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Drunk, Drugged and “High” Driving

Criminal Impaired Driving Charges

These charges all fall under “Impaired Driving” and are issued under the Criminal Code in relation to driving while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.  These types of charges include and are also known as:

  • Drinking Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Impaired Driving
  • Driving Over 0.08%
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • High driving
  • Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample

Impaired driving charges are governed by sections 253 through 259 of the Criminal Code.  It is not unusual for a person to be charged with multiple offences at the same time.

What to Expect

Most of the time, you will not be held in jail or overnight.  Instead, you will be released and given a “Promise to Appear”.  The Promise to Appear is a sheet of paper with a court date, which is your “First Appearance Date”.

You must attend court on your First Appearance Date.  If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will attend for you.  If you do not attend court or secure a lawyer to attend court on your behalf, the court will issue a warrant for your arrest.

Your First Appearance Date is the day that either you or your lawyer presents in court and collects the “initial disclosure” documents in relation to your case.  These initial disclosure documents are the documents that Crown has been provided by the police and provide the argument for the case against you.

After your First Appearance Date, if you have a lawyer, your lawyer will go through your initial disclosure documents.  It is your lawyers’ job to defend you against the allegations and to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your circumstances.

A criminal conviction for an impaired driving offence can have a massive impact on your life. A conviction includes:

  • a criminal record
  • a lengthy driving prohibition and
  • a monetary fine

If this is your second offence, or if there are significant aggravating circumstances, you could be looking at jail time.  A conviction for impaired driving can affect your ability to find employment, to operate a motor vehicle, to travel outside Canada and to secure volunteer opportunities.

An experienced criminal defence lawyer knows what to do and how to help.

Why Call Us?

We are a team of experienced criminal defense lawyers, former government prosecutors and ICBC defence lawyers, with a strong track record in successfully defending clients who have been charged with both alcohol and drug impaired driving.

Call us for a free case evaluation.

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