Get Home Safe this Holiday Season

Although we are in the middle of a surging pandemic and holiday parties aren’t happening as they usually do, you may still find yourself in a situation where it is harder to say no to indulging in alcohol. Maybe you’re not the partying type, but had a bit too much to drink at a socially distanced event before you realized it is time to go home. What should you do when you’re more buzzed than what you think is safe to drive or know someone who seems too intoxicated to drive?

The answer is easy. Stay safe and don’t drive home.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Think about it, if you try to drive home, chances are you might get pulled and possibly face a charge of drinking and driving. Note that a conviction for drunk driving will have consequences that can last a lifetime. Even if you somehow avoided getting pulled over by law enforcement, is it really worth it to place yourself and other people in danger? While an accident isn’t a sure thing, safety isn’t guaranteed either.

Are you truly willing to drive even when there is a huge statistical chance that you may not get home safely? Forget about facing legal trouble or a possible DUI charge, are you willing to brave icy roads driving while half passed out? Even when you think you are okay, remember that it only takes a second of your hands letting go of the wheel or nodding off for an accident to happen.

Get Home Safely

Do you know that hundreds of people die in car crashes each year between Christmas and New Year? Instead of just thinking about avoiding a DUI charge, think about saving your life when it comes to not drinking and driving this season. Try to get a ride with family or friends. Call someone you know or get a cab instead. If going out with a group, try assigning a designated driver. There is no shame in letting someone else drive you home. Remember, the consequences of driving home while drunk may be a lot worse than facing a DUI charge.

If you got pulled over or know someone who was charged with a DUI, the best thing to do is to make sure that you call a drinking and driving lawyer as soon as possible. Call Calvin Barry if you need a DUI lawyer in Toronto.

Choosing a Toronto DUI Lawyer to Defend You

Getting charged for a DUI is a serious offence in most parts of the world and more so in Canada. Driving under the influence means that someone has taken control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated and placed their lives and the lives of other people around them in danger. It doesn’t take a private investigator to figure out that because of this, a DUI charge in Canada is met with serious penalties.

Why You Need a DUI Lawyer

A conviction for a DUI charge in Canada can mean losing one’s privilege to drive for some time or for good, having to pay fines, spending time in jail, and having to attend some mandatory classes. This is why avoiding a DUI conviction is one of the goals of defence for a charge of impaired driving in Canada. You need the best defence possible to do this and you can achieve that with the help of a competent and experienced DUI lawyer.

Now that we have established why you need a DUI lawyer for your defence, we will shift the focus as to how you can choose the right DUI lawyer to represent you.

Choosing a DUI Lawyer

Choosing a DUI lawyer is not as easy as some may think. There are so many lawyers available today that it can be confusing to choose which one is best for the task at hand. You need to make sure that you are looking at the right pool of candidates before making your choice. Only choose between experienced DUI lawyers who you can verify have successfully defended DUI charges in the past.

To go about choosing a DUI lawyer, looking up referrals is ideal if you have friends, colleagues, and family who worked with a DUI lawyer in the past. You can get first-hand experience from them and tips regarding what to avoid and possible fees that you will have to pay. If you can find someone who can tell you about a good DUI lawyer whom they hired and how the lawyer handled their case, that will be great. However, if you do not know anyone who can give personal referrals, then your next best bet is to look for a DUI lawyer using the internet.

Another consideration when choosing a DUI lawyer is choosing someone with the right qualifications. You will want someone with a solid educational background and whom previous clients speak highly of. You will also want someone who is a good communicator. Know that any lawyer can defend you but to increase the chances of the case turning out in your favour, hire someone who has a long track record of defending DUI charges too.

DUI Defence at Calvin Barry Law

Calvin Barry is a Toronto DUI lawyer who has over 30 years of combined legal experience both as a prosecutor and as a defence lawyer. At Calvin Barry Law, we know what defence strategy to use because we know how prosecution for DUI works. Do not underestimate the role of an experienced DUI lawyer in your defence. If you are looking for a DUI lawyer in Toronto for a consultation or to represent you, contact Calvin Barry today.


Superior Court of Justice upholds the trial judge’s acquittal and dismisses the Crown appeal

Calvin Barry Professional Corporation lawyer Ahmad Karzai successfully defends appeal by the crown regarding the dismissal of charges against Claudia Flores.

Here is an overview:

  • The judge decided that the respondent’s s. 8 rights were violated by a warrantless search of the house.
  • The judge also decided that the Charter breach was sufficiently connected to the respondent’s subsequent discovery and provision of breath samples. After conducting an assessment under s.24(2) of the Charter, the trial judge excluded the breath readings and the respondent was acquitted.

Read the full verdict here.