The Consequences of Impaired Driving in Canada: Why It’s Important to Hire a Lawyer for Court in Ottawa

Trial
| 22 December 2022

Impaired driving, also known as drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI, is a serious criminal offence that can have significant consequences for those who are convicted.

In Ottawa, AGP Law has a team of experienced criminal defence lawyers who are dedicated to helping individuals charged with impaired driving navigate the legal system and fight for their rights.

In Canada, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. This includes not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also driving while impaired by prescription or non-prescription drugs. It is also illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit while driving. In Ottawa, the legal BAC limit is 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

The consequences for a conviction of impaired driving can be severe. Depending on the circumstances, an individual may face fines, imprisonment, a driving ban, and other penalties. In addition, a conviction for impaired driving can have long-term consequences, such as increased insurance premiums, a criminal record, and difficulty finding employment.

It is important for individuals charged with impaired driving to seek legal representation as soon as possible. A criminal defence lawyer can provide valuable guidance and help to protect your rights during the legal process. At AGP Law in Ottawa, our team of experienced criminal defence lawyers has a thorough understanding of the law and will work tirelessly to defend your rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

There are a number of defences that may be available to individuals charged with impaired driving. These can include challenging the accuracy of a breathalyzer test, excluding evidence due to sloppy police work or violations of your Charter rights. Impaired investigations are very technical, a criminal defence lawyer is essential assess the specific circumstances of your case and determine the most appropriate defences to raise on your behalf.

If you have been charged with impaired driving in Ottawa or the eastern region, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights. The criminal defence lawyers at AGP Law are here to help. We will provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal process and fight for the best possible outcome. Initial consultations are always free.