The term DUI is not used in Canadian Criminal Law. The charges that this common term refer to are impaired driving and “over 80”. These two charges are the method the government has used to regulate driving after consuming drugs or alcohol. Briefly, impaired driving is the operation of any motor vehicle while your ability to do so is impaired by the consumption of drugs or alcohol. This charge does not rely on any particular amount of alcohol to be consumed, only that the driver’s ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired. “Over 80” is complementary to impaired driving. This charge does not rely on any impairment but rather will lead to a conviction if a driver has greater than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood. Qualified technicians with the Ottawa Police Service measure blood-alcohol content through breath or blood samples taken upon demand.
Been Charged with DUI, Impaired, Drunk or Reckless Driving in Ottawa? Criminal Lawyer McLeans Lawyers can help!
In today’s anti-drinking and driving atmosphere, being charged under the traffic act for any of these offences is taken very badly by the courts. Getting the proper defense is of really important as penalties can range from *fines to suspended licenses to jail*.
Criminal Law Ottawa(McLeans Lawyers) is efficient in dealing with Police testimony, breathalyzer and intoxilyzer test results and other technical and legal issues.
Pleading guilty to a DUI or impaired Driving charges in Ottawa?
Once you are convicted of an Impaired Driving, Driving over 80 mg, or breathe sample refusal in Ottawa, you will face the following;
Driver’s license will be suspended for a one year minimum.
Have a criminal record.
Pay a fine of $600 – $2000 dollars.
Insurance rates will skyrocket.
Required to take a license reinstatement program before your drivers license is reinstated. ($475.)
Not all lawyers practice criminal law and not all criminal lawyers have extensive impaired driving trial experience. There is also an old proverb that, “Not every good criminal lawyer is a good impaired driving lawyer, but every good impaired driving lawyer is also a good criminal lawyer.” In other words, impaired driving law is a highly technical and specialized area of criminal law. Ottawa Criminal Law Firm prides itself on being both an outstanding DUI law firm and criminal law firms. They are recognized as the DUI lawyers of choice across Ottawa.
Please read the articles contained within the links above for more information on each charge.