Being pulled over and arrested for a DUI is an overwhelming position to find yourself in. For many, this is an unfamiliar position to find yourself in, and it is natural that you are uncertain of what you should do.
What should you do at the roadside?
If the police suspect that alcohol or drugs are in your system, they will require you to blow into an approved screening device or perform a standard field sobriety test. You are required to comply with these demands. If you do not, you can be charged with refusal. Even though you must comply, you are not required to answer their questions during these tests.
What should you do if you are arrested?
When you are detained or arrested, the following Charter rights are engaged:
- The right to remain silent (section 7, section 11c)
- The right to be informed of the reasons for your arrest (section 10a)
- Freedom from unreasonable search and seizure (section 7)
- The right to seek and retain counsel (section 10b)
Exercise these rights. Request to speak with counsel, do not speak with the police, while still remaining respectful and cooperative with them.
What should I do after the police station?
Make notes of your memory of the events. Where you were, where you were going, how much, if any, alcohol, or drugs did you consume. Your memories will be most fresh immediately after the events, so do not waste time. Your evidence could be the different between an acquittal and a guilty verdict.
You should contact and retain an experienced DUI lawyer. DUI, impaired driving, and ‘over 80’ cases are complex case which requires expertise to properly defend. Your lawyer will be able to explain the court process to you, help you review your cases, and explore possible defences with you.
DUI Lawyers in Toronto?
Let us help you. Lockyer Zaduk Zeeh has a roster of experienced Toronto DUI lawyers. Call us at 416-613-0416 to schedule a consultation. We can help you protect your rights and achieve a favourable outcome.