Significance of Second & Subsequent Charges
There are a myriad of ways in which having a subsequent charge can affect you.
Sometimes it leads to longer impoundments, car impoundments, and that’s on the Ministry of Transportation side, that’s not on the criminal side.
On the criminal side of things, if you happen to have a prior conviction for a drinking and driving related offense, if that conviction is within the last five years, it’s an almost foregone conclusion that the crown attorney will seek a minimum 30-day jail sentence in the event you’re convicted on the new charge. Over five years it’s discretionary, at least that’s current crown policy, and at some point between ten and twenty years old, if you have a prior, most of the time it will be not impactful of the litigation.