An impaired driving conviction in North York or anywhere in Ontario can significantly impact your life. Along with a one-year loss of your driving privileges and $1,000 fine, an impaired driving conviction includes hefty fines and administrative fees, big hikes to your insurance premiums, and mandatory enrollment at your expense in alcohol school and in the post-license-suspension ignition interlock program. Other factors, such as an accident, high blood alcohol test readings, or reckless driving, generally result in the imposition of other court-ordered penalties; while subsequent convictions lead to harsher penalties, including jail time. An impaired driving conviction can also affect your job, future employment opportunities, and ability to enter other countries, such as the U.S.
For these reasons, you should always consult with an expert DUI lawyer when arrested for impaired driving. A skilled DUI lawyer in North York has a full understanding of all elements related to Ontario’s criminal code section on impaired driving. Impaired driving charges are “criminal,” and, as such, the Mass Tsang LLP team of criminal defence impaired driving lawyers always mount a vigorous defence against the charges brought against you in an effort to ensure that one mistake will not affect your life or ruin your reputation.
At Mass Tsang LLP, we have a dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals and superior staff whom are highly experienced, results driven, and are committed to delivering the work in a professional and ethical manner.
You’ve heard it called many things: “driving while impaired,” “driving under the influence,” “driving while drunk,” “driving while intoxicated,” “driving while high,” “drunk driving,” “DUI,” and “DWI.” But they are all pretty much the same thing, and treated the same by Ontario’s criminal code, though with some variations depending upon the situation. if you are charged with an impaired driving-related offence in North York or anywhere in GTA, you will likely be facing one of the following charges:
Under Ontario’s criminal code, an impaired driving conviction in North York or GTA results in mandatory penalties even if the accused has no prior criminal record. The minimum sentence for a first-time conviction is a $1000 fine, enrollment in an alcohol education course, one-year driver’s license suspension, and one-year post-suspension enrollment in the ignition interlock program. Second conviction can result in 30 days in jail, three-year license suspension, and fines at the judge’s discretion. Third and subsequent convictions are marked by even harsher levels of similar penalties, including a potential lifetime ban on driving.
Among defences that can be mounted to fight impaired driving charges are:
We highly recommend that you consult with one of our firm’s North York-based impaired driving lawyers regarding the optimum defence for your impaired driving charge. Your Charter Rights allow you to seek consultation upon your arrest and our DUI lawyers stand ready to help with any situation.
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