Driving While Impaired

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.


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Impaired Driving

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.

Understanding Your Legal Rights

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:

You Do Not Have to Plead Guilty

You do not have to plead guilty to a DWI charge

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Dismiss Charge

Find ways to have the charge dismissed

Resolve Charge

Seek a way to resolve the charge or plead not guilty to proceed to a trial

Impaired Driving is a Criminal Offence in Toronto

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

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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:

Challenging the reasons cited by the police officer for obtaining a breath sample

Challenging the technical aspects of the procedure for blood testing or using a breathalyzer

Challenging the subjective judgment of the police officer about what constitutes impairment

Challenging other details that are exclusive to the circumstances of your arrest

Appealing for the exclusion of evidence that the police officer obtained with violation of your Charter protected rights

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.


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