Drinking and Driving Charges in Toronto: What to Expect and Next Steps

Have you been charged with impaired driving, DUI, drinking and driving, “over 80”, refusing or failing to provide a breath sample? Prosecutors will pressure you to plead guilty, but it’s always in your best interest to contact a drinking and driving lawyer before you decide what to do.

What Can I Expect from a Drinking and Driving Conviction?

If you plead guilty, you will be subjected to any or all of the following consequences:

-A fine at least $1,000 for a first conviction or imprisonment for at least 30 days for second convictions and at least 120 days for each subsequent conviction.

-A lifelong criminal conviction. Your fingerprints and photographs will be stored in a police data bank by the RCMP. This can drastically affect your reputation in the community and your future job prospects, relationships, and travel plans.

-You will be prohibited from driving anywhere in Canada for 1 to 3 years for a first conviction, 2 to 5 years for a second conviction, or 3 years to life for each subsequent conviction.

-Your driver’s licence will be suspended by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for 1 year for a first conviction, 3 years for a second conviction, and for life for each subsequent conviction.

-You will be required to install, at your expense, a special ignition interlock device on your vehicle 1 year for a first conviction, 3 years for a second conviction, and for life for each subsequent conviction..

-You will be required to participate in a mandatory education and alcohol treatment program with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation before your license is reinstated.

– You will be required to pay for expensive “high risk” or special facility insurance plans.

It’s clear that an unnecessary guilty plea can be extremely costly for your personal, financial, and professional future. These expenses can be avoided if you make the effort to consult with a qualified drinking and driving lawyer in your area.

If you require an impaired driving lawyer in Toronto, John Erickson can help – call (416)-363-3612 for a FREE consultation.

There are many drunk driving lawyers in Toronto, and it can be difficult to decide who to trust with your case. Prudence is paramount, which is why most people recommend meeting your potential representative in person before making your decision. If you’re in a time-sensitive situation and can only book time to meet with a few, be sure to include John Erickson in your list – here’s 4 reason why:

-An easy and accessible location. John Erickson operates out of a downtown Toronto office on Bloor Street West that is both easy to locate, and easy to access via public transit. Don’t go out of your way and waste a day commuting to meet with your over 80 lawyer in Toronto – quality representation is just around the corner.

-An affordable payment structure that doesn’t compromise on quality. If you’re seeking an affordable drinking and driving lawyer in Toronto, John Erickson is an excellent choice. All first-time consultations are free, and John Erickson works with a transparent block fee billing structure to ensure that clients get exactly what they pay for.

-Experience at every level of the legal system. John Erickson has defended clients in need of qualified representation for over 20 years, with an emphasis on those accused of drinking and driving. 

-Custom legal support you can count on. John Erickson’s commitment to client care has helped distinguish him as a prudent choice for individuals seeking a drinking and driving lawyer in Toronto. Legal support is available 24/7 for clients who require immediate consultation. Every defence is custom-built for the client, taking into account your unique circumstances to expose false allegations and secure justice for you. We have helped a number of clients overcome impaired driving allegations; you can read their testimonials and learn more about John Erickson’s DUI defence at http://ericksonlaw.ca/impaired-driving-charges/.