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How you can win a dui charge
November 6, 2012

“How Can I Win?” Impaired Driving Defences

Here are five different defences that could be brought up by your defence team if you have been charged for impaired driving.

impaired driving penalties
November 7, 2012

Impaired Driving Penalties & Consequences

The Highway Traffic Act (HTA) creates punishments that are added on to the Criminal Code fines and periods of imprisonment for impaired driving offences. Our job as a defence team is get your charges reduced, diminish the penalties imposed, or avoid them altogether.

impaired boating
August 17, 2012

Impaired Boating Charges

Operating a boat while impaired is also an offence in Ontario. What is considered a ‘boat’ is also varied: it can mean rafts, jet-skis, sail boards, or even row-boats. Charges in this area will often see an interaction between provincial and federal laws.

suspended liscence
May 16, 2012

Driving With A Suspended Licence

If your license had been suspended and you were caught still operating a vehicle, there may be consequences under the Highway Traffic Act.

ignition interlock
May 15, 2012

Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program

This program involves the installation of a device which can detect the presence of alcohol in the driver’s body. The device can prevent a motor vehicle from being started if the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in the driver’s body exceeds zero.

first 89 days
November 7, 2012

The First 89 Days

If charged with a DUI offence in Ontario, making a decision fast is important. Within the first 89 days after the offence, you must decide either to fight the charges and go to trial, or plead guilty. (NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the period has been extended to 282 days.)

court cases
August 16, 2012

Interesting Court Cases Involving Impaired Driving

Here are five interesting criminal court cases involving impaired driving defences, and how those involved successfully fought their charges.

dui faqs
September 1, 2012

FAQs About Drinking and Driving Charges

You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers. Read about the most common questions we receive about DUI charges, such as inquiries about blood alcohol levels, breath samples, and what defences are possible.

DUI myths
November 12, 2012

16 Myths About Impaired Driving in Canada

Not everything you’ve heard about impaired driving in Canada might be entirely accurate – read about some of the most common myths about DUI charges here and the hard facts.

dui under 21
August 15, 2012

Under 21 Drinking and Driving Law

Caught operating a vehicle while impaired and underage? If you had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of anything over zero, it would be considered an illegal act.

Recent Successes for Our Clients with Impaired Driving Charges

CASE STUDY: Plea Down to Careless Driving – Over 80, Impaired

Mr. M was charged with operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 80 and over mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and operating a vehicle impaired in the city of Milton.

CASE STUDY: Assault and Impaired Driving in Perth

Based on the circumstances, the goal of the client was to have all of the criminal charges withdrawn. This would mean that these new charges would not appear on his criminal record.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Care or Control and Care or Control Over 80 in Oshawa

Given that the Crown was unwilling to withdraw the charge, the very clear goal in this case was simply to show the trial judge that Mr. E. had no intention of moving his vehicle from its resting point in the visitor’s parking of the townhouse complex.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Over 80

Getting the criminal charge of over 80 dropped was the priority. The Highway Traffic Act charges carried fines and penalties, but no criminal record. A plea deal to have the criminal charges dropped would be a fine option that avoided trial and saved the client money.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn – Over 80

While on his drive home from a charitable event, Mr. B was stopped by police in a RIDE check. He had consumed only a small number of drinks that evening, and they were spread out over several hours, but Mr. B was nervous because he rarely encounters police.

CASE STUDY: Charges Withdrawn- Driving With BAC Over 80

Mr. T’s ability to drive was central to his practice as a butcher. Farmers would contact Mr. T in emergencies where livestock needed to be put down and butchered quickly and losing his ability to travel for work would be financially devastating.

CASE STUDY: Over 80 and Charge Withdrawn

Police were notified with information that Mr. K was involved in an assault with his brother and left the scene intoxicated. Shortly after, Mr. K was pulled over while operating his vehicle. After making some incriminating admissions to the officers, Mr. K was asked to provide a breath sample in an approved screening device on the roadside.

CASE STUDY: Stay of Proceedings and Amending YPS Privacy Policies – Over 80

The outcome of Ms. M’s trial was not only a victory for Ms. M herself, but also for all those detained by the York Regional Police moving forward.

CASE STUDY: Plead Down to Non-Criminal Charge in Peterborough – Over 80

If Ms. C plead guilty to Careless Driving, a Highway Traffic Act offence that did not included a criminal record, and agreed to pay a reduced fine and adhere to certain driving conditions, they would drop the Over 80 charge.

CASE STUDY: Plead Down to Non-Criminal Charge – Impaired Driving, Over 80, & Failure to Report

Ms. D made it clear to us during our initial meetings that her greatest concern was avoiding the loss of her licence. While our greater goal was to help Ms. D avoid criminal sanctions at all, we aligned our focus on obtaining an outcome that did not result in the loss of Ms. D’s licence.

CASE STUDY: Reduced from Over 80 to Careless

Mr. H wanted to avoid the criminal charges. We recognized the unfortunate circumstances Mr. H had found himself in and established a clear goal: have Mr. H’s charges reduced to a non-criminal charge.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving, Over 80 in Oshawa

With the Crown unwilling to withdraw the criminal charges against our client, the goal was to go to trial and to have our client found not guilty.


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