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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.
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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.
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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.
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suspended liscence
May 16, 2012

Driving With A Suspended Licence in Ontario

If your license had been suspended and you were caught still operating a vehicle, there may be consequences under the Highway Traffic Act.
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Recent Successes for Our Clients with Impaired Driving Charges

CASE STUDY: Acquittal – Impaired by Drugs and Dangerous Operation

Following a mishap regarding our client being advised to take an incorrect dosage of Ativan, the Durham Regional Police Service stopped Mr. B's vehicle as a result of erratic driving but, fortunately, before any accidents had occurred. Mr. B had no recollection of entering his vehicle or being caution by the police to pull his vehicle over.

CASE STUDY: Over 80

Our client, Mr. N, was a hard working 23 year old man, employed as a bricklayer. It was essential to our client that he keep his driver’s licence so that he could travel from job to jobs sites in the Chatham area.

CASE STUDY: Charges of Over 80 in Belleville Dismissed

An officer of the Belleville police department received the call just after 9:00 p.m. A citizen had phoned Dispatch to report a red pickup track driving erratically.

CASE STUDY: Drunk Driving with Drugs

Mr. V was in a restaurant and unhappy with his food order. After some argument with staff, staff called the police against Mr. V. The staff complained to police that Mr. V was impaired and driving.

CASE STUDY: Care & Control and Over 80 Acquittal

Mr. G had been watching the CFL Grey Cup while he hung out with a few of his friends on the night of Sunday November 25 to Monday November 26, 2014. At the time, he was facing a serious financial burden as he was supporting his new, young family.  After entering the car with his friends, he turned towards the street from the parking garage but shortly made an additional turn to return to the parking garage. An officer, who was located across the street, grew suspicious that he should be entering the vehicle so late on a Sunday night / early Monday morning on Grey Cup day and decided to investigate.

CASE STUDY: Impaired, Over 80

Our client, a young man, aged 34 found himself in difficulties with the police, and retained me to assist with his file.

CASE STUDY: Plea Bargain for Dangerous Driving, Over 80, and other Driving Offences

After a number of discussions with the Crown Attorney and a number of Judicial Pre-Trials, the Crown agreed to amend the Mr. H’s charges and withdraw others. Mr. H entered a plea of guilty to Over 80, simple assault and breach. All other charges were withdrawn.

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: Over 80mg – Stay of Proceedings

Ms. B had just recently arrived back to Canada. Her plane had only just landed not long before she was stopped by the Ontario R.I.D.E. program as she drove home from the airport. She explained to the officer that she was feeling jetlagged but the officer could smell an odour of alcohol coming from her breath. She was placed under arrest after failing the approved screening device test.

CASE STUDY: Impaired Driving and Refuse Breath Sample

Mr. A was charged with Impaired Driving contrary to s. 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code and Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample contrary to s. 253(5) of the Criminal Code.

CASE STUDY: Evidence Inadmissible and Charge Dismissed – Over 80

The evidence collected after Mr. M told the officer he accepted duty counsel as his representation was deemed inadmissible, and the charges of over 80 were dismissed. Mr. M left the courtroom that day without fear that a criminal record might harm his business or his family.

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.

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