Jan 23

In Canada, there is no offence called “drunk driving.” But you can be charged with impaired driving while operating a motor vehicle (DUI), driving with an excess blood alcohol level (Over 80), or refusal to provide a breath sample (refusal).

DUI Lawyers in my Area?

The DWI lawyers at Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh work on the most challenging criminal cases across Ontario. Through dedication, a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as tireless preparation, our criminal lawyers are committed to the achievement of remarkable client results and legal reform. The central focus of our firm is the promotion of fairness and protection against miscarriages of justice.

Our DwI lawyers have proven experience defending criminal cases in: Toronto, Newmarket, Bradford, Barrie, Simcoe, Collingwood, Midland, Orillia, Huntsville, Bracebridge, Parry Sound, and throughout Ontario and Canada.

Why you Should not Plead Guilty to a DUI

When you enter a guilty plea to impaired driving or an excess blood alcohol charge, you will have a criminal record and your driver’s licence will be suspended. A serious impaired driving conviction may lead to a jail sentence, while a second or subsequent conviction will result in jail time. These are substantial consequences and will have lasting effects on your life.

There are several other important consequences to consider:

  • Insurance Premiums: A DUI on your record will increase your insurance premiums. Having impaired driving offences on your record increases your risk in their assessment and will result in significant increases that will remain for years.
  • Travel: Any criminal record will have an impact on your ability to travel to the United States. Although a DUI does not automatically make you inadmissible to travel to the United States, it will complicate your travel plans and your entry may be rejected.
  • Job Prospects: A criminal record will have impact on job prospects. When you are applying for a job, if you are asked, you will need to disclose that you have a criminal record. Some jobs may require a background check, and a DUI will show up during this check.
  • Professional Jobs: Some jobs may require you to have no criminal record. One example would be professional bodies which regulate entry into the profession and people who are members of the professional body. For example, the Law Society of Ontario will no longer consider you of good character if you have a criminal record. The Applicant would need to convince the LSO that they are a person of good character despite having a criminal record.