DUI Lawyer | Drunk Driving & Impaired Driving Defence Lawyer

If you are facing charges of driving while impaired, it is very important to be represented by a specialized Impaired Driving Lawyer. At What The Law, we have a group of experienced lawyers, who specialize in Impaired Driving / Drinking and Driving and other DUI-Related Charges and will make this process as smooth as possible for you or your family member.

  • Over 80 MG
  • Impaired Driving (By Alcohol or Drug)
  • Refuse Sample
  • Impaired/ Over 80/ Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm or death
  • Dangerous Operation
  • Care and Control

To be charged with impaired driving means you are controlling a motorized vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 80mg per 100 ml of blood. Commonly referred to as a BAC of 0.08 legal limit. However, these days impairment isn’t just for alcohol, it counts for cannabis, prescribed medications or any combination of these.

Ontario has some of the toughest drinking and driving laws and penalties in North America and not just when the BAC is over the legal limit. You can also face serious penalties if your BAC is in the “warn range” between 0.05 and 0.08.

First offence

  • Suspended license for 3 days and a $250 penalty.

Second offence within 5 years

  • Suspended license for 7 days, a $350 penalty plus you must attend an education program.

Young drivers under the age of 21 and new drivers of any age have a zero-tolerance rule, which means they cannot have any trace of alcohol when behind the wheel. Ontario has zero tolerance for both alcohol and drugs for all young and novice drivers.

The consequences for impaired driving are serious, a DUI Lawyer will analyze your case in order to determine what options are available to you. There are many defenses for impaired driving charges and based on the evidence, a seasoned lawyer can present your case to reduce the penalty or possibly get you acquitted.

However, a court conviction, regardless of your age, have monetary fines and possibly jail time:

First offence

  • Suspended license for a minimum of 1 year
  • Ignition interlock device must be used for a minimum of 1 year
  • Mandatory medical exam to meet the requirements for driving in Ontario

Second offence within 10 years

  • License suspension minimum of 3 years
  • Mandatory treatment program
  • Ignition interlock device installed for a minimum of 3 years

Third or more offence within 10 years

  • Lifetime license suspension
  • Mandatory treatment program