have to abide by the rules set forth by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to reinstate your driver’s license.
Being convicted of a drinking and driving offence while causing harm to someone else will have significantly harsher repercussions than a usual DUI charge. The legal penalties are much more severe if a person is hurt or dies due to their actions.
Working with Calvin Barry
DUI offences are serious criminal charges with varying levels of severity. It is important to contact a lawyer specializing in defending DUI cases, as they will be able to advise you on the best course of action and will be well-versed in the various factors that can affect the severity of the charge.
Acting swiftly after an arrest or charge of a DUI is essential to ensure that all possible avenues to build a defence case are explored. Contacting a criminal defence lawyer experienced in DUI cases, like Calvin Barry, is imperative to guarantee that all evidence is collected quickly and that the client’s rights are protected.
Taking prompt action is the key to a successful defence. We review evidence from the scene, witness testimony, and surveillance footage to ensure the client’s rights are respected.
Our clients praise us for our outstanding results, personable service and expert knowledge. Here are a couple of things some of them had to say:
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