In Canada, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to a charge of impaired driving under the criminal code (federal legislation). Provinces and territories in Canada also have laws that regulate who is allowed to drive, and under what conditions. This is a complex area of law.
What a Lawyer Can Do For You
A criminal lawyer can assist you every step of the way after you have been approached by the police. In fact, many lawyers specializing in this area of the law suggest you call them as soon as you can during the process before you make a statement or agree to anything after the police have pulled you over. You don’t want to say or agree to anything without knowing the consequences! You have more choices than you may realize.
A Lawyer Can Help You:
- Find out exactly what you are charged with and advise you of your rights.
- Explain what your options are.
- Get bail if you’ve been arrested and put in jail.
- Advise you about collecting evidence that can support the defense of your case, such as toxicology reports, bar jugs, what the bartender used to measure drinks, drink and food receipts, glasses, and documentation of the food you’ve consumed and when you ate it prior to your arrest.
- Assess if all the proper legal steps have been properly carried out, as an error by the police in the process of laying a charge can result in a technicality that can work in your favour to dismiss a charge completely, or lessen it to some degree.
- Defend your case in court to argue for a lesser charge, as an impaired driving charge can dramatically affect your record, reputation, drivers’ license, insurance rates, ability to travel, ability to get to work and keep your job, and quality of life.
- Attend preliminary court proceedings in your place, representing your best interests knowledgeably and professionally.
- Offer advice to help you prepare for your court appearance.