Impaired driving charges are the most common criminal offences in Canada. It is not unheard of for someone who is a ‘good’ person to have a DUI charge when found to be driving while having a blood alcohol level of over 80.
Impaired Driving Charge in Canada
A DUI charge in Canada is a serious offence no matter how relatively common it is. It is considered even graver when charged with more than one charge such as when found to be doing so in several instances. A conviction or a guilty plea will result to a criminal record that can affect one’s ability to get a loan, travel, buy property, and get jobs.
For the above reasons, it is best to refrain from divulging personal information or providing sensitive details to the authorities until you’ve spoken to a DUI lawyer when found to be driving under the influence. It is your right to tell the police that you want to speak with your lawyer first after they inform you that you’re being arrested or being detained for a DUI.
The timeline as well as the details of your arrest and DUI charge will determine the outcome of your case. Know that despite being a relatively common criminal offence, a DUI charge is going to stick to your name for a very long time if handled the wrong way. Your actions as well as your DUI lawyer’s knowledge are key factors in helping minimize the impact of the criminal charge on your life now and on your future.
Aside from helping make sure that your life won’t be derailed from having a criminal charge against you, the right DUI lawyer will also:
- Meet with you and give you advice on the many issues that may be cause by a DUI charge
- Review the evidence provided by the Crown Attorney’s office
- Help you understand the presented evidence as well as check for inconsistencies with your version of the incident
- Assess legal arguments from the above and formulate possible defences for the charge(s) against yourself
- Make further requests for evidences that may not be provided initially
- Attend court on your behalf
- Negotiate and discuss the case with the assigned prosecutor
- Seek to have the charges against you withdrawn or try to reach an acceptable outcome without going to trial
- Attend formal negotiations before a charge (go to judicial pre-trials on your behalf)
- Prepare for your trial including preparing you, your legal argument, and documents for examinations
- Attend trial to seek dismissal of charges or reduction of charges
- Work to mitigate your sentence if you’ve been found guilty
Understand that a DUI charge and related charges can be filed against you but a skilled DUI lawyer can look into every detail and determine if a certain piece of evidence was improperly obtained or not. Every detail counts!
Do you need assistance handling an impaired driving charge or related charges in Canada? Contact Toronto Criminal Lawyer Calvin Barry! Calvin Barry Law has been helping people charged with impaired driving charges for years!