Whether it is worth fighting a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge depends on several factors, including the specific circumstances of your case, and the potential consequences involved. It is important to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in DUI cases to understand the legal options available to you and the potential outcomes.
Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to fight a DUI charge:
- Strength of the evidence: Assess the evidence against you. If there are strong grounds to challenge the evidence, such as improper administration of field sobriety tests or issues with the breathalyzer device, it may be worth fighting the charge.
- Legal penalties: A conviction for a DUI or another driving offence will result in fines, licence suspension, probation, and even imprisonment. Consider whether the potential penalties justify the time, effort, and cost required to fight the charge.
- Long-term consequences: A DUI conviction can have lasting consequences, such as increased insurance rates, difficulty obtaining employment or professional licences, and limitations on travel. Evaluate how these consequences might affect your future and whether it is worth challenging the charge to mitigate these effects.
- Plea bargain options: In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a plea bargain with the Crown, resulting in reduced charges or penalties. This can include a careless driving plea pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act.
- Personal circumstances: Consider how a DUI conviction might impact your personal and professional life. For example, if you rely on driving for your job or have other compelling reasons to fight the charge, it may be worth pursuing legal avenues.
Ultimately, the decision to fight a DUI charge is a personal one that should be based on a thorough understanding of the legal implications and individual circumstances. Consulting with an experienced DUI lawyer will provide you with the best guidance for your specific situation. Give us a call at 416-613-0416 to schedule a consultation.