Defending Impaired Driving Charges
Driving under the influence is a criminal offense in Canada that has serious consequences. When charged with impaired driving or DUI, you could face penalties and even jail time besides possible suspension of your driver’s license. To avoid these consequences, you need an experienced criminal lawyer by your side. At Kahlon Law, we understand impaired driving law and know all the available defenses to handle your impaired driving charges successfully. We can help you beat DUI charges and safeguard your future. Impaired driving or DUI is a criminal offense in the Criminal Code of Canada. It is defined as an act of driving a vehicle while the person’s driving ability is impaired due to the use of alcohol or drugs.
Another related offense is “driving over 80” which is the alcohol level set by the Criminal Code of Canada that a driver can have in their blood system. If the alcohol-blood ratio is more than 80mgs alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in their system, the driver can be charged for the offense of Driving over 80. Whether you’re charged with impaired driving or facing driving over 80 charges, we are here to help! It’s normal to get stressed when charged but don’t plead guilty before you retain a lawyer. DUI is a criminal charge and pleading guilty means a criminal record that affects your work and travel abilities.
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Being convicted for the first time means a $1,000 fine, a one-year driver’s license suspension, and enrolment in an alcohol education course. Even when the driver’s license suspension is lifted, your insurance premium could go through the roof. In addition to this, there will be a high cost involved with the impaired driving education program and the ignition interlock program after license reinstatement. The consequences are more serious for second-time offenders such as a three-year license suspension and 30 days sentencing. But when we represent you, we create a strong defense strategy to get your charges dismissed or minimize penalties.
You could be charged even if the vehicle was not in motion. This happens when you’re in care and control of the vehicle or if you have a blood-alcohol level that is equal to or exceeds the legal limit within two hours of operating your vehicle. We will assess your case and find solutions to beat the charges against you. Even if you failed the breath test, we recommend you not plead guilty before you consult a lawyer. The prosecutor may not have sufficient evidence to prove that you are guilty. Even if the case seems to go against you, we can negotiate a plea to a lesser offense. DUI charges do not always go to trial. As experts in DUI law, we have withdrawn or resolved many cases before any trial proceedings. Based on circumstances, we help impaired driving charges withdrawn for non-criminal traffic charges like traffic tickets to prevent criminal records or license suspension. We use various possible defenses to address allegations against our client such as challenging breath testing procedures or the police officers’ reasons for obtaining a breath sample.