Drinking and driving penalties in Peterborough range from a 12 month driving suspension and fine of $1000 for a first offence, up to a lifetime driving prohibition and jail time for a third offence. However, there are some programs that can shorten the suspension and Ignition Interlock periods. With penalties like these it is important to get the right legal help to make sure you can receive a favourable outcome. With so many lawyers in the City of Peterborough alone, it can be nearly impossible to know where to start when choosing legal representation. Below are a few tips that can help you decide which lawyer may be right to represent you in a drinking and driving charge in Peterborough.
Drinking and driving cases can be highly technical and require in depth knowledge of many different aspects. It requires knowledge of the technology used by the police and how you your blood alcohol can affect you. It is not uncommon that a defence may lie in a breached Charter right by the police. A good lawyer will know what, if any, have been breached and is able to craft a strong argument in your favour. If you want to know a bit more about how your lawyer has handled cases similar to yours, you can check the lawyer’s website for any cases they have done before. If you would like to take a look at how the lawyers at Aitken Robertson handle drinking and driving cases, we have a large catalogue of different cases, strategies and outcomes on our website.
If you have been charged in Peterborough, your case will be heard at the Peterborough courthouse. In that case you will most likely need a lawyer based in Peterborough to handle your case. Not only do we have offices in Peterborough, we have offices all over Ontario and are ready to meet all your needs. Our Peterborough office is located in downtown not far from the courthouse.
Obviously, fees are an important thing to consider when choosing representation. A sudden out of pocket expense is never something that people are glad to see. When it comes to lawyers, you have some choice as to how you wish to pay. Some lawyers choose to bill on an hourly rate meaning they charge a specific rate for each hour of work they do on your case. Other lawyers use a block billing method. At Aitken Robertson, we use the block billing method which allows clients to know exactly how much they are paying. We also offer interest free payment plans.
Some law firms offer a free initial consultation. This is a good chance to discuss the basics of your case and get an understanding of what strategies the lawyer may use. This is also a time to ask any burning questions you may have. They can be done in person or over the phone. Aitken Robertson offers a free 30 minute consultation where you can understand a little bit more about how we as a firm will handle your case. We also provide a fee quote which can help you make your decision.
Don’t just take the lawyer’s word for it. Do some research into what past clients have to say about their experience. It’s often very helpful to know what people in similar situations thought about the lawyer and how their case was handled.
A drinking and driving charge and have tremendous impacts of your life if convicted. You need an experienced lawyer who can make sure that your rights are being protected. Call us if you have been charged with a drinking and driving offence in Peterborough at 705-742-0440 to book your free consultation.