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    Should I Fight My DUI Charges?

    Charged with a DUI? Are you facing Impaired Over 80mg , Drugs or Marijuana Charges in Ontario? Is it worth fighting? Contact the IDDC for a free consultation.
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    DUI Lawyers Ontario Charges

    You are presumed innocent until proven guilty and the Crown bears the heavy burden of proving all essential elements of the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 Impaired Operation - Boating,  Charged on Ontario Lakes

 What are the penalties for DUI - Impaired boating?

Boaters caught drinking and boating in Ontario face consequences similar to those for drinking and driving:

  • Immediate 3, 7 or 30 day driver's licence suspension if caught with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the "warn range” of 0.05 to 0.08 and for drivers impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol based on the results of a Standard Field Sobriety Test. Drivers caught in the "warn range" more than once will face a mandatory alcohol education program and could be subject to treatment programs and ignition interlock.
  • Immediate 90-day administrative driver's licence suspension and a $198 administrative fine for boaters exceeding the “legal limit” of 0.08 BAC drivers who fail or refuse to provide a breath or blood sample and drivers who are impaired by drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol based on the results of a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation.
  • If convicted under the Criminal Code, the boater will also face:
    • Driver's licence suspension, from one year up to a lifetime ban
    • Mandatory alcohol assessment, education or treatment, and follow-up
    • Ignition interlock condition on their driver's licence for one year to up to a lifetime
    • Vehicle impoundment if caught driving a motor vehicle while under suspension

These sanctions apply to anyone who is caught drinking and operating motorized and non-motorized vessels, including power boats, canoes, kayaks, personal watercraft, sailboats, rafts, dinghies and other inflatable boats.

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First Offence:          

  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 80-129 mg: mandatory minimum $1,000 fine
  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 130-159 mg: mandatory minimum $1,500 fine
  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 160 mg or more: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  •     First offence, but refuse to be tested: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     Mandatory Ignition Interlock period of at least 9 months
  •     Prohibited from Operating a motor vehicle of any kind within Canada for a minimum of 1 year, subject to the ignition interlock program


Second Offence:    

  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     3 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device; subject to the Stream D program
  •     mandatory minimum 30 days imprisonment
  •     Fine amount at the discretion of the judge
  •     Licence suspended for minimum 3 years by the Ministry of Transport; subject to the Stream D program
  •     Minimum 2 year prohibition on operating a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada, even if they don’t require a driver’s license


Third and subsequent Offences:
 

  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     Variable interlock periods (depending on sequence of prior convictions)
  •     mandatory minimum 120 days imprisonment
  •    Lifetime licence suspension (can be reduced to 10 years if certain conditions are met on the third conviction; on fourth or subsequent conviction lifetime suspension with no possibility of reduction)

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Boating DUI chargeit must be remembered that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty and the Crown bears the heavy burden of proving all essential elements of the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Given the heavy penalties involved you owe it to yourself to seek the best possible representation from an experienced lawyer with a record of defending these types of cases. If you are uncertain about your rights and need to win the case to keep your licence and avoid a criminal record then why not call the Impaired Driving Defence Centre? Our initial consultation is always free and IDDC colleagues can speak with you, promptly.

 

 

Your Right To Fight DUI Charges in Ontario - Should You Fight Your DUI Charge?

A driver stopped by the police engages several potential Charter issues. 

The motorist’s detention invokes s. 9 (arbitrary detention), s. 10(a) (right to be informed of the reason why) and s. 10(b) the right to counsel. Furthermore, the officer’s search for evidence is generally warrantless and raises s. 8 issues relating to unreasonable search and seizure.

The accused is also entitled to full disclosure (s. 7 fundamental justice) as well as the right to be tried within a reasonable time (s. 11B). Against this constitutional background these cases can be fought and won. Many cases also turn on common investigative lapses that a skilled counsel can exploit.

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Given the heavy penalties involved you owe it to yourself to seek the best possible representation from an experienced lawyer with a record of defending these types of cases. If you are uncertain about your rights and need to win the case to keep your licence and avoid a criminal record then why not call the Impaired Driving Defence Centre? Our initial consultation is always free and IDDC colleagues can speak with you, promptly.

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Post-Conviction Consequences for Alcohol and/or Drug Impaired Driving If you are convicted criminally of DUI impaired driving in Ontario:

First Offence:          

  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 80-129 mg: mandatory minimum $1,000 fine
  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 130-159 mg: mandatory minimum $1,500 fine
  •     First offence, with blood alcohol content of 160 mg or more: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  •     First offence, but refuse to be tested: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine
  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     Mandatory Ignition Interlock period of at least 9 months
  •     Prohibited from Operating a motor vehicle of any kind within Canada for a minimum of 1 year, subject to the ignition interlock program


Second Offence:    

  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     3 year minimum requirement to drive a car equipped with an ignition interlock device; subject to the Stream D program
  •     mandatory minimum 30 days imprisonment
  •     Fine amount at the discretion of the judge
  •     Licence suspended for minimum 3 years by the Ministry of Transport; subject to the Stream D program
  •     Minimum 2 year prohibition on operating a motor vehicle anywhere in Canada, even if they don’t require a driver’s license


Third and subsequent Offences:
 

  •     Mandatory education or treatment program
  •     Variable interlock periods (depending on sequence of prior convictions)
  •     mandatory minimum 120 days imprisonment
  •    Lifetime licence suspension (can be reduced to 10 years if certain conditions are met on the third conviction; on fourth or subsequent conviction lifetime suspension with no possibility of reduction)

 

"driving under the influence"  "I was taking a prescription from my doctor, I never knew I couldn't drive"

Any drug that changes your mood, or the way you see and feel, will affect the way you drive. This is not only true for illegal drugs. There are prescription drugs and some over-the-counter drugs that can also impair your driving ability.

Tips to remember

Impaired driving Prescription Drugs

  • If you are planning on drinking, plan not to drive.
  • Ask your doctor about side effects if you use prescription medication or get allergy shots.
  • Read the information on the package of any over-the-counter medicine, including allergy and cold remedies.
  • Drugs and alcohol together can combine to impair your driving even more drastically; ask your doctor or pharmacist.

 Remember, fatigue and stress will also affect your ability to drive.

You will be subject to a roadside test if the officer has reason to believe you are under the influence, you will face the charge of Impaired  and driving under the influence should you be deemed impaired by the testing officer.

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